Current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will return to the octagon at next month’s UFC 239 event against dangerous knockout artist Thiago Santos.
‘Bones’ was most recently seen in action in the headliner of UFC 235, where he defeated Anthony Smith via unanimous decision to retain his 205-pound strap.
Prior to his victory over ‘Lionheart’, Jon Jones was coming off a knockout win over the recently retired Alexander Gustafsson.
Ahead of his highly anticipated showdown with Santos, Jones took to Instagram where he issued a strong statement regarding fighter management pay.
Check it out:
“In every sport the generations that come before teach the one on the way up the game. Fighting it’s a bit different because we are individuals in this business, but it shouldn’t stop us from reaching back to light the way. I started this thing young and had some great people help me along the way, plus having 2 brothers in the league helped me see a whole different side of things. I want to help those making their way through and I’ll start with this: No manager should ever be getting 20% of your money.” Jon Jones wrote in his Instagram post. “I hear about and see too many young fighters getting stuck in bad deals. Real talk a manager should make 10%, maybe 15 if they are really getting it done for you, but never should you be paying a manager more than you pay Uncle Sam. NEVER.”
Jon Jones continued:
“If all your manager does is sit in while you sign contracts then start looking for another. If they want 15% let that come on the endorsements they get you because THAT is where their focus should always be. Growing your brand. The game has given me a lot and it’s my job to give back to it. I haven’t always had the easiest navigation but good people helped me along the way. Just trying to pay some of that Back is all. God Bless.”
UFC 239 takes place July 6 live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Do you think Jon Jones will be able to continue his streak of dominance against Thiago Santos? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!