I think Jon Jones saying he wants more than the expected $8-10M for a superfight with Francis seems a bit less crazy now that we’re seeing that GSP made $10M to fight Bisping. The reported PPV buys were 875K in North America, which is very similar to one of Jon’s fights with DC that did 860K buys.
So yeah, I get what Jon’s saying. Jon said he made around 5M to fight DC, and GSP made double that for an almost identical amount of PPV buys. I get that GSP was part of some bigger events years prior, but it’s not like Jon is some dickhead who doesn’t sell PPVs. He has several over 700K, and topped 500K with Anthony Smith.
Jon isn’t trying to break the pay scale, he’s trying to get the same money other big name guys get for big selling PPVs. He’s not coming back for one quick cash grab, he wants to fight Francis then defend the belt…and when he sees that GSP made $10M on an event that sold similarly to some of the events he’s done and made half the $…and that Khabib made $10M to fight Gaethje on an event that did less than 700K buys, I get it.
I have no doubt Jon vs Francis sells better than GSP vs Bisping, and I don’t think Francis tops 400K buys without Jon (unless they stack the card with something like a Diaz vs Masvidal rematch or something else that’ll carry the PPV). I don’t know what the right number is, but if Jon vs Francis does more than 1M buys, he should make more than the 10M GSP made to fight Bisping.