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Jon Jones Thinks UFC Will 'Do the Right Thing,' Book Francis Ngannou Fight

Adam WellsApril 8, 2021

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Despite taking a strong-arm approach with UFC, Jon Jones is optimistic the promotion will do what it takes to make the fight between himself and heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou happen. 

Speaking to FightHype.com, Jones said "I think it's gonna happen" and that UFC will "do the right thing" when asked if the Ngannou bout was going to get booked (starts at 1:00 mark):

Money is the source of Jones' frustration with UFC as he prepares to move up to heavyweight for the first time in his career:

BONY @JonnyBones

Everyone knows fighters don’t make anything close to what they actually bring in when they fight. I really don’t see what the big deal is paying your main event for one of the biggest possible fights ever. It’s not like I’ll be asking for my actual fair share

UFC president Dana White told reporters after Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 that if Jones really wanted to fight the heavyweight champion, he "knows he can get the fight."

MMAFighting.com @MMAFighting

#UFC president @DanaWhite responds to @JonnyBones' recent tweets following @Francis_Ngannou's KO win at #UFC260:<br><br>"If Jon Jones really wants the fight, Jon Jones knows he can get the fight."<br><br>Watch full video: https://t.co/zRXsTxQwDa pic.twitter.com/cTLrywB0kF

This isn't the first instance of a UFC fighter trying to use his or her leverage to get a larger purse for a marquee fight. 

Per Ryan Harkness of MMA Mania, UFC fighters make 19.5 percent of the gross revenue generated by the promotion. 

Welterweight star Jorge Masvidal tweeted about the disproportionate amount of money that fighters receive when he was in the midst of a contract dispute with UFC last June:

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50% of the revenue. I don’t get paid on the hot dog you sell in the arena or the logo on the cage. I’ve never made a dollar on a ticket you sell. I get punched in the face for a living and even I know the pandemic or what’s left of it has nothing to do with it

A Jones-Ngannou matchup is one of the biggest money fights UFC can make right now.

Ngannou has won five consecutive fights after back-to-back losses against Miocic and Derrick Lewis in 2018. The Predator most recently knocked out Miocic in the second round of UFC 260 on March 27. 

Jones vacated the light-heavyweight title in August to prepare for a move up to the heavyweight division. He is unbeaten in 18 consecutive fights dating back to 2010.   

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