Jon Jones Says $8-10M Is 'Way Too Low' for Francis Ngannou UFC Fight

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMarch 31, 2021

RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO - FEBRUARY 15:  UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones looks on after Jan Blachowicz of Poland defeats Corey Anderson by KO in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Santa Ana Star Center on February 15, 2020 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Jon Jones isn't getting back into the Octagon without a hefty payday. Based on Jones' recent comments, it doesn't seem like Dana White is anywhere near the pound-for-pound GOAT's asking price.

Jones sent out a series of tweets Wednesday saying UFC's $8-10 million offer for his next fight is "way too low":

BONY @JonnyBones

I had a brief phone meeting with UFC‘s lawyer Hunter a few days ago. As of right now I expressed to him that anywhere around eight to $10 million would be way too low for a fight of this magnitude. That’s all that has been discussed so far.

BONY @JonnyBones

I’ve been working my ass off for years, concussions, surgeries, fighting the Toughest competition UFC had to offer throughout my 20s for right around 2 million per fight. I’m just trying to have my payday, the fight that all of us fighters Believe is one day possible.

BONY @JonnyBones

I tweeted show me the money and that evidently pissed off the boss. What a learning lesson. I feel like if Connor would’ve sent that same tweet there would have been whiskey night.

Jones' presumed next fight would be against Francis Ngannou, who won the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 260 with a second-round knockout of Stipe Miocic. Jones has been adding weight in anticipation of leaving the light heavyweight division to fight heavyweights.

"I don't know what exactly happened between Jon Jones and the UFC, but I think there's something wrong, and I also think he handled it maybe a little in the wrong way," Ngannou said on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show. "Listen, that's not my business.

"There's a lot of contenders ready to fight. For the first time, I'm the man who's making the call. I don't have to sit down and wait for people. They're waiting for me, and I'm ready. I can choose to fight, and I want to fight maybe two [more] times this year. I hope that [Jones] fight happens."

Jones is 26-1 (1) in his career, with his lone loss to Matt Hamill and his no-contest against Daniel Cormier both coming because of his own mistakes. He was disqualified against Hamill for illegal elbows, and his win over Cormier was thrown out over a positive drug test.

A head-to-head bout against Ngannou would be one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history.