‘Derrick Lewis Doesn’t Have 15 Championships’- Jon Jones Says Derrick Lewis Doesn’t Deserve as Much Money as He Does

Published 03/31/2021, 2:20 PM EDT
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones in his fight against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


The UFC heavyweight division is caught up in a media storm right now. A herculean victory for Francis Ngannou against former champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 has promised multiple interesting storylines and match-ups. One of those is Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou.

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It is certainly the fight to make. Jon Jones moved up to heavyweight and vacated his light heavyweight title, which he had successfully defended 14 times. Therefore, keeping his star power in mind, he is set to fight for the title in a Champion vs. Champion match of sorts. It would be a huge fight, and Jones has asked for adequate compensation.

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Jones went on Twitter and uploaded multiple tweets, talking about the situation. “Everyone knows fighters don’t make anything close to what they actually bring in when they fight. I really don’t see what the big deal is paying your main event for one of the biggest possible fights ever. It’s not like I’ll be asking for my actual fair share,” he said.

However, after a fan brought his attention to the fact that Derrick Lewis was ready to do the fight for far less money than what Jones was demanding, Jones fired back. He brought up his star power and his resume. He also talked about Lewis’s and Ngannou’s last fight, which has been widely regarded as one of the worst fights in UFC history.

“I’m sure he would let him. Derek (Derrick) also doesn’t have 15 world championships on his resume. Their last fight was one of the most boring heavyweight fights in recent history. Completely different situation,” Jones concluded.

Jon Jones and his demands for more money

Bones‘ has talked about the problem of fighters not receiving enough money multiple times. He revealed that he had talked to the UFC about the money for the Ngannou fight. Jones tweeted that he told them that 8 to 10 million would be too low for a fight of this magnitude.

He didn’t stop there and reiterated his initial point that he wants respectable numbers. “I just want respectable numbers so that I don’t feel like a fool entering the biggest fight of my life,” he added.

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It’s not that hard to understand his point of view. It will easily be the biggest fight of Jones’s career. If he wins it, he will cement his place as one of the greatest to ever do it in the UFC. Additionally, he will join a list of an elite few who have held belts in multiple weight classes.

He’s risking it all by moving up to heavyweight, and it’s only a matter of time before we find out if it’s actually worth it or not. His opponent, Francis Ngannou, looks unbeatable at the moment, and he dominated the undisputed GOAT of the division.

Do you think Jon Jones has a chance to beat this version of Francis Ngannou?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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