‘He’s Asking Too Much Money’ – Jon Jones Receives Harsh Criticism From UFC Commentator Michael Bisping

Published 04/13/2021, 6:28 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: Michael Bisping provides commentary for the broadcast during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones looked almost certain to fight Francis Ngannou in his heavyweight debut after the latter captured UFC gold at UFC 260. However, due to disagreements over terms of payment between Jones and the UFC, that fight is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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UFC commentator Michael Bisping believes ‘Bones’ has been a little unreasonable in his demands. The former middleweight champion understands that fans want to see the fight materialize. But ‘The Count’ wants Jones to give the promotion a realistic number. He recently expressed his disappointment over Jones and Ngannou not clashing immediately next.

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Everyone wanted to see Jones versus Ngannou, you know? I wanted to see that. Unfortunately, Jones is now coming out talking, you know, Willie’s coach was talking, throwing around numbers like 50 million. You know what I mean?” he asked.

When you when you start talking those numbers, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, you are just taking yourself out of the conversation. I’m not saying he’s scared or none of that stuff. I’m just saying, He’s asking too much money, you know?” the Brit further added.

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)

Jones hasn’t fought since defending his 205lbs belt against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. He relinquished his throne to prepare for a move to the heavyweight division of the UFC. ‘Bones’ believed the move would reignite the fire in him as a fighter, as many suggested his last few performances have been rather lackluster, considering his sky-high standards. But the future is in jeopardy for the greatest UFC fighter of all time.

Who’s next for Francis Ngannou, if not Jon Jones?

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According to reports, the UFC is pushing a rematch between ‘The Predator‘ and Derrick Lewis. ‘The Black Beast‘ holds a win over the current champion as they fought into a decision in one of the most boring fights in UFC history at UFC 226. However, one might argue the fight will play out totally differently if two of the scariest knockout artists to ever grace the Octagon run it back.

Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Francis Ngannou (red gloves) fights Derrick Lewis (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

What’s next for the heavyweight champion remains to be seen. If not Jones, a contender like Lewis makes sense for his next fight. But him fighting ‘Bones’ next is off the charts for the now, unless any drastic development takes place. What steps the UFC takes next remains to be seen.

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What did you make of Michael Bisping’s assessment of the situation regarding Jon ‘Bones‘ Jones? Share your thoughts with us.

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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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