Obviously, we are all part of a couple of weeks away from the biggest fight in UFC history. The big news coming out of that is the outlandish numbers that the media is posting on the two fighters, that is literally unbelievable. The two fighters are paid $4 million apiece to fight, while the purse is up for negotiation.
Both the champion and challenger should make the same kind of money, but apparently, there is one exception that is being made. The current UFC champion in McGregor is being paid more money than the current UFC champion Jon Jones.
You would have thought, that in all these years of fighting and creating incredible performances, both the champion and the challenger of UFC would be fairly paid by the UFC, but apparently, this is not the case. It just seems like the only reason why Conor McGregor gets paid so much money, is because of the insane number that he performed at against Floyd Mayweather.
Jon Jones needs to be paid more than Conor McGregor, who is arguably the UFC’s biggest superstar right now, has been since, his best performance against Daniel Cormier. Jon Jones has put on incredible performances, which has made him one of the biggest names in the history of UFC.
He has the total record of 19-1 and he needs to be paid better, because of that. But the facts have never counted for anything for Jones, which has resulted in him missing out on several fights, that could have ended in the title. It was obvious that Jon Jones would make millions of dollars against Anthony Johnson or Daniel Cormier, but the fight never happened, which was due to Jones not taking it, which ultimately, put his career in jeopardy.
Jon Jones wants to be paid more than $10 million for the Ngannou fight
Jon Jones wants to be paid more than $10 million for the Ngannou fight but that's the price you pay for being a crazy good fighter with two nicknames:
Jon Jones' nickname for UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is "exterminator" after Jones annihilated his first three opponents (in title fights only) without needing a glove or earplugs, and blasted out his last challenger in 22 seconds flat.
"Exterminator" is a simple enough nickname to throw around so Jones could show that he truly meant it with that taunt, or he could have been aiming a reference to the "hood rat" tactics of UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier's trainer.
On the second point, Jones did blast out Cormier's longtime coach Javier Mendez on his way to scoring a knockout win in 2015. Jones was pleased to say that Cormier was so intimidated by Mendez' message, he never messed with the champion again.
Mendez was fired by the UFC and denied by Jones that the firing was the result of the demotion of the then-undefeated Jones to heavyweight. The tactic appears to be paying dividends in the form of payouts, as Jones announced on the most recent episode of UFC Tonight that he was getting paid $1.5 million for his rematch against Cormier at UFC 214.
Daniel Cormier confident that the $10 million deal will be sealed
It appears Cormier will be making his debut in UFC at a pay-per-view event in the first quarter of the new year. “DC” told UFC Tonight that negotiations are going well on a deal that would see him make his debut against Josh Barnett at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas.
"I'm still waiting on the paperwork to go through but I've got a pretty good idea of what we're getting for that,” he said. “I know my opponent. I think that's going to be the biggest fight I've ever had. So I'm very excited to have that fight."
Barnett, an Olympic wrestler, made his debut at UFC Fight Night 84 on Jan. 17 at UFC Fight Night 84 in London, England. He won the fight by unanimous decision against Kevin Kim.