Jon Jones is currently open to a boxing match if Mike Tyson promises to give him a ‘real fight’ following the recent failed contract negotiations with the UFC.
According to Tyson, he believes the only way Jones is going to make $100 million or more is if he fights a boxer similar to Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather.
“Even if he fights… Jon Jones, he’s not going to get that. Jon Jones gotta fight me if he wants to make some super money,” Tyson said about the fighter pay debate.
Jones responded to Tyson — who is attempting a comeback at 53 years old — by challenging him to a boxing match only if he agrees to a mixed martial arts match.
“I’ll box you in the ring if you promise to give me a real fight in the Octagon afterwards. And because I respect you so much, I promise I won’t break anything.”
As two of the greatest fighters of all time, Jones vs. Tyson would certainly be a spectacle but it is extremely unlikely to happen considering the circumstances.
Highlighted by the 21-year age difference, crossover matches are already rare and Jones would likely need UFC president Dana White to cooperate with him now.
Considering the recent back and forth between Jones and White, it is currently unclear what the light heavyweight champion’s future is in the sport right now.
While it is unclear what type of money Jones was looking for, moving up to the heavyweight division and fighting Francis Ngannou certainly deserves a raise.
However, White revealed Jones supposedly just signed a new contract with the UFC and has to honor it — regardless if he is taking on the scariest fighter.
With the two sides far apart and other fighters supporting Jones’ case, the UFC has not removed him from his No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking or stripped him yet.
Amid all of the challenges associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the hope is Jones and White find common ground and the Ngannou fight happens.