Richard Schaefer, the person tasked with guiding Jon Jones via maybe the most important second of his struggle profession, has defined how he plans to safe a mega-money struggle with Francis Ngannou for his shopper.
Jones hasn’t competed contained in the Octagon since defeating Dominick Reyes in controversial circumstances at UFC 247 in February 2020.
The previous light-heavyweight king has since relinquished his title and introduced his intention to compete at heavyweight transferring ahead. Regardless of the very fact Jones has impressively bulked up during the last yr, he has been unable to return to monetary phrases with the UFC for his heavyweight debut.
Within the midst of this failure, Jones left his long-time administration staff and has now linked up with Schaefer who’s finest identified for his exploits within the sport of boxing.
Throughout an interview with Sirus XM, Schaefer revealed his objective is to assist manage a struggle between Jones and the present UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou.
“There’s this huge struggle on the market, the struggle in opposition to Francis Ngannou,” Schaefer mentioned. “That’s the struggle everyone needs to see. That’s what struggle followers wish to see – not simply UFC followers, struggle followers interval – and that’s actually my job, is to see if there’s a option to get that struggle executed and characterize Jon Jones the legend in opposition to UFC, to see if we will get it executed.”
Schaefer identified that Jones and Dana White took a improper flip once they started publicly speaking a couple of deal.
“Once you begin negotiating fights within the media, and individuals are beginning to dig of their heels and say, ‘Properly, that is an excessive amount of,’ and individuals who perhaps even aren’t supposed to speak are throwing out loopy numbers, which didn’t even come from the athlete himself, and individuals are getting pissed off at one another, that’s not the best way you get offers executed,” Schaefer mentioned. “These (huge fights) don’t get executed via the media and Twitter and Instagram and issues like that. They get executed by professionals sitting down on the desk speaking in regards to the completely different income streams and negotiating a deal. … That’s actually the issue, as a result of in any other case issues get out of hand.”
Schaefer is assured in making Jones vs. Ngannou on account of his personal monitor file of constructing huge fights and his pleasant relationship with Dana White.
“It’s a matter of sitting down and seeing if we will construction a deal, which everyone can dwell with. I don’t know the MMA managers. I don’t know who the opposite MMA managers are. And I frankly don’t care. I’ve one job, which is to ship to Jon that struggle, and I’m gonna do no matter I can to do this based mostly on my expertise, based mostly on my nice relationship with Dana, and see if we will end up what I feel will be the most important UFC pay-per-view occasion of all time.”
Jon Jones’ advisor insists now’s the time to make a struggle with Ngannou.
“My philosophy going again into my boxing days: If you happen to do have a mega-event (in entrance of you), I all the time attempt to get that mega-event executed,” Schaefer mentioned. “As a result of in the event you enable for interim fights or different fights, you by no means know. A man would possibly lose, a man would possibly get injured. There simply are so many query marks on the market. My philosophy was all the time to ship the most important fights once they can get made.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)
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