‘We Make No Money on the Gate’-Jon Jones Breaks Down UFC Fighter Pay

Published 04/05/2021, 11:02 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones enters the octagon in his UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Over the past few years, there have been multiple athletes in the UFC who have raised their voice against fighter pay in the promotion. Often comparing it to the likes of the NFL and the NBA where the players get a greater percentage of the revenue bought in compared to what UFC fighters make. The former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones happens to be one of the many fighters with this problem. 

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‘Bones’ has always had a topsy-turvy relationship with the UFC, most times, however, he was at fault due to his actions outside the ring. However, this time around ‘Bones’ seems adamant that he will not step inside the cage unless his price is met. 

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Jon Jones shares his thoughts on UFC fighter pay

In a recent interview on the Wild Ride! podcast, Jones shared some of the details about UFC fighter’s compensations. 

He said, “We make no money on the gate. Nothing off concessions… Merch they give us a cheque every once in a while, and I’m not trying to goddamn with my employer but it is nothing to pay a bill.” 

Jones continued, “I’ve seen so many Jon Jones shirts, honestly people ask me all the time, where do I get the lion shirt with the half lion half face? And I am just like honestly it’s a nice shirt you could probably get it on the UFC website. But if you’re doing it to support me, I don’t get anything off that.”

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After Francis Ngannou’s win Jon Jones stated he would fight ‘The Predator‘. However, what ensued was a war of words with the UFC. The former heavyweight champion stated that anywhere between $8-10 million would be too little for a fight of this magnitude.

Recent developments suggest that the UFC will not oblige Jon Jones as they are targeting a fight between Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou. If that is indeed the case, ‘Bones’ might not fight for the foreseeable future. 

HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 247 event at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

What do you make of the issue between UFC fighters and the promotion regarding pay? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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