UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) is on the cusp of mainstream superstardom, but “Bones” finds himself in a bit of a conundrum.
Jones is one of the UFC’s few fighters who enjoy a percentage of the pay-per-view pie for each card he performs in. However, he would like to headline a freebie FOX show and benefit from the added exposure that a primetime audience offers.
“I would absolutely love to be on a FOX card,” Jones stated Thursday. “I would have to figure out how I would work that out with [UFC president Dana White because I would] not be getting any of the pay-per-view and stuff like that, but you do it because it’s a job, too.
“I would absolutely be honored to [fight in front of] a different demographic. A lot of people can’t afford to be spending $60 for entertainment like that, and I’m aware of that. I’d love to fight for people like that. I’d be honored.”
Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez sacrificed his PPV check by defending his crown against Junior dos Santos in the UFC’s debut on FOX in November 2011. However, it is believed the UFC took care of him with one of their infamous discretionary bonuses.
The UFC would have to offer Jones a similar top secret paycheck to fight for free on FOX, as the 25-year-old is one of their biggest draws. At the same time, Jones may find it beneficial to take a slight financial hit in exchange for greater crossover traction.
Jones puts his strap up for grabs against Chael Sonnen this Saturday at UFC 159. Courtesy of Uncle Chael’s pre-fight expertise, Jones is expected to pocket one of his biggest PPV bonuses.