Former UFC gentle heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier weighed in on how considerably pound-for-pound terrific Jon Jones really should make for a possible struggle against heavyweight titleholder Francis Ngannou.
Jones vacated the 205-pound title past August to pursue a title operate in the heavyweight division. He’s but to contend in the larger weight class, but it was expected that he’d get a title shot in his initially battle as a heavyweight. “Bones” is currently attempting to renegotiate his agreement to get a substantial maximize in spend to confront Ngannou in what would be a tremendous battle.
UFC president Dana White just lately stated that Jones required $30 million to facial area Ngannou, an sum Jones refutes. The fight marketing moved on to making an attempt to e book Ngannou towards no. 2 rated Derrick Lewis in a rematch. Jones left his longtime administration group First Round Administration, but hasn’t arrived at an settlement with the UFC.
Through Monday’s version of the “DC & Helwani” ESPN clearly show, Cormier gave his impression on how a lot his previous rival ought to be paid.
“I assume he does are entitled to a huge number,” Cormier explained. “If Conor McGregor – and I really don’t know what Conor makes, but I read Conor will make like 15 million to clearly show up and then he will get all the fork out-per-check out. If Conor makes 15 million to display up, Jones shouldn’t make what Conor McGregor tends to make. If Conor McGregor would make some thing in that selection, Jones shouldn’t make what Conor McGregor helps make. It should be a tier beneath that.
“Does Jon Jones make what Khabib would make? If Khabib tends to make 8 to 10 million, of course. But I don’t feel he need to make what Conor McGregor makes. I do think that Conor McGregor, there ought to be a big difference in the pay out scale due to the fact of what he has intended to the firm. But in the eight-to- 10 million array? I imagine that is effective.”
Cormier believes that they UFC is inclined to shell out Jones effectively to choose the battle, but is not inclined to toss out an astronomical selection to make the struggle happen.
“I believe with 100% certainty they would give him $10 million to show up and fight Francis Ngannou,” Cormier stated. “I think that … and that’s him obtaining his dollars simply because he’s never designed $10 million right before to show. He reported he can make $5 million, correct? So if he helps make $5 million, then you are doubling what he makes to go and struggle Francis.”
Cormier also believes that Jones’ previous record with anti-doping suspensions and brushes with the legislation outside of the cage could be why the UFC is not inclined to pay back Jones the style of money that McGregor receives.
“We fought on a range of events, and every single time a little something occurred after,” Cormier explained. “What if anything takes place soon after? Now you’ve acquired a vacant heavyweight championship and you fork out this male all this dollars. That’s the difficulty, and it’s hard for me to say that mainly because of our historical past. But it is like, UFC 214, him and I, he defeat me. Choose your belt, acquire your dollars, go house. But alternatively, there is an problem. Now what? You’re just gonna place the belt back again on Francis.”