“Second-Highest Ever to Conor McGregor”: Manager’s Massive Claim on Jon Jones’ New UFC Contract Will Make Israel Adesanya and Jorge Masvidal Sad

Published 01/17/2023, 8:06 AM EST
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones stands in his corner prior to his 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)

The UFC community all around the globe is waiting for the comeback of Jon Jones. The latest news about him gives away another milestone the fighter has achieved. The former light heavyweight champion is on track to make the most money ever for a heavyweight. Jones is going to be the second-highest-paid UFC fighter after UFC superstar Conor McGregor. Jones obviously has millions of followers all across the world, but many people were surprised when he reached the milestone. Richard Schaefer, his manager, broke the news on ‘The MMA Hour’. He explained how Jones’ new contract for UFC 285 will make him the highest-paid heavyweight in UFC history.

Jon Jones after Conor McGregor?

‘Bones’ manager said on the MMA Hour that the promotion recognizes Jones’ talent and hence was willing to strike a fair deal. With fans waiting for him to make his huge comeback, it would be interesting to see whether the UFC made the right decision. Considering Jones’ record at light heavyweight, people expect his upcoming fight to be explosive.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 23: Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones poses on the red carpet prior to the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony at Park Theater at Park MGM on September 23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

During the further conversation, he added, “That deal which we made for Jon, makes Jon in the history of UFC, the highest-paid heavyweight athlete. And overall, I think as Hunter mentioned to me, probably the second-highest ever to Conor McGregor. So, it was a long negotiation, but it was not a hostile negotiation where both sides stuck their heels in. Both sides wanted to find a way, and we found a way and here it is.”

Thus, his return of the octagon gets even bigger.

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Israel Adesanya and Jorge Masvidal won’t be happy

The news, however, won’t be a good one for his fellow UFC fighters; particularly Israel Adesanya and Jorge Masvidal. After McGregor, Adesanya, and Masvidal received the biggest payouts. Adesanya made sure to share his accomplishment with his followers on social media. He made the announcement following UFC 271. ‘The Notorious’ and his fellow fighters praised ‘The Last Stylebender’ for moving up a level. Masvidal was able to ensure that he, too, was paid well for his entertaining persona and ferocious fighting.

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There is no denying Jon Jones’ ability, as stated by his manager. On February 8, 2020, Bones defeated Dominick Reyes by a unanimous decision in round 5. Since then, over three years have elapsed. When he decided to remain away from the UFC, he did not sit ideally; instead, he made sure to improve his health and fitness. In order to compete against the strong opponents in the heavyweight division, he added extra size to his body. The UFC’s recognition of his extraordinary talent only heightened the fans’ anticipation of his heavyweight debut against Ciryl Gane at UFC 285.

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Priyanka is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. She has been an ardent fan of the UFC since 2018. She is passionate when it comes to writing about the sport and this is evident in her articles.

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