Jon Jones should let himself hit the open market while still ranked #1. Imagine the ufc lhw champ receiving bids from all the promotions like the situation with malendez. He would be looking at making "Fedor money" and may up the bar for fighter pay for all mma fighters. He is the only top fighter young and marketable enough to make the move. He would probably be the first fighter since Royce to have a seven-figure guarantee from a major promotion in the history of the sport. The free market would be his friend. From another thread where the argument came up: You are all missing the bigger picture. Jones isn't afraid or ducking anyone. That's what Dana is insinuating in order to try to make Jones sign a less favorable deal than he can get by waiting and properly negotiating terms. Gus will still be fighting when these negotiations are over. The last time Dana tried using fans and media to pressure Jones was ufc 151. Jones didn't bend over then, and he is not going to bend over now. All you guys complain about fighter pay and you want Jones to sign a new contract as soon as possible even if he doesn't like the terms. It makes no sense. If Jones has finished the fights on his contract, he and his manager should be fielding offers from other promotions for the ufc to match. If he hasn't, then why is the ufc trying to make a new deal before the Gus fight? What if Jones wants to finish his current contract BEFORE signing a new one? The open market would end up making Jones a lot more money just because the ufc would match any offer made to him. Think of the position Jones is in: 1. Approaching free agency 2. P4P #1 3. Number 1 in his division 4. Has beaten 5 ufc champs 5. Arguably undefeated except for one bs technicality Does this look familiar? Remind you of a situation from a few years back where a fighter was offered 6 million dollars a fight? Now imagine that fighter was only 26 years old. Jones has more leverage than arguably any fighter in ufc history. He won't be bullied through fans and the media into a deal that he doesn't like. What's it you guys always say? If you don't like the contract, don't sign it. Jones is going to take that advice. Its time to find out how much one fighter can really be worth to the ufc.