12 July 2020 02:32
Dana White tells TMZ Sports he really hopes Jon Jones will fight in the UFC again... Of course, there's been some serious issues between Jones and the UFC--with Jon recently saying he's considering sitting out until he gets a massive increase in pay. "I don't want to fight soon," Jones said on Steve-O's "Wild Ride" podcast... "I have no interest in fighting in the UFC until I get paid what I believe I'm worth." Jones also floated the idea of "retiring" in a tweet back in May if he doesn't get a better deal. I've already done my job, I've given this company over a decade of entertainment.
So, we asked Dana if he thinks Jon will make good on his threat. "I don't know," White said... White says he invited Jones into the UFC office to explain the numbers in an effort to show transparency--but White claims Jones turned down his offer. "Listen, Jon Jones--we've offered--my lawyer offered to have Jon Jones come out and walk Jon Jones through the numbers and Jon Jones was like, 'I don't give a f**k what the numbers are. So, will the two sides ever make peace and will Jon ever fight in the Octagon again?
And if you ask these guys, they'll tell you they're the biggest star in the UFC. "Well, I can tell you this: the guys who really are the biggest stars in the UFC and the guys that bring in the money are the guys that are being paid. "Some of the guys here (know) what a Conor McGregor or a Khabib is making, and they feel they should be making that kind of money, too. With regards to Jones, White admitted that the man he declared to be the "GOAT" isn't getting paid the same as Khabib or McGregor. Ask Jon Jones what he's made.
"I think he's the greatest in the sport within the last however many years, and he just doesn't make the money that a Conor and a Khabib make. For what it's worth, we know the absolute maximum possible value Jones made for majority of his career. Even if we don't consider that the actual figure is several millions less, it still isn't very impressive pay for a professional athlete that White himself calls the sport's greatest of all time. Jones also claimed that he just recently started earning "5+" million a fight. Jones has yet to iron things out with the UFC. Masvidal, on the other hand, was able to work out a new deal with the company, and he's "extremely happy" about it. UFC president Dana White said that he "hopes" UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones fights in the Octagon again, but it's no guarantee. Jones and the UFC have been in disagreement about fighter pay for months now, and Jones recently said that he had no problem sitting out numerous years if it helped the younger fighters get paid what they are worth. Speaking to TMZ Sports, White said while Jones has promised he may hold out for multiple years if he can't come to an agreement on financial terms with the UFC, the UFC president is still hopeful Jones fights in the Octagon again. If he decides to never fight again that's up to him," White said. White confirmed in the interview that both Henry Cejudo and Conor McGregor are retired, but said that there is still the door open for Jones to return as he's not officially retired. "Jon Jones didn't retire. We know where Jon Jones is at. Henry Cejudo and Conor McGregor are retired. He's retired," White confirmed. As for Jones, White said that the UFC has offered to bring the UFC light heavyweight champion into the organization's Las Vegas headquarters and go through the numbers with their lawyers in order to show Jones that he's being compensated fairly. "Listen, at the end of the day, Jon Jones has enough money to retire. The whole Jon Jones thing has been a rollercoaster ride for many, many years. Nothing surprises me with Jon Jones," White said. "We've offered Jon Jones to come out and walk Jon Jones through the numbers and Jon Jones was like, "I don't give a f*ck what the numbers are, I don't care. This is what I want and that's that,'" White said. Do you think Jones will fight in the UFC again? UFC President Dana White said he's hopeful light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will eventually step inside the Octagon again despite a contract dispute with the MMA promotion. White told TMZ Sports in an interview released Friday they've tried to hold talks with Jones, but he's sticking firm in his desire for increased pay. "Listen, Jon Jones—we've offered—my lawyer offered to have Jon Jones come out and walk Jon Jones through the numbers, and Jon Jones was like: 'I don't give a f--k what the numbers are. This is what I want, and that's that,'" he said. When asked whether one of the UFC's biggest draws would return, White replied: "I hope so, but that's up to him... Jones has hinted toward retirement in recent months amid the pay dispute. "Honestly no, not in the stage of my career," he wrote on Twitter in May when asked whether legacy was more important than money. I've given this company over a decade of entertainment." The 32-year-old New York native remained steadfast in that stance during an appearance on the Wild Ride! "I don't want to fight soon," Jones said. I have no interest in fighting in the UFC until I get paid what I believe I'm worth." White admitted the ball is in Jones' court since his financial situation doesn't leave him in a spot where he has to fight. "I don't know," White told TMZ. "Jon Jones has enough money to retire. The whole Jon Jones thing has been a roller-coaster ride for many, many years. Nothing surprises me with Jon Jones." Jones' estimated net worth is $10 million, which ranks tied for 15th all time among MMA fighters, per Dan Western of Wealthy Gorilla. The silver lining for the UFC is Jorge Masvidal, who went through his own contract dispute, recently signed a new multifight deal with the company. White and Co. will hope for a similar resolution with Jones in the months ahead. Bollywood's Amitabh Bachchan hospitalized with coronavirus Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized in Mumbai FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2009 file photo, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan speaks during an interview in London. Bachchan has tested positive for COVID-19 and hospitalised in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital. In a tweet on Saturday, July 11, 2020, Bachchan, 77, said his family and staff have also undergone tests and results are awaited. NEW DELHI--Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, the Bollywood superstar announced Saturday on Twitter. Bachchan, 77, said in a tweet on Saturday that his family and staff have also undergone tests and are awaiting results. The elder Bachchan has acted in more than 200 Indian films over the past five decades. The Bachchans are often called Bollywood's first family. Their son, Abhishek, and daughter-in-law, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are Bollywood superstars as well. Abhishek Bachchan, who is 44, tweeted Saturday night that he also has tested positive for COVID-19 and is hospitalized. The elder Bachchan's breakthrough performance came in the 1973 film "Zanjeer" or "The Chain" and he rose to superstardom playing bold characters, inspiring fans to copy his hairstyle, clothes and deep voice. Bachchan returned to film in the 1990s and made a rare Hollywood film appearance in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 version of "The Great Gatsby." Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Bangalore are among the Indian cities worst hit by the coronavirus. On Saturday, India's coronavirus caseload crossed 800,000 with the biggest spike of 27,114 cases reported in the past 24 hours. The new confirmed cases took the national total to 820,916. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.