Speaking forward of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, White addressed the difficulty on the Bill Simmons podcast.
“We tried to work with Jon, and we finally have to move on because realistically, and in all honesty, Derrick Lewis is the guy who deserves the fight,” White started, when requested who “The Predator” will face subsequent.
“Derrick Lewis is a heavyweight, he beat Francis Ngannou [already in 2018], he seemed good in his final two fights, he is ranked within the prime three, I believe, and he deserves the battle, ” White revealed.
“This is the battle that ought to happen. We’re simply going to trip and do what we’re doing. When Jon is prepared, he’ll tell us. “
Stretching additional, White claimed that Jones is “Speaking, he wants $ 30 million guaranteed”.
“The means it really works is that these guys all share the pay-per-view… He will share the advantages of the battle. This is the way it works. This is the way you run a enterprise, and you do not go bankrupt. ”
I by no means mentioned wanting 30 million with you or Hunter @danawhite you’re simply questioning the place you heard that quantity? Is somebody chatting with you on my behalf or …
– BONY (@JonnyBones) April 23, 2021
Catching the wind of remarks, Jones took to Twitter to provide his facet of the story.
“I never discussed wanting 30 million with you or [Chief Business Officer] hunter [Campbell], Dana White, ” he wrote, marking the UFC supremo.
“Are you just wondering where you heard that number?” Is somebody talking on my behalf or… ” Jones paused.
Very unhappy that they base the fights they do on what they pay the fighters and never on the fights that may generate extra money and develop the game.
– Stephen (@barsouthstephen) April 23, 2021
Tired of the heist with Jones making his heavyweight debut and difficult Ngannou for the crown, MMA fans took to social media to specific their dismay with White and Jones.
“Can we all do something as fans where we don’t buy the PPV if they do Ngannou vs Lewis 2?” “ one prompt.
“I do not see anybody saying they’d slightly see it, and a battle of this magnitude [Jones vs Ngannou] ought to reward fighters with an enormous paycheck anyway (not $ 1 or $ 2 million).
“Very sad that they make the fights they lead on what they pay the fighters, and not on the fights that will generate more money and develop the sport,” he lamented.
So you need $ 20 million? Because $ 10 million is a no and $ 30 million isn’t what you set in? Dude you all gotta cease taking part in video games what is the quantity. UFC received over $ 900 million final yr… .. I say $ 15 million meets within the center and this battle begins
– JV (@InfestedJoker) April 23, 2021
(*30*) “ mocked a detractor of Jones, making his personal guess as to what it’s going to take to get the GOAT candidate into the octagon with Ngannou.
“Because $ 10 million is a no and $ 30 million is not what you put in?” Man, you all have to cease taking part in video games. What quantity is it? “
“The UFC received over $ 900 million final yr… I say $ 15 million [is] simply go to the center and begin this battle, ” it was ordered.