Does Jon Jones Deserve to Be Paid More Than What UFC is Offering?

Published 04/03/2021, 8:43 AM EDT
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)


Jon Jones is one of the best fighters in the UFC and sits atop the promotion’s pound-for-pound rankings. The former light heavyweight champion is all set to make his debut in the heavyweight division.

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Ahead of UFC 260, it was believed that ‘Bones’ would fight the winner of the main event, but now, his fight against Ngannou is no closer than it was before the event.

Jones and the UFC are in the middle of a financial dispute, as the fighter has clearly expressed that he is not happy with the amount of money UFC is paying him for the fight.

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What does Jon Jones think about the money?

Jones recently took to Twitter and wrote about how he thinks they should pay him more for a fight of this magnitude. ‘Bones’ tweeted, “I just want respectable numbers, so that I don’t feel like a fool entering the biggest fight of my life. “

Many people have condemned Jones’s attitude, and they have not liked the way Jones he been asking for money. But many fighters and fans have supported Bones’ desire to get paid more, and Michael Chiesa is one of them. ‘Maverick’ Chiesa believes Jones deserves to be paid more but is going about it all wrong.

During an interview, the welterweight fighter talked about the same. He said, “Where Jon is going about it wrong is this outcry on social media. He knows who to call: you call Hunter Campbell and you get the deal done. You start negotiations that way. You’re getting off on the wrong foot by getting out on social media.”

Is Jon Jones’s demand right?

Jones is a decorated and tenured UFC fighter who has put his body on the line for the promotion for over a decade. Hence, he is right in believing that he needs to be paid the right amount of money for his future fights.

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However, fans may believe that Jones’s route to get what he wanted was wrong, as he should not have taken the negotiation public. But his demands are right, and he should choose the right way to go about demanding the same.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones looks on during a Light Heavyweight titlebout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

If the Jones vs Ngannou fight is going to happen, it is going to be a grand affair. Although for that to happen, both Dana White and the former light heavyweight champion need to work together.

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What is your take on the scenario surrounding Jones and the UFC?

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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