How Much Money Does Jon Jones Want For Francis Ngannou Fight?
UFC President Dana White has revealed Jon Jones’ asking price to fight Francis Ngannou.
Jones is the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He vacated the gold after deciding to move up in weight. Jones was planning to challenge the winner of Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2 for the UFC Heavyweight Title. Ngannou knocked Miocic out and Jones set his sights on “The Predator.”
The big issue here has to do with pay. Jones has questioned why he can’t make Deontay Wilder money when he’s one of the best fighters in MMA history. He also wants to be compensated more for taking the risk to fight Ngannou.
During a chat with Bill Simmons, White spilled the beans on Jones’ asking price (h/t Mirror).
“He’s [Jones] talking he wants $30 million guaranteed. These guys all share in the pay-per-view… so he will share in the profits of the fight.
“That’s how it works; that’s how you run a business and you don’t go broke. We tried to work with Jon and we eventually have to move on.”
Fighter pay certainly isn’t a new discussion in the world of MMA. Many fighters such as UFC 261 headliner Jorge Masvidal have been outspoken about compensation. Whenever asked about the issue, White often says everyone wants to be paid more. The UFC boss insists that opportunities are always available.
Jones and White haven’t had the best business relationship throughout the years. Jones has admitted he still holds a grudge towards White over the UFC boss publicly bashing him for not taking a short-notice fight back in 2012.