UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been at odds with the UFC over his pay. He is demanding higher pay from the UFC and has stated previously that he deserves to be paid more.
It all started after Dana White stated that Jon Jones wasn’t going to get a pay hike to move up to the heavyweight division and fight Francis Ngannou. This followed by both parties calling each other liars.
Now Jon Jones has stated that he is willing to put his career on hold if he isn’t paid more money by the biggest Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the world.
“I’m not asking for anything outrageous, and I know we’re in a pandemic, and I know when you’re a multimillionaire and you’re asking for more, it makes you seem like this greedy person,” Jones said on Steve-O’s “Wild Ride” podcast (via ESPN). “I’m very aware of all of this, but I’m also very aware that I have the voice and the platform to make change.
“Most of the guys who are doing the absolute worst are not in the position that they can say publicly, ‘I have a second job, I’m borrowing money from my parents.’ I know so many fighters who are living in the Jackson Wink MMA gym because they can’t afford to have their own apartment, and they’re UFC fighters. So this is sad,” Jones said.
Jon Jones is confident that he will sort out the pay issue with the UFC
While things haven’t been good between Jon Jones and the UFC recently, he is confident that the UFC will meet him halfway through his demands.
“I don’t want to fight soon,” Jones said. “I have no interest in fighting in the UFC until I get paid what I believe I’m worth.
“I think it’s really powerful when you stand up for what you believe is right. I think eventually the UFC will realize that they’re being stubborn, will realize that they have a special athlete in myself, and I think they’ll eventually meet me halfway.”
Do you guys think UFC will give Jon Jones the raise he has been asking for?