Jon Jones Says he Has “The Platform to Make Change” Regarding Fighter Pay
By FCF Staff
Jon Jones has been publicly battling with the UFC over his current contract in recent weeks. But, the light-heavyweight champ says he’s hoping to use his position as a means to raise the financial compensation of all UFC fighters.
Ever since talks for a bout between the light-heavyweight champ and heavyweight contender, Francis Ngannou fell through, Jones has been blasting the UFC over how much they pay him.
UFC President Dana White has claimed ‘Bones’ asked for a massive sum of money, rivaling what boxing star Deontay Wilder made for his rematch with Tyson Fury. Jones, however, claims that’s not true. White has also cited the fact Jones recently signed a new contract extension.
More recently Jones has accused the UFC of “ripping” him off during his twenties, and he’s also claimed he’s vacating the light-heavyweight title. During a recent appearance on Steve-O’s “Wild Ride!” podcast, Jones also said this (quotes via MMA Fighting).
“I’m not asking for anything outrageous,” Jones said. “I know we’re in a pandemic and I know when you’re a multi-millionaire and you’re asking for more it makes you seem like this greedy person and all this type of things. I’m very aware of all this. But I’m also very aware that I have the voice and the platform to make change.
“Most of the guys who are doing the absolute worst [financially] are not in a position that they could say publicly, ‘I have a second job, I’m borrowing money from my parents.’ I know so many fighters that are living in the Jackson’s MMA gym because they can’t afford to have their own apartment and they’re UFC fighters. This is sad.”
The 32-year-old Jones (26-1, 1 NC) is coming off a tightly contested, split decision win over Dominick Reyes in February.