Jon Jones is in search of an enormous payday and it seems a showdown with 53-year-old former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson may be one of the simplest ways to money a sizeable test proper now.

Throughout a stay chat earlier this week, Tyson talked in regards to the ongoing points with fighter pay within the UFC the place prime athletes earn far under their counterparts in boxing. Tyson argued that Jones as arguably the best of all time must face somebody like him to take residence a really large paycheck.

“A UFC [fighter] won’t ever be richer than a firstclass [boxer],” Tyson mentioned. “To make 100 million {dollars}, Conor [McGregor] needed to combat Floyd [Mayweather]!

“Even when he fights Jon Jones, he’s not going to get that. Jon Jones gotta combat me if he needs to make some tremendous cash.”

Now Tyson’s remark could have been in jest however he has been teasing a return to motion after coaching movies have proven the previous nice getting again into prime form.

There has even been a buzz about Tyson presumably signing as much as face Evander Holyfield once more following his personal announcement {that a} return to the ring was doable.

Whereas a combat in opposition to Jones appears extremely unlikely, the UFC’s mild heavyweight champion seized the second to tag Tyson in a social media put up as he made the supply to crossover to boxing so long as the previous heavyweight nice would then meet him within the octagon.

“Mike Tyson — I’ll field you within the ring in the event you promise to present me an actual combat within the octagon afterwards,” Jones wrote on Instagram. “And since I respect you a lot, I promise I received’t break something on you.”

Jones is at present concerned in a contract dispute with the UFC after he expressed curiosity in transferring as much as heavyweight to face Francis Ngannou in his subsequent combat. He then took a shot on the UFC after negotiations had been nearly instantly shut down when Jones claimed that the promotion wouldn’t even entertain paying him a better payment for the combat.

UFC president Dana White then responded by saying Jones was asking for cash akin to boxer Deontay Wilder, who reportedly earned round $30 million for his most up-to-date combat in opposition to Tyson Fury.

Jones then declared that he was able to give up his UFC title and stroll away from the game relatively than being disrespected any additional.

There may be nonetheless no phrase on when — or if — Jones will combat once more however the prospect of dealing with Tyson for a hefty payday undoubtedly appears to enchantment to him.