Jon Jones is able to stay by his warfare with the UFC for the long haul.
In an appearance on Steve-O’s “Wild Skedaddle!” podcast Thursday, the UFC gentle heavyweight champion, who has been locked in a pay dispute with UFC president Dana White, says he’s no longer stepping support into the octagon until he will get what he believes is his ravishing share of the profits his fights generate.
“I don’t want to warfare rapidly,” Jones acknowledged. “I shouldn’t catch any hobby in struggling with in the UFC until I acquire paid what I mediate I’m charge.”
Nonetheless the fighter belief to be by many the finest pound-for-pound competitor in combined martial arts historical past says this isn’t all about him — he’s pondering of the fellows on the underside of the pay scale.
While stars cherish Jones are believed to acquire hundreds of hundreds of dollar in undisclosed money above their warfare purses, that are public file, these on the underside of the UFC roster acquire assured money that no longer regularly covers expenses, competing for a promotion which is valued at $7 billion.
“I’m no longer inquiring for anything frightful, and I do know we’re in a deadly illness, and I do know whenever you’re a multimillionaire and likewise you’re inquiring for extra, it makes you seem cherish this greedy particular person,” Jones acknowledged. “I’m very attentive to all of this, however I’m additionally very conscious that I in actuality catch the negate and the platform to acquire alternate.
“Most of the fellows who’re doing absolutely the worst are no longer in the convey that they are able to negate publicly, ‘I in actuality catch a 2d job, I’m borrowing money from my parents,’” Jones persevered. “I do know so many combatants who dwell in the Jackson Wink MMA fitness heart because they are able to’t catch the funds for to catch their non-public residence, and besides they’re UFC combatants. So here is sad.”
To that discontinue, Jones, who turns 33 next month, says he’s piquant to wait as long because it takes to acquire his point.
“If I in actuality must catch a notorious relationship with Dana, sit down out for 2 years, three years, to lift gentle to what’s going on, then these are the things people bear in mind you for extra than a hit belts. I stood for the younger combatants.”
The public dispute between Jones and White began when Jones requested greater money for the scheme back of stepping as a lot as face high heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou. The duo engaged in a public game of rooster, almost courageous one one other to originate text messages which would spell out precisely how famous money Jones a truly grand, however neither facet adopted through.
Jones acknowledged he doesn’t want his relationship with White to be sour, however is piquant to endure the brunt of however this standoff plays out.
“If it has gotten to a convey of being non-public, I would factual famous reasonably work for a firm where I felt cherish I went residence,” Jones acknowledged. “I’m residence when I bound to work. I in actuality catch a enormous relationship with the UFC workers, however it surely’s a weird and wonderful feeling whenever you’re feeling cherish they don’t want you there.”
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