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Dana White Explains Why Jon Jones Won’t Get $30 Million He Requested – MMA Root

If Jon Jones doesn’t budge from his $ 30 million asking price, it looks like we won’t see him fight heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou for the title.

Negotiations between Jon Jones and the UFC regarding a mega heavyweight fight against new heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou have been highly publicized. So far, Jones has shared all the information about the negotiations. He has been very open from the beginning about his salary concerns and is looking to be adequately compensated in the future, especially for a fight of the magnitude of Jon Jones against Francis Ngannou.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Dana White was moving in the direction of booking a rematch between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis. White had discussed all the reasons why a rematch between those two giants makes sense, but what he hadn’t revealed until now is why it makes so much more financial sense: Jon Jones’ request for $ 30 million (Farah Hannoun transcript).

“We try to work with Jon, and eventually we have to move on because realistically, and in all honesty, Derrick Lewis is the guy who deserves the fight,” White said on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “Derrick Lewis is a heavyweight, he beat Francis Ngannou, he looked good in his last two fights, he’s ranked in the top three, I think, and he deserves the fight. That’s the fight that should happen. We will just roll and do what we do. When Jon is ready, he will let us know.

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Jon Jones, Image Credit: Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

“In his deal, he’s talking about wanting $ 30 million guaranteed. The way this works is that all of these guys share pay-per-view. … Shall share the winnings of the fight Is that how it works. This is how you run a business and you don’t go broke. “

Before this bombshell, Jon Jones’ trainer had argued that $ 25 million seemed like a fair amount, and Jones himself said that $ 10 million was too low. According to Dana White, both of these massive numbers are still millions of dollars from Jon Jones’ final sale price: 30 million buckeraoos.

If things continue according to the pattern, Jon Jones will give his side of the story and / or continue to defend the reported sum of $ 30 million, either in an interview or from his Twitter account.

If true, what do you think about Jon Jones’ request to be paid $ 30 million to fight Francis Ngannou?

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