John Jones has publicly stated that he never requested $ 30 million to fight against Francis Ngannou
After Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 to become the new UFC heavyweight champion, (Dana White) stated that Derek Lewis would likely be the next in line to fight for the belt. This would be bewilderment for fans who assumed Jon Jones would be Francis Ngannou ‘number one contender for the title defence. (Jon Jones) later went to social media and said that the UFC was cutting his fighting salary and that their $10 million offer was not enough to fight. Now we have a better idea of what number Jones is looking for, they said
In his deal, he’s talking he wants $30 million guaranteed,” White told The Bill Simmons Podcast. “The way that this works is these guys all share in the pay-per-view. … He will share in the profits of the fight. That’s how it works. That’s how you run a business, and you don’t go broke.”
As predicted, Jon Jones has taken to his go-to forum of Twitter to address White’s claim.
“I never discussed wanting 30 million with you or Hunter dana white just wondering where you heard that number? Is someone speaking with you on my behalf or…”
Could this perhaps be a case of miscommunication? Perhaps Jones wanted a lesser amount upfront and expected to end up with $30 million after taking pay-per-view (PPV) buys into account. It doesn’t seem likely, but maybe hope is yet alive.
What do you make of Dana White saying Jon Jones asked for $30 million and Jones immediately denying it?