UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones believes he has a responsibility to help the next generation of MMA fighters.
Jones (24-1 MMA, 18-1 UFC) took to social media to provide some guidance on the business side of the sport, speaking from his experience:
“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.”
LMAO fans asking to be choked out by Jon Jones. He was halfway to Valhalla pic.twitter.com/seHdnRpLGM
— Aloquicius Jackson XI (@PushupSensei) June 18, 2019
“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.”
“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”