UFC president Dana White and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones got into it repeatedly this week over a potential superfight with top heavyweight Francis Ngannou. White implied Jones wanted $25-30 million and said the numbers weren't there. Jones said he never threw a number. White said that A. Jones in the MMA G.O.A.T., and B. Yes he did and there were texts to prove it. Jones said to make the alleged texts public.
At the UFC on ESPN 9 post-fight press conference, White was asked about it.
“Who do you believe? It’s up to you guys," said White. "What the f*** would I lie for? What do I have to gain from lying about it? Why would I lie? It doesn’t matter. You know what I mean? Obviously, he’s fired up right now.”
“He had a great talk yesterday with Hunter, my lawyer, who’s really close to Jon Jones and likes him. They have a good relationship. They had a good talk yesterday. It is what it is. I really don’t care. I couldn’t care less, to be honest with you."
“They had a good talk. They had a good talk yesterday. Those guys are tight. ... I’m always looking at what Jon Jones could’ve been. He could have been the LeBron of this sport. He could have been that big. The stuff that’s he been through, to show up and think he basically [demanded] $15 million, or $20 million, or $30 million, it’s crazy. He can do whatever he wants to do. He can sit out. He can fight. He can do whatever.”
“Being the greatest of all-time doesn’t mean you get $30 million. Being able to sell [does]. Jon Jones has done a lot of things to himself. In one of his tweets, he was saying I tarnished him. I tarnished you? You’ve done a very good job of tarnishing you. I haven’t done that.
“Hunter told him. You can come in and walk through the numbers. ‘I’ll walk you through the numbers.’ And he says, ‘I don’t give a s*** what the numbers are. I want what I want, and that’s it.’ That’s not how life works. Why don’t you guys fly back and tell your boss, ‘f*** what this company makes. This is what I want and you’re going to give it to me.’ See how that s*** works out for you.”