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Jon Jones responds to Dana White's allegation that he wanted $30 million for Francis Ngannou fight

Dana White [L] and Jon Jones [R].
Dana White [L] and Jon Jones [R].
Tarun Bhatt
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Modified 26 Apr 2021
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Jon Jones has struck back at UFC president Dana White for claiming that the former UFC champion demanded $30 million to fight Francis Ngannou.

In a recent tweet, Jon Jones asserted he has never mentioned such a preposterous amount in his contract negotiations with UFC matchmakers. Jones has however been adamant about getting compensated fairly, considering that his jump to heavyweight will assuredly generate massive pay-per-view numbers.

"I never discussed wanting 30 million with you or Hunter @danawhite just wondering where you heard that number? Is someone speaking with you on my behalf or..." wrote Jon Jones.

Jon Jones' comment was in response to Dana White's recent interview with The Ringer. According to White, the UFC might green-light a rematch between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis. White reasoned that the promotion couldn't come to terms with Bones' demand for a $30 million payday.

The UFC supremo isn't willing to alter the pre-existing compensation structure for Jon Jones. Apart from their fight purse, UFC stars also take home a small percentage of their pay-per-view profits.

“In his deal, he’s talking he wants $30 million guaranteed,” White said. “The way that this works is these guys all share in the pay-per-view, so you just said yourself you think that this is gonna be a big fight. I agree with you and think it’s gonna be a big fight, well 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, that’s how that works.” (Transcription credits: MMAFighting.com)

This isn't the first time Jon Jones has lashed out at Dana White's supposedly false accusations

During a press conference in May 2020, Dana White shed light on Jon Jones' tussle with the promotion regarding compensation. White stated that 'Bones' wanted to get paid "what Deontay Wilder was paid." White added that Jones' career earnings were up to par, considering the former champion's blemished track record.

"I don't want to go there with this guy. The guy has made a lot of money. If you look at Jon Jones' track record, show me somebody that has the track record this guy has and has made the money that Jon Jones has made. Doesn't happen," said Dana White.

Subsequently, Jon Jones took to social media to refute Dana White's claims. In a bizarre Twitter rant, Jones vehemently accused the UFC brass of spreading lies regarding his demands for a hefty paycheck.

Published 24 Apr 2021
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