Veteran UFC fighter Jon Jones is expected to face Francis Ngannou later this year and he seems to have only one condition, a hefty paycheck. This could be one of the biggest fights of the year and many fighters as well as fans have expressed their opinions on the mega-event.
But, Daniel Cormier, fighter-turned-commentator sure had something to say about Jones’ pay issue. While speaking on the ‘DC and Helwani’ podcast, he offered his view on why Jones shouldn’t expect a paycheck like that of Conor McGregor.
Cormier said, “Does Jon Jones make what Khabib makes? If Khabib makes $8 million to $10 million, yes. But I don’t believe he should make what Conor McGregor makes.
“I do believe that Conor McGregor, there should be a difference in the pay scale because of what he has meant to the company.”
Cormier was of the view that anything between $8 million to $10 million was justifiable. He said, “But in the $8 million to $10 million range? I think that works. I believe with 100% certainty, (the UFC) would give (Jones) $10 million to show up and fight Francis Ngannou.”
Cormier further commented that, “I believe that. And that’s him getting his money. Because he’s never made $10 million before to show. He said he makes $5 million, right?
“So if he makes $5 million, then you’re doubling what he makes to go and fight Francis,” he stated.
However, Jon Jones does not agree with ‘DC’. He took to Twitter to state that a sum between $8 million to $10 million was way too low for a fight of this magnitude.
I had a brief phone meeting with UFC‘s lawyer Hunter a few days ago. As of right now I expressed to him that anywhere around eight to $10 million would be way too low for a fight of this magnitude. That’s all that has been discussed so far.— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 31, 2021
‘Bones’ had made a compromise with his Light Heavyweight title in order to pursue his dream of becoming a Heavyweight champion.
But his demand for a hefty paycheck is certainly clashing with his own dream. With UFC now clearly favouring a scrap between Ngannou and Derrick Lewis, things seem to be going downhill for Jones.
It will be interesting to see how the events unfold between the UFC and Bones.