‘Ask Tom Brady Ask LeBron James’- Jon Jones Wants to Be Paid Fair Money by UFC

Published 03/31/2021, 1:48 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones waits in his corner prior to 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 Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Jon Jones looked set to fight the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou at UFC 260. ‘The Predator’ finally claimed UFC gold by an emphatic knockout win. Jones was expected to clash against him in his much-anticipated heavyweight debut. But he has been involved in a spat with the UFC regarding payment issues.

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The former light-heavyweight champion once again took to Twitter to express his opinion, drawing a comparison with NFL star Tom Brady and NBA legend LeBron James. “Ask other champions with way fewer championships to me if they would compete for those numbers. Especially in a Super Bowl like event. Ask Brady, ask LeBron?” he wrote.

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The former UFC light-heavyweight champion deleted his tweet minutes after posting it. It will further add to the tension between him and the UFC. Jones wants to be compensated according to his worth. He is considered the greatest UFC fighter of all-time. So, it’s understandable he wants to be treated that way as well.

He also compared his payments with the likes of Deontay Wilder and Conor McGregor recently. Now ‘Bones’ brought other superstar athletes like Brady and James to the conversation. As an athlete, there is no doubt Jones resides alongside all those names at the same level.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on after his after their UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout with Thiago Santos of Brazil at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated Santos by decision. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

But he is not satisfied with the UFC’s treatment of a great champion like him. But with the promotion also sticking to their guns, things are certain to take more interesting turns in the near future.

Is Jon Jones right to claim more money?

Issues regarding payment between fighters and the UFC are nothing new. Jones himself has been involved countless times against the company. But all those differences have been settled in the past. The promotion wants to hold onto their greatest fighter of all time. However, Jones wants to be paid like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brady, or the Los Angeles Lakers superstar James.

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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)

This is just yet another chapter adding to an endless saga. One can expect both parties to come to a resolution soon. However, the stances from both ‘Bones’ and the UFC have been much stricter than ever before. So, there might be some unexpected turn of events in the store.

Will Jon ‘Bones‘ and the UFC eventually agree on terms? What do you think?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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