‘Highest Paid’- Snubbing Conor McGregor, Jon Jones Highlights His Financial Earnings From UFC and ‘Great Relationship’ With Dana White

Published 01/19/2024, 11:53 PM EST

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Jon Jones may be the greatest mixed martial artist in the history of the sport. His excellence in the octagon is rivaled only by his ability to get in trouble. The undisputed heavyweight champion has been arrested five times over the past eight years, including for domestic violence, DUI, hit-and-run, and a negligent use of a firearm charge.

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However, Jones, who is injured and out for the first half of 2024, seems to have recovered from his elbow surgery and is eager to return to the octagon. The 36-year-old took to Twitter (now X) and reflected on his journey, along with some sage advice for the young fighters.

Jon Jones looks back on his younger self

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Jon Jones was scheduled to face former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in a legacy-defining fight at UFC 295 last November. However, a torn pec forced him to pull out and the bout was postponed, with the UFC replacing it with Tom Aspinall vs. Sergei Pavlovich.

And the time off seems to have put Jones in a reflective mood. The champion took to Twitter and looked back on his younger days, ruing his immaturity and rashness and comparing it with today, when he is the heavyweight champion and has a great relationship with the promotion.

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In addition, ‘Bones’ also felt that he was probably the highest-paid athlete on the UFC roster. While the earnings of fighters are not disclosed, most sources agree that Conor McGregor is the highest-paid athlete in the promotion, but Jones may be second after him.

 

any fans were hoping to see Jones fight on the upcoming UFC 300 mega card in April. And Jones has revealed whether or not he would make an appearance on the anniversary card.

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Jones reveals he was approached to fight at UFC 300

Jon Jones revealed in a tweet that he had been approached by the UFC for a possible fight at UFC 300. However, given his injury, he had to turn it down. Interestingly, he talked about how good his relationship is with the UFC in this tweet, too. “I was actually called and offered to fight on the event. The guys said they just wanted to give me the option. We both knew I wouldn’t be ready. My relationship with UFC is better now than it’s ever been,” he tweeted.

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Jones is expected to fight Miocic and then retire if he wins, which he probably will. Miocic has fought only once in the last four years. It would be a mistake, however, to discount Miocic. The former heavyweight champion is among the greatest fighters in UFC history and is considered one of the best heavyweights.

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Kanishk Thakur

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Hi, I am Kanishk and I am a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. I love telling the stories of these magnificent fighters and this wildly unpredictable sport that is so frustrating and yet so joyous at the same time. I never really used to watch MMA, thinking it too crude or brutal a sport to deserve respect.
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