Jon Jones wants Dana White and the UFC to interrupt the bank to prepare what would be a momentous heavyweight clash with reigning champion Francis Ngannou nonetheless his earlier rival Daniel Cormier has instructed Jones to slam the breaks on his pay calls for.
Jones relinquished the UFC light heavyweight title remaining yr before a switch to the heavyweight division and became as soon as considered to be the presumptive subsequent man up for a title bout after Ngannou dethroned frail champ Stipe Miocic this yr. Nonetheless, a staring contest rapidly developed between Jones and UFC president Dana White surrounding Jones’ supposed purse quiz before any probably battle.
But Jones’ rival Cormier, who beforehand held the UFC heavyweight title, says that Jones shouldn’t be wanting for to jump the queue of the UFC’s most tantalizing-paid warring parties.
“I contemplate he does deserve a neat number,” Cormier mentioned to ESPN. “I don’t judge… if Conor McGregor — and I don’t know what Conor makes — nonetheless I heard Conor makes, like, $15m to designate up after which he will get the entire pay-per-watch.
“If Conor makes $15m to designate up, Jones shouldn’t salvage what Conor McGregor makes. If Conor McGregor makes one thing in that range, Jones shouldn’t salvage what Conor McGregor makes. It is going to serene be a tier below that. Does Jon Jones salvage what Khabib [Nurmagomedov] makes? If Khabib makes $8m to $10m, yes. But I don’t judge he ought to serene salvage what Conor McGregor makes.
“I judge with 100 per cent certainty, (the UFC) would give (Jones) $10m to designate up and battle Francis Ngannou. I judge that.
“And that’s him getting his money on myth of he’s never made $10m earlier than to designate. He mentioned he makes $5m, correct? So if he makes $5m, then you definately’re doubling what he makes to gallop and battle Francis.”
It doesn’t seem as if there would possibly be any resolution to Jones’ pay dispute with the UFC earlier than Francis Ngannou’s subsequent battle, because the Cameroonian slugger is now widely anticipated to rematch Derrick Lewis — who holds a name select in opposition to him — later this yr.