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Dana White Says Jon Jones Wanted An ‘Absurd’ Amount of Money For Francis Ngannou Fight

May 28, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Dana White says that the lack of a Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou fight has to do with Jones’ “absurd” monetary demands. White spoke with ESPN on Thursday and offered his own side of why the fight isn’t going to go down, which Jones revealed last week wouldn’t be happening because the company was “unwilling to pay more for the Francis superfight.”

White confirmed that the two sides were far apart on money but disagreed with Jones’ claim that the talks broke down “before even discussing numbers,” saying that the amount Jones wanted was over the top.

“It’s one thing if you come out and say, ‘Yeah, listen, I want a little more money,’” White said (per MMA Junkie. “The amount of money Jon Jones wanted doesn’t make (sense). First of all, you have, in the light heavyweight division, the Dominick Reyes fight as the fight that makes sense. So is Jon Jones going to go and fight Francis Ngannou, then try to take a run at the heavyweight title? I don’t believe that. He’s never wanted to move to heavyweight before. For the amount of money he’s asking for, it’s not going to happen. You couldn’t be asking for a more absurd amount of money at a worse time.”

Jones last competed in February at UFC 247, defeating Dominick Reyes via split decision. White added that he respects Jones’ accomplishments, saying, “Listen, there’s no debate. Jon Jones in the GOAT. Jon Jones is the greatest to ever do it. There’s no debate about it if you look at what the guy has accomplished, and what he was doing while he accomplished these things. You know what I mean?”