As we mentioned earlier today, Jon Jones is a real Twitter rip recently. And while a lot of things just troll the trolls, he excited fans by listing all the great fights he saw in his immediate future … the one that excited everyone the most was Francis Ngannou.
“Who do you consider the quickest and most technical striker Thiago Santos or Francis? Jones wrote in a tweet. “If you think I wouldn’t take this fight, you’re crazy. I have absolutely nothing else to prove as a light heavyweight. I would love this big money fight right now. Send the case!
“There have been heavyweight fights everywhere, Thiago and Dominic home games, the middleweights are talking big and of course Jan is waiting for his opportunity,” said Jones. “Call it what you like, your boys are hot right now.” I have a feeling that my career is about to explode and I will be ready for it. “
With UFC 250 currently extremely slim and being featured in a not-so-scintillating women’s featherweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and green like grass Felicia Spencer, you’d think UFC President Dana White would be more than happy to take Jones on his offer to confront Ngannou. Unfortunately, the business side means continuing to keep hunters’ wages under control, especially in these uncertain financial times. And it doesn’t seem like White is ready to put in place what it would take to put this together.
“I don’t know if these guys really want this fight,” said White at the post-fight press conference for Saturday’s last UFC event in Jacksonville, Florida. “Let me tell you this … and I’m not saying that is the case with these two. You see a lot of discussions online or anything. Fighting is another ball game. “
White withdrew the old “I don’t think X really wants to fight” over and over again. Smarter fans understand that this usually means that the fighter does not want to fight for the amount offered in his current contract. Nate Diaz is a perfect example. If the UFC had not desperately wanted to place a major fight at the top of its New York map attended by Donald Trump, they probably would not have finally given Nate and Jorge Masvidal the PPV points they deserved (but had not “won” in the eyes of promotion as non-champions) for their battle of BMF at UFC 244.
Jones has made it clearer and clearer over time that he will continue to step into the ring and fight the best competitor for his standard fees, but anything special would cost the UFC more. A move to heavyweights? Show him the money. Revenge with Dominick Reyes or Thiago Santos? Show him the money. Francis Ngannou? Show. Him. The. Silver.
Sometimes it hurts my head to think of all the big fights we don’t get because of the UFC’s extremely rigid reluctance to throw money into fights that will make them earn more money . But the organization aims just as much to keep the fighters’ compensation in its current position below 20% as it does to give fans what they want. If they’re not going to open their wallets for Nate Diaz, who gave them three of their biggest PPV events in history, what are the odds they’ll do it for Jones against Ngannou?