Why Jon Jones shouldn't sign a new contract....yet

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  1. giusti825

    giusti825 ßanned

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    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.
     
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  2. Shogun Rising

    Shogun Rising I am Shiva god of death

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    Bellator, the new WCW.
     
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    Jones isn't going anywhere. no other promotion will outbid the UFC.
     
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    goldentoe Banned Banned

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    He cant fight any where else because he is the chanp
     
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    Might be a good strategy. Worked out alright for Melendez.
     
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    WWE wins the bidding war :eek:
     
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    wellsdj1 Red Belt

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    Is this his last fight on his contract? As an UFC champ I'm sure he would have to wait around a year to get out of it. I'm just guessing I'm not sure. Financially is it worth sitting out a year or so?
     
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    Cygnus-X Red Belt

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    He has a championship clause so he's basically locked down.
     
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    Imagine how quick Jones would become a "dirty" fighter if he went to Bellator. Dana would be screaming it from the roof tops.
     
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    IngaVovchanchyn Titanium Belt Platinum Member

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    No doubt you are correct. However, they can certainly drive that bid up considerably.
     
  11. giusti825

    giusti825 ßanned

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    They would be getting the number 1 fighter in what is historically the most popular division in the sport. It would give legitimacy to their entire promotion and attract the best lhws.

    The investment they would be willing to make to legitimize their promotion would be substantial. It wouldn't necessarily be about seeing who would outbid the ufc, but it would be about upping his potential offer from the ufc itself.

    Bellator might bid huge and put itself in a win win scenario. Either they get the best fighter in the world or the ufc must now pay out the ass for him.
     
  12. ContinueZero

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    Jones' bread and butter is from his sponsorships now. The UFC is Primetime and they market the hell out of em. Not sure how Nike is gonna feel if he bolts to Bellator for 65000 PPV buys instead of the 500k plus he gets with UFC. The open market has no one that can bid up UFC. Just Jones' PPV take alone is prob higher than what Bellator can pay him.
     
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    who cares about jbj dude is overated
     
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    jones is the new gsp and anderson, ufc has no choice but to shower him with $$$$

    he finally got dana the trash talker by the balls, war jones
     
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    Even if Bellator did that and signed him they have no one for him to fight. The fans won't watch Jones beat up cans in Bellator. Dana would let Jones walk to spite Bellator cuz he knows they can't keep it up. Elite XC and Strikeforce both gambled by over paying guys and they didn't have the resources to maintain any issues. The UFC has so much money and marketing they'd create another star.
     
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    If he goes to Bellator.I'd like to see him fight Emmanuel Newton.Imagine Newton knocking him out with a spinning back hand?
     
  17. giusti825

    giusti825 ßanned

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    Championship clause only adds 3 fights. Bid matching clause lasts 1 year. I would finish the fights, wait out the year matching clause and do a blind bid with the major promotions present......he would make buku money...

    That would be the day we find out how valuable a single fighter can be to a promotion.
     
  18. TheGOD

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    Couldn't he vacate the belt if he wanted to?
     
  19. TheGOD

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    The UFC doesn't know how to create stars.
     
  20. Face Punch

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    This isn't the NFL.

    UFC has the best fighters and the most money to be made. Exactly where Jones belongs.
     

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