Jon Jones is one of the most popular fighters in the history of the UFC. Last month, Jones reacted to the upcoming title fight between him and Francis Ngannou after Ngannou won the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 260.
Jones previously revealed that he felt undervalued and simply wanted to be paid better. According to UFC President Dana White, Jon Jones demanded $30 million, a claim which Jon Jones vehemently denied.
The ongoing discussion regarding Jon Jones deserving better pay has now been addressed by a UFC legend. While speaking on his “DC & Helwani” ESPN show, Daniel Cormier stated that Jon Jones definitely deserves better pay for his upcoming fight against Francis Ngannou.
However, Cormier then added that Jones doesn’t deserve to be paid as much as UFC’s top stars such as Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Jon Jones deserves his money. He has done tremendous things in this sport, but is Jon Jones going to have a number so large that it’s unrealistic? That’s the question because I know that they’re going to pay him.
If Conor McGregor – and I don’t know what Conor makes, but I heard Conor makes like 15 million to show up and then he gets all the pay-per-view. If Conor makes 15 million to show up, Jones shouldn’t make what Conor McGregor makes. If Conor McGregor makes something in that range, Jones shouldn’t make what Conor McGregor makes. It should be a tier beneath that.
Does Jon Jones make what Khabib makes? If Khabib makes eight to 10 million, yes. But I don’t believe he should make what Conor McGregor makes. I do believe that Conor McGregor, there should be a difference in the pay scale because of what he has meant to the company. But in the eight-to- 10 million range? I think that works.”
Francis Ngannou had previously stated that he will be taking care of Jon Jones first and then go after Tyson Fury. We will have to see who will come out on top in the megafight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou, whenever it will finally take place.