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Jon Jones tells UFC $8-10 million ‘way too low’ for Francis Ngannou fight, Derrick Lewis responds

Jon Jones has started negotiations with the UFC in hopes that a deal can be brokered for a showdown with new heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

The longtime light heavyweight king took to Twitter on Wednesday to reveal details surrounding a recent conversation with UFC executive vice president and chief business officer Hunter Campbell as talks get underway for what could be a massive fight for the promotion.

“I had a brief phone meeting with UFC‘s lawyer Hunter a few days ago,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “As of right now I expressed to him that anywhere around $8 to $10 million would be way too low for a fight of this magnitude. That’s all that has been discussed so far.

“I’m supposed to be waiting for what their offer is going to be. Really hoping the numbers are nowhere near that low. I guess we will see what happens.”

Obviously, Jones isn’t saying if that number he released at $8 to $10 million is base pay or more likely the amount of money he’d make after pay-per-view sales are recouped. While pay disclosures are rarely public these days, the UFC has never paid higher than $3 million, which is what Conor McGregor took home for his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov back in 2018.

Typically fighters receiving pay-per-view revenue end up with much higher paydays depending on the overall sales for an event, which is how superstars like McGregor take home multi-millions for a fight regardless of the base pay.

According to Jones, he knows the kind of attention a fight against Ngannou is already producing, which he believes would then translate to huge pay-per-view sales for the UFC when the bout actually happens.

“One thing I’m sure of, I’ve never had more people excited to see a fight than they are now,” Jones said. “I literally can’t walk to my mail box without someone asking me about the fight.”

UFC President Dana White has previously scoffed at Jones’ demands, claming that the former light heavyweight champion was asking for “Deontay Wilder money” after the boxer reportedly made around $30 million for his rematch against Tyson Fury in early 2020.

For his part, Jones feels like he’s only asking for what he’s truly owed, especially considering what he’s been making for the majority of his career.

“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,” Jones revealed. “I’m just trying to have my payday, the fight that all of us fighters believe is one day possible.

“I tweeted show me the money and that evidently pissed off the boss. What a learning lesson. I feel like if Conor would’ve sent that same tweet there would have been whiskey night. I believe I was grossly underpaid throughout my entire 20s. I’m not even here b*tching about that. I just want to see the future done right.
It remains to be seen if the UFC will cater to Jones’ demands, especially with White already stating that Derrick Lewis was also a potential opponent for Ngannou after they previously fought back in 2018. Based on Jones’ figures, Lewis seems like he’s more than ready to sign on the dotted line for that kind of payday.

“I’ll do it for $8 million,” Lewis tweeted, with Jones responding shortly after.

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