Jon Jones refutes Dana White’s declare he requested for $30 million to combat Francis Ngannou
Jon Jones on Friday denied he requested for $30 million to combat heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou, beginning one other forwards and backwards between UFC President Dana White and the previous UFC mild heavyweight champ as his heavyweight future remained in limbo.
White on Friday indicated the UFC had moved on from a heavyweight title combat between Ngannou and Jones after he stated Jones had sought the ten-figure payday. The promotion was as an alternative engaged on a combat between Ngannou and Lewis, who jumped at an $8 million payday as Jones and White sparred within the media over pay.
“I by no means mentioned wanting 30 million with you or [UFC executive] Hunter [Campbell],” Jones wrote. “[Dana White] simply questioning the place you heard that quantity? Is somebody talking with you on my behalf or…”
I by no means mentioned wanting 30 million with you or Hunter @danawhite simply questioning the place you heard that quantity? Is somebody talking with you on my behalf or…
— BONY (@JonnyBones) April 23, 2021
Jones’ response was the most recent indication of a fraying relationship between the ex-champ and his longtime promoter. After White balked a his request to “present me the cash” for a combat with Ngannou, he stated Lewis was “the combat to make” towards the brand new champ, who knocked out Stipe Miocic this previous month to say the belt. A annoyed Jones requested to be launched from contract earlier than expressing confidence the blockbuster combat would ultimately get made.
Previous to Ngannou’s knockout win (and Jones’ request for a pay bump), White had stated the previous mild heavyweight kingpin was first in line for the winner of Ngannou vs. Miocic. However he stated Jones’ upfront calls for compelled a change of path.
“In his deal, he’s speaking he desires $30 million assured,” White stated. “The way in which that this works is these guys all share within the pay-per-view, so that you simply stated your self you assume that that is gonna be an enormous combat. I agree with you and assume it’s gonna be an enormous combat, properly he’ll share within the income of the combat. That’s the way it works. That’s the way you run a enterprise and also you don’t go broke, that’s how that works.”
Jones, 33, has been bulking up in anticipation of a transfer to heavyweight after giving up the sunshine heavyweight title amid one other dispute over cash with the UFC. His most up-to-date combat came about February 2020 at UFC 247, the place he gained a unanimous choice over Dominick Reyes.