Jon Jones says 8 to 10 million dollars is “way too low” offer to fight Francis Ngannou

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Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones revealed that he had a conversation with the UFC and told them that their Offer of 8 to 10 million dollars to fight Francis Ngannou is very low.

Jones, a former light heavyweight champ, vacated that title in 2020 so he could move up to heavyweight. When Francis Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) knocked out Stipe Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) this past Saturday to win the heavyweight belt at UFC 260, much of the talk turned to the potential for Ngannou vs. Jones later this year.

Jon has been bulking up as he prepares to transition to heavyweight and has been waiting in the wings since vacating the light heavyweight title in August. Following Ngannou’s win over Miocic, he tweeted “show me the money,” indicating that he wants to be suitably compensated for a potential superfight with Ngannou.

Upon hearing his comments, White implied that he might not want to take the fight, which prompted the former light heavyweight king to go on Twitter and launch a barrage of tweets before eventually asking for his release.

But now it seems like they have started to come to a proper way of signing a fight as Jonny Bones has now revealed the ongoing discussion between him and the company.

Jon Jones says $8 to $10 million is too low for him

On Wednesday, Jonny Bones said he told Hunter Campbell, the UFC’s executive vice president and chief business officer, that a payday between $8 million and $10 million for a heavyweight title fight “would be way too low.”

“I had a brief phone meeting with UFC‘s lawyer Hunter a few days ago,” he posted on Twitter. “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.

“I’m supposed to be waiting for what their offer is going to be. Hoping the numbers are nowhere near that low.”

“I’ve been working my ass off for years, concussions, surgeries, fighting the Toughest competition UFC had to offer throughout my 20s for right around 2 million per fight. I’m just trying to have my payday, the fight that all of us fighters Believe is one day possible.”

He isn’t saying if that number he released at $8 to $10 million in base pay or more likely the amount of money he’d make after pay-per-view sales are recouped. While pay disclosures are rarely public these days, the UFC has never paid higher than $3 million, which is what Conor McGregor took home for his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov back in 2018.

Typically fighters receiving pay-per-view revenue end up with much higher paydays depending on the overall sales for an event, which is how superstars like McGregor take home multi-millions for a fight regardless of the base pay.

According to Jones, he knows the kind of attention a fight against Ngannou is already producing, which he believes would then translate to huge pay-per-view sales for the UFC when the bout happens.

“One thing I’m sure of, I’ve never had more people excited to see a fight than they are now,” he said. “I literally can’t walk to my mailbox without someone asking me about the fight.”

If it isn’t Jones then Ngannou’s first title defense may be Derrick Lewis, who has a four-fight winning streak in the division. Jones’ next fight at heavyweight will be his first. Lewis on Wednesday tweeted a comment in response to Jones’ payday hopes intimating he’d gladly take $8 million to fight Ngannou.

Jon Bones isn’t sure why it is taking UFC so long to make the right offer for such a big fight. Jon said he thinks it might be because he made UFC president Dana White upset.

“I tweeted show me the money and that pissed off the boss. What a learning lesson. I feel like if Connor would’ve sent that same tweet there would have been whiskey night.”

The MMA world hopes that UFC and Jon Jones would come to an agreement at some point and will give the fans an amazing fight.

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