Speaking with Ariel Helwani on Monday, Daniel Cormier discussed the Jon Jones-Francis Ngannou negotiations.
This has been a hot topic among fans and the fighters, but UFC President Dana White doesn’t want to book the fight.
The UFC light heavyweight champion has claimed that the reason for that is due to the UFC not wanting to pay him more money for going up a weight class. For more on that, click here.
What Does “DC” Think About Jones Money Demand?
“If I’m the UFC, I make it public,” Cormier said (H/T to MMA Fighting). “If we’re sharing, I say, ‘Hey, this is what this dude asked for. That’s absurd. . . This is what he asked for and this is what he made last time.’ I would put his numbers out there, all that undisclosed pay, I’d make public and go, ‘Tell me how I’m being unrealistic.’ Think, number one, you’re gonna fight with no crowd now so the gate is gone and you’ve got to sell a PPV against a guy who is scary. But I was on a card with Stipe and Francis and for as scary as Francis was, it’s not like we did gangbusters numbers. And I think that was before the ESPN deal came in. That was just the normal PPV system. So it’s not like Francis is going to make your numbers skyrocket through the moon.”
“If you asked for $20 million and you made $5 million last fight, that’s unrealistic,” Cormier said. “You’re painting it out to be something that’s not necessarily true, when the reality is, if you’re asking for $20 million, do you really want the fight? I have no idea (what he’s asking for), I’m just using $20 million as a baseline, for what would be a number? Because I’m almost certain the UFC would give him $7-8 million dollars. I don’t think for a second they wouldn’t. I think they would give him that, plus PPV.”