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Jon Jones Accuses The UFC Of Underpaying Him For Most of His Career, Says Fighters Should Get Better Percentages

June 8, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Jon Jones says his feud with the UFC over pay is over years of being underpaid, and that the company needs to start paying fighters what they’re worth. Jones has been vocal about his issues with the company over the last few weeks, claiming that they were not willing to offer him better money for a superfight with Francis Ngannou and asking for his release from the company. He has also announced that he is giving up the UFC light heavyweight title over the issue.

In a new series of tweets posted on Monday, Jones said that the UFC was happy with him “until I asked for a piece of the pie” and said that the company has undervalued him for the majority of his career. He noted that “When I was in my prime, the [UFC’s] way of not paying me was telling me I wasn’t a star. Had me grateful for a new car meanwhile making tens of millions without my knowing.”

He added that he’s “not even asking for backpay for ripping me off throughout my entire 20s. Just wanted to be treated fair moving forward.” He went on to talk about how he had several huge fights throughout his early twenties and was paid around $2 million per fight, which he referred to as “robbery” and that he wants “Just to be treated fair man. For all of us fighters to finally start getting a higher percentage. No one’s asking to break the bank, just show your athletes you don’t think we are all idiots.”

Dana White has said that Jones wanted an “absurd” amount of money, comparing it to Deontay Wilder’s pay for boxing matches. Jones has denied that he asked for anything near that much.

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