Jon Jones is back at it on social media, as he expressed his frustration toward Dana White and the UFC, demanding that he be released from his contract after the battle went public. The negotiations for the light heavyweight champion to move up to heavyweight has spurred these new comments, and his rant could see him to the street looking for a new deal elsewhere.
Ultimately, Jones is in pursuit of an exorbitant amount of money to fight Francis Ngannou, but White has indicated he doesn’t want to release him from his contract. Jones has a point, though, as he stated his income isn’t even half of what Deontay Wilder is earning for his fights.
Reports stated that Wilder cashed in in the $25-30 million range to fight Tyson Fury several months ago.
Jones’ public rant was directed at the UFC director, and he seems confident his worth is far more than his earnings indicate:
“Don’t be a f–king liar, my reputation has already taking enough hits,” Jones tweeted. “I don’t need this bulls–t Dana. I never asked for Diante [sic] Wilder‘s numbers. And how about since Diante is making 30 million, we settle for half of that. Since you said I’m the goat and everything.”
Jones is considered one of the best MMA fighters out there, learning a 26-1 record and somehow only earned $500K for his last fight, via the New York Post. Despite his incredible talent, Jones is one of the more tolerated fighters out there considering his legal troubles and suspensions. Of course, White has to consider who he’s paying and why they’re earning that much.
Paying Jones that much money would have to match up with his image and what he brings to the table. Ultimately, it seems he has the talent but doesn’t represent the UFC most advantageously.