What is occurring with Jon Jones?
He relinquishes the light-heavyweight title, says he would combat at heavyweight, however provided that he will get paid what he’s value and if not, he’ll fortunately sit out.
In ‘good religion’ he’ll stay within the testing pool for round six months, however he has no plans to compete at 205lbs anymore – lastly.
Jones was in assist of his longtime adversary, Daniel Cormier, final weekend throughout UFC 252, however after the bout signalled that he would certainly like a crack at heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
Nonetheless, after the principle occasion, UFC president Dana White mentioned that Francis Ngannou can be subsequent in line and it’s arduous to argue with that.
The Cameroonian has secured 4 first-round KOs towards prime competitors since dropping to Miocic after which Derrick Lewis again in 2018. He appears primed to get one other shot.
So what does all of that imply for Jones? It kinda seems like retirement. It kinda seems like calls for.
UFC made one final effort to have Jones rematch with Dominik Reyes and defend the sunshine heavyweight title as soon as extra. The issue? He has no need to defend that belt after dominating 205lbs for 9 years.
Depend them – 9 years! That’s a very long time to reign over a division and whereas he’s had just a few private setbacks alongside the way in which, he’s nonetheless one of many largest attracts in MMA right this moment.
Based on Ariel Helwani, Jones makes round $5million a combat.
The difficulty is, Jones needs greater than that to maneuver as much as heavyweight, however he’d be fortunate to even get that $5million on this local weather the place ticket gross sales are out the window.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected companies everywhere in the world and taking out the gates for stay sport is a substantial dent of their earnings even with profitable TV offers.
Jones isn’t the primary man to wish to stand his floor over pay. Jorge Masivdal did the identical and Conor McGregor took an analogous route of motion, besides he truly labelled his a retirement.
Masvidal was capable of attain an settlement with UFC as a result of the corporate had little alternative when Gilbert Burns checks constructive for coronavirus at the beginning of his combat week with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
The results of that noticed Masvidal draw a pay-per-view quantity within the realm of McGregor and headline one of many prime 5 most purchased UFC pay-per-views ever. In fact, each different card on that checklist is headlined by, you guessed it – McGregor.
In that occasion, UFC will really feel justified in what they needed to pay out, even when it was reluctantly.
Will Jones get the identical therapy? Make no mistake, each transfer he’s making is calculated.
Staying within the testing pool? A window for UFC to make their transfer.
Relinquishing the 205lb title? It takes away UFC’s capability to make a champion vs champion combat or handcuff him to the division whereas they bide their time and put Ngannou within the spot Bones needs.
At 6-foot-4, Jones has all the time been able to stepping up in weight – particularly once you have a look at his formidable brothers who’ve each performed within the NFL – however the concept one of many best blended martial artists ever who is sort of probably essentially the most expert fighter on the planet may meet the toughest punchers on the earth has all the time intrigued.
Jones isn’t a field workplace sensation. Though he has drawn over seven million buys for the corporate, he’s completed that cumulatively by means of a variety of important occasions.
His highest grossing combat was the second assembly with Cormier and that drew 860,000 buys.
In his first collection of tweets a number of weeks in the past, Jones mentioned that talks with UFC over his cash had hit a lifeless finish. Final weekend, he mentioned he’d spoken to UFC and had constructive talks – so somebody has budged.
Jones is 26-1-(1). He has a no contest on his file (Cormier 2) that was initially a win and a DQ that UFC supremo White has been wanting into overturning years later.
Whereas the file doesn’t have an precise zero, everybody is aware of Bones is unbeaten.
Having simply turned 33 final month, the time is now for Jones to make the transfer up and solidify his already nice, albeit barely stained legacy.
The truth that Cormier moved as much as heavyweight and held the title in each divisions will inspire Jones, too. He won’t admit that, however he must show he can do it too.
So, in essence, he’s taking part in the sport. He’s made his strikes and now it’s as much as UFC to make theirs.
However Jones is much from gone and completed from UFC – he’s simply set his stall out.