UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is without a doubt the most dominating champion in the history of UFC. Standing at 6’4″ tall, the 32-year old champion from Rochester has compiled a record of 24-1 inside the Octagon, with his sole loss coming to Matt Hamilton back in 2009 where he was disqualified because of illegal elbows.
Although Jones has had his fair share of not so great moments outside the Octagon, with age Jones has matured into a phenomenal and wiser fighter. Recently he took to Social Media and offered a piece of golden advice to up and coming fighters. He talked about managers taking advantage of fighters and how much of a fighter’s purse managers should keep and if the manager is doing his job properly.
“In every sport the generations that come before teach the one on the way up the game. Fighting it’s a bit different because we are individuals in this business, but it shouldn’t stop us from reaching back to light the way. I started this thing young and had some great people help me along the way, plus having 2 brothers in the league helped me see a whole different side of things. I want to help those making their way through and I’ll start with this: No manager should ever be getting 20% of your money.
I hear about and see too many young fighters getting stuck in bad deals. Real talk a manager should make 10%, maybe 15 if they are really getting it done for you, but never should you be paying a manager more than you pay Uncle Sam. NEVER.
If all your manager does is sit in while you sign contracts then start looking for another. If they want 15% let that come on the endorsements they get you because THAT is where their focus should always be. Growing your brand.
The game has given me a lot and it’s my job to give back to it. I haven’t always had the easiest navigation but good people helped me along the way. Just trying to pay some of that Back is all. God Bless”
This is really a great piece of advice by Jon Jones who takes on Thiago Santos at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 6.