As an alternative, White indicated he’s detaching from a rising drama with the UFC gentle heavyweight champion over compensation and provides “Bones” a selection: battle, or sit out.
If Jones chooses the previous, although, he isn’t getting $30 million.
“The stuff that he’s been by way of, to point out up and mainly demand $20 million, or $30 million, it’s loopy,” White instructed reporters on the post-fight press convention for UFC on ESPN 9. “So he can do no matter he needs to do. He can sit out, he can battle. He can do no matter.
“You know the way this works. You know the way I’m. Jon Jones can say no matter he needs to publicly, and when he’s prepared to come back again and battle, he can.”
Amid a rising disagreement along with his promoter, Jones, 32, has dared the UFC to launch him from his contract if his “repute causes you to undervalue me this a lot.” The pound-for-pound nice indicated he needs $15 million – or what he stated is half of a $30 million purse not too long ago paid to boxer Deontay Wilder – if he undertakes a showdown with heavyweight knockout artist Francis Ngannou, a battle that’s extensively thought of one of the vital intriguing matchups on the UFC’s aggressive panorama nowadays.
Traditionally, White just isn’t one to cave to calls for in a public spat. And as his relationship has appeared to additional bitter with Jones, a champ whose troubles outdoors the cage have put the UFC in a troublesome place and with whom he’s repeatedly clashed, the promoter indicated he’s handed off the dispute to UFC Government Vice President Hunter Campbell.
Jones has accused White of mendacity to the general public about what goes on behind the scenes in the case of cash and has requested that textual content messages he despatched about Ngannou be made public. White, although, stated he doesn’t care what the champion claims about whether or not or not he’s being truthful.
“Who do you imagine? It’s as much as you guys,” White stated. “The (expletive) would I lie for? What do I achieve in mendacity about it? Why would I lie? Doesn’t matter.
“Clearly, he’s fired up proper now, and he had an incredible speak yesterday with Hunter, my lawyer, who’s actually near Jon Jones and likes him, and so they have a superb relationship, and so they had a superb speak yesterday. However it’s what it’s. I actually don’t care. I may care much less, to be trustworthy with you.”
White repeated an earlier evaluation of Jones as a gifted fighter who’d wasted his potential by moving into bother through the years, saying he’d fallen wanting turning into the MMA equal of NBA nice Lebron James.
Jones, in the meantime, has stated the whole confrontation has reminded him of White’s habits surrounding UFC 151, when the pay-per-view occasion was canceled when he declined a short-notice headliner towards Chael Sonnen.
“Jon Jones and I’ve at all times had this,” White stated. “I’m at all times taking a look at what Jon Jones may have been.”
White didn’t dispute the concept Jones continues to be the GOAT in his sport. However as to what that buys him on the negotiating desk, he indicated “Bones” hadn’t lived as much as his incomes potential in turning into the sort of star that might command stratospheric paydays.
“Being the best of all time doesn’t imply you get $30 million,” White stated. “With the ability to promote…Jon Jones has accomplished plenty of issues to himself. In one in every of his tweets, he was saying that I tarnished [him] – I tarnished you? You’ve accomplished an excellent job of tarnishing you.
“Hunter instructed him, ‘You possibly can are available right here and stroll by way of the numbers.’ He says, ‘I don’t give a f*ck what the numbers are. I need what I need, and that’s it.’ That’s not how life works. Why don’t you guys fly again and inform your boss, ‘I don’t give a f*ck what this firm makes. That is what I need, and also you’re going to present it to me.’ See how that works out for you.”