‘I Have the Platform’- Jon Jones Eager to Stand for Other UFC Fighters’ Pay

Published 04/06/2021, 3:02 AM 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)


Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones is looking to make a stand on issues related to fighters’ pay in the UFC. ‘Bones’ is considered the greatest fighter to ever enter the UFC Octagon. He believes he has a platform to express his anguish over the payment of fighters in the UFC.

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“That’s a good question, though. But, but and I won’t get into specific numbers. I’m not asking for anything outrageous. And I know we’re in a pandemic. And I know, when you’re a multimillionaire, you’re asking for more it makes you seem like this greedy person and all these type of things. I’m very aware of all this,” he said in a recent interview.

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But I’m also very aware that that, that I have the voice in the platform to make change. Most of the guys who are doing the absolute worst, are not in a position that they could say publicly, I have a second job. I’m borrowing money from my parents,” he added.

I know so many fighters that are living in the Jackson’s MMA gym, because they can’t afford to have their own apartment. And they’re UFC fighters. And so this is sad. And and if I have to have a bad relationship with Dana, sit out for two years, three years add to bring to bring light to bring light to what’s happening,” Jones said further.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – APRIL 2: UFC lightweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones interacts with media during an open training session for fans and media at the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness on April 2, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Aaron Sweet/Getty Images)

It’s true that the issue regarding fighters’ payment in the UFC is alarming. Whether Jones’s stance can change anything, remains to be seen.

Is Jon Jones right to make a stand?

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Many UFC fighters have expressed their discontent at how they get paid by the UFC. But those claims often get ignored by the fans and the company. But when a star like Jones brings those complaints to light, it attracts everyone’s attention.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones in his fight against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Bones‘ is currently very keen on giving back to society. He is interested in doing some social work and helping the underprivileged ones. He is certainly doing a great job by standing beside the underpaid fighters of the UFC. How much of an impact he can make, remains to be seen?

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What did you make of Jon Jones’s stance? Let us know.

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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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