UFC mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones stated if he wants to sit down out a number of years to face up for what he believes is true, it is one thing he shall be remembered for greater than his combating. However he’s optimistic the UFC finally will meet him midway in negotiations.
Jones has stated he can be prepared to vacate his belt after talks for a superfight with heavyweight knockout artist Francis Ngannou fell by means of. Jones and fellow UFC famous person Jorge Masvidal are waging social media battles with the UFC and promotion president Dana White to get extra money and enhance income sharing amongst fighters.
“I am not asking for something outrageous, and I do know we’re in a pandemic, and I do know once you’re a multimillionaire and also you’re asking for extra, it makes you appear to be this grasping individual,” Jones stated on Steve-O’s “Wild Journey” podcast. “I am very conscious of all of this, however I am additionally very conscious that I’ve the voice and the platform to make change.
“A lot of the guys who’re doing absolutely the worst will not be within the place that they will say publicly, ‘I’ve a second job, I am borrowing cash from my mother and father.’ I do know so many fighters who’re residing within the Jackson Wink MMA fitness center as a result of they can not afford to have their very own condominium, and so they’re UFC fighters. So that is unhappy.
“And if I’ve to have a nasty relationship with Dana, sit out for 2 years, three years, to carry mild to what’s taking place, then these are the issues folks keep in mind you for greater than successful belts. I stood for the youthful fighters.”
Whereas Masvidal stated “God prepared” that he’ll combat in 2020 if he will get paid what he feels he’s value, Jones isn’t any hurry.
“I do not need to combat quickly,” Jones stated. “I’ve no real interest in combating within the UFC till I receives a commission what I imagine I am value.
“I feel it is actually highly effective once you get up for what you imagine is true. I feel ultimately the UFC will understand that they are being cussed, will understand that they’ve a particular athlete in myself, and I feel they’re going to ultimately meet me midway.”
White, who has described Jones as the best MMA fighter of all time, not too long ago stated Jones can combat each time he needs. He stated Jones and Masvidal each signed new contracts inside the previous 12 months.
“Being the best of all time doesn’t suggest you get $30 million. It is with the ability to promote,” stated White, who added that UFC walked Jones by means of the current numbers on his fights. “[Jones] stated, ‘I do not give a f— what the numbers are. I need what I need.’
“That is not how life works.”
Jones stated he wished he had a greater relationship with White.
“If it has gotten to a spot of being private, I’d simply a lot relatively work for a corporation the place I felt like I went dwelling,” Jones stated. “I am dwelling after I go to work. I’ve a terrific relationship with the UFC employees, however it’s a bizarre feeling once you really feel like they do not need you there.”
Jones stated it could be time for any promotion to have him because the face of the franchise. He stated he realized from a “humiliating” DWI arrest in March and is happy a few group outreach program he helped manage in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the place he trains at Jackson Wink MMA.
“I do really feel good,” he stated. “My final DWI has accomplished lots for me. It set me free in so some ways. It embarrassed me. It reality-checked me. I’ve by no means been on digital camera drunk for the general public to see like that. It was humiliating, and considerably of a backside for me. And I am able to snap it into excessive gear.”