Jon Jones will be the highest-paid heavyweight in UFC history when he returns at UFC 285, according to reports.
It was revealed on Saturday that Jones would face Ciryl Gane in his heavyweight debut for the vacant title at UFC 285. The promotion is at stake in this huge bout, and “Bones” is getting paid for it, according to Jones’ manager, who also claims that he is now the highest-paid heavyweight in history.
“Jon Jones is the GOAT, and the UFC knows it. He is a generational talent, so they were eager to work with us and came to the conclusion that we had put together a fair agreement, which is what we did here,” Richard Schaefer said on The MMA Hour about Jones’ new contract.
Additionally, Schaefer claims they renegotiated Jones’ contract rather than signing a new one because Jones still had eight fights.
Schaefer claims that although Dana White had stated that Jones had signed a new eight-fight contract, it was actually more of a reworking of the previous agreement.
Since defeating Dominick Reyes by decision at UFC 247 in February 2020, Jon Jones hasn’t competed. Prior to that, he defeated Anthony Smith by decision and Thiago Santos by split decision to make his first defense of the title since winning it back at UFC 282.