UFC boss says Jon Jones asked for ‘absurd amount of money’ for super fight
Apparently UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones asked for an unreasonable amount of money for the super fight against Francis Ngannou.
The two went back-and-forth following Ngannou’s 20 second TKO of Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 249. That was Ngannou’s fourth straight, first round finish, in a win streak that included two wins over former heavyweight champions. The UFC 249 result sparked Jones’ interest to move to heavyweight, and both parties were interested in a super fight.
The UFC, however, would not come to an agreement with Jones and Ngannou. This shocked Jones, who spoke out about the issue in the media, being extremely displeased with the UFC’s treatment.
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Now UFC president Dana White has had his say in the matter. Speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, White claimed that Jones outpriced himself and simply asked for too much.
“For the amount of money he was asking for, it’s not going to happen. He couldn’t be asking for a more absurd amount of money at a worse time.”
Jones has since gone on to say that he would consider vacating the light heavyweight title. He is obviously upset with the UFC and the way the negotiations went, but neither side is willing to budge. If Jones decides to make a quick return then a title defence against Jan Blachowicz would be the most likely fight for him. Blachowicz currently rides a three fight winning streak with two KO’s.
Regardless it’s unlikely that we ever see Jones vs Ngannou.