Jon Jones has confirmed he has joined forces with former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer within the hopes of ending his stalemate with the UFC.
The previous light-heavyweight champion vacated his belt in the summertime of 2020 within the hope of pursuing a second world title up at heavyweight.
Nonetheless, conflicting stories from each side of the negotiating desk counsel the conversations weren’t amicable, with ‘Bones’ remaining sidelined since March 2020.
With Francis Ngannou set to defend his belt for the primary time in opposition to Derrick Lewis in a rematch of their 2018 affair, it leaves the 33-year-old in a state of purgatory as he continues to push his physique in the direction of a pure heavyweight body.
Whereas he continues to attempt for bodily excellence, the questions relating to his psychological state as he stays frozen out by the corporate stay – but the pound-for-pound nice is not less than making an attempt to treatment the scenario by hiring Schaefer as his new advisor.
The Swiss banker made his identify with UBS, earlier than giving up finance to work alongside Oscar De La Hoya with Golden Boy. In 2014, he left the corporate and began Ringstar Sports activities earlier than saying the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence in 2017.
His transfer into MMA might come as a shock, however it’s actually a welcome aid hoping to see Jones again within the Octagon earlier than too lengthy.
“I’m excited to embark on this subsequent chapter of my profession as I proceed to cement my place in historical past as one of many greats with Richard as my advisor,” Jones wrote in an announcement on social media.
“I can’t wait to offer my followers and the game the fights they wish to see.”
Dana White has beforehand voiced his displeasure at De La Hoya (to place it politely) but the connection he has accrued with Schaefer is actually constructive.
“I like Richard, I’ve identified Richard for a very long time and clearly, he constructed Golden Boy,” White instructed ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “He constructed that firm. He is aware of what he’s doing, he’s a sensible man.
“I like and respect him and if we are able to get one thing finished we are going to.”
With Ngannou and Lewis set to struggle, Jones is constant to graft in silence to bulk up and problem the winner of the heavyweight title struggle.
And whereas he focuses on sharpening his instruments, Schaefer will do all he can to ensure his new shopper will get the very best fights for the proper cash.
“The UFC, being a publicly traded firm now, they wish to put collectively the largest fights,” Schaefer stated to Yahoo Sports activities. “They’re not going to make any cash if Jon Jones is sitting round.
“They wish to discover a option to construction a deal and the identical is true of Jon. He desires to struggle. Jon is the sort of man, and I like that, he’ll struggle anybody. He likes to problem himself.
“On prime of that, I’ve at all times had a great relationship with Dana. You understand that. We form of like the identical individuals in boxing and we hate the identical individuals in boxing. In addition to that, we’ve at all times revered one another.
“It’s only a matter of sitting down with Dana, which I’ll do, and discover a option to construction a deal which no person can be pleased with however all people can dwell with.”