Daniel Cormier: Jon Jones deserves better pay from UFC but not Conor McGregor money
Former UFC bisection champion Daniel Cormier believes Jon Jones should be well compensated for battling heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, but no more than the company's biggest star.
Jones, a former two-time light heavyweight champion, has been publicly spat at with the UFC for wanting a new deal against Ngannou, but it appears the promotion won't budge.
According to UFC President Dana White, Jones asked for $ 30 million, which Jones refuted. Jones said he recently had a conversation with Hunter Campbell, the UFC's executive vice president and chief business officer, letting him know that about $ 8-10 million would be underutilized.
But while rival Cormier believes Jones deserves to be paid, DC believes Jones could price himself out.
"Jon Jones made his living," said Cormier on his ESPN show "DC & Helwani". "He's done tremendous things in this sport, but will Jon Jones have such a large number that it's unrealistic?" That's the question because I know they'll pay him. "
Cormier acknowledged that Jones should be in the upper range of fighting wages, but he certainly doesn't think he should be paid the same as the sport's biggest pay-per-view draw, Conor McGregor. In fact, Cormier used the example of his good friend and teammate, former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, as a salary scale.
"I think he deserved a great number," said Cormier. "If Conor McGregor - and I don't know what Conor is doing, but I heard Conor make 15 million to show up and then he gets all pay per view. If Conor makes 15 million, Jones shouldn't be doing that what Conor McGregor does. If Conor McGregor is doing something in that area, Jones shouldn't be doing what Conor McGregor is doing.
“Does Jon Jones do what Khabib does? If Chabib makes eight to ten million, yes. But I don't think he should do what Conor McGregor does. I believe that Conor McGregor, there should be a difference in the pay scale based on what he's meant to the company. But in the eight to ten million range? I think it works. "
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Cormier firmly believes the UFC is ready to pay Jones significantly more than he ever did, but it's just a matter of his acceptance. Jones recently split from first round management, and the UFC has already switched to Derrick Lewis, who is also represented by FRM, although no official announcement has been made yet.
"I think with 100% certainty they would give him $ 10 million to show up and fight Francis Ngannou," said Cormier. "I think so ... and this is him who's getting his money because he has never made $ 10 million to show it off. He said he makes $ 5 million, right? So if he makes $ 5 million "Double what he earns to fight Francis."
Cormier believes part of the UFC's reluctance to pay Jones is his past mishaps with performance-enhancing drugs and outside of the octagon issues that have resulted in his being stripped of his light heavyweight title more than once.
"We fought several times and every time something happened after that," said Cormier. “What if something happens after that? Now you've got a free heavyweight championship and you're paying this guy all the money. That is the problem, and our history makes it difficult for me to say. But it's like this, UFC 214, him and me, he hit me. Take your belt, take your money, go home. Instead, there is a problem. What now? You'll just put your belt back on Francis. "
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