Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson Thinks Jon Jones Should Get ‘Every Penny He Wants’ to Fight Francis Ngannou

Published 04/03/2021, 6:11 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 05: Anthony Johnson prepares to face Jimi Manuwa in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 191 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Anthony Johnson spoke to Helen Yee and shared his candid views on the recent predicament Jon Jones finds himself in. ‘Bones’ Jones once again is feuding with the UFC over money and contract issues, much like last year. In fact, things have come to a head now as Jones has even called for his release from his contract.

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Should he come to an agreement with the UFC, Jon Jones is the frontrunner to face heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. However, that seems increasingly unlikely with each passing day, and the UFC may end up electing to move on. What’s more, Jones’ recent woes led fans to speculate whether his demand for more pay is deserved.

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Former UFC title challenger Anthony Johnson immediately sided with Jones when asked about the situation by Yee. ‘Rumble’ believes that the work Jones has put in for the company up to this point warrants a massive payday. He even goes so far as to quote a $10 million per fight fixed purse for Jones based on his accomplishments.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: Anthony Johnson celebrates his first-round knockout win over Glover Teixeira in their light heavyweight bout at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

“I think he deserves every penny that he wants. I’m not in the organization anymore, so it’s not my place to speak on it, but I will say I think he deserves every penny that he wants. You know some people want to hold his past over his head. Some type of black cloud or whatever you want to call it.”

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“He’s always going to have his haters, but at the end of the day you can’t deny the man’s skills and what he’s done for the sport and his accomplishments. He should be making, in my opinion, $10 million a fight by now…I do think the man should get paid what he’s asked for. Come to some kind of agreement, both sides can always meet in the middle.”

It’s hard to deny Jones, especially when looking at his reign of dominance against the very best in the sport. However, Dana White and the UFC brass have come out in the past and said he’s not a particularly huge box office draw. But looking at the magnitude of a Ngannou vs Jones fight, the UFC may be inclined to cough up the big bucks to make the bout happen.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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