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Old 08-22-2012, 01:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jon Jones Shows Maturity as He Voices Concerns over Financial Future

K...just to show I'm not a biased individual I decided to post an article that shows a different perspective on the whole "high risk low reward comment on Machida." It makes sense, but his approach could have been different.

Does he really have the foresight or is it a ploy...

Jon Jones recently came under a lot of heat when he stated that a second fight with Lyoto Machida was "high risk and low reward." His logic was that out of all his title defenses, the one with Machida had the lowest buy rate and therefore, the lowest return on pay-per-view payout.

People immediately jumped on these comments and were highly critical of the UFC light heavyweight champion for "whining" about monetary return.

It's pretty common really. People hate when athletes complain about how much or how little money they make as those yearly earnings are often far greater than those of the people who write about or follow their sport.

It's usually when an athlete such as Alex Rodriguez signs a ridiculously lucrative contract that draws public ire. Rodriguez and the New York Yankees agreed to a 10-year, $275 million deal in 2007, making him one of the highest paid athletes in the world. The general feeling was that no athlete needs to make that much money for playing a sport.

However, there are also times when an athlete receives a contract offer that just doesn't meet their expectations. One of the most notorious cases was when Latrell Sprewell was offered a 3-year, $21 million contract extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2004.

Sprewell was insulted by the figure and claimed publicly, "I have a family to feed ... If Glen Taylor wants to see my family fed, he better cough up some money. Otherwise, you're going to see these kids in one of those Sally Struthers commercials soon."

It was a completely ridiculous comment and one that resulted in Sprewell getting absolutely lambasted in the media.

It turns out that Sprewell had some uncanny foresight though, as he has ended up having an incredible amount of financial problems following his retirement from professional basketball.

These problems include foreclosure on multiple homes as well as being forced to auction a yacht in order to satisfy debts.

Sprewell isn't a unique example and these cases aren't just limited to the traditional "stick and ball" sports.

In professional wrestling, Ric Flair's story is considered one of the most depressing. A man who has earned millions as a performer during his professional career, Flair's legacy will end up being one that saw him squander it all away in order to live his character.

The folks over at Cageside Seats have a fantastic write up about Flair's financial despair. However, the abridged version is that Flair is in so much debt that he is no longer the "jet flying, limousine riding, kiss stealing, wheeling dealing, sonuvagun."

This is the same man who once claimed to have "spent more money on spilled liquor from one side of this world to the other" than most make in a year.

Which brings us back to Jon Jones.

On the UFC 151 media call, Jones was asked to explain his comments regarding the possible rematch with Lyoto Machida. His reasoning was simple: he knows that he has a limited career and has to prepare for a time when he is no longer fighting. In short, he doesn't want to end up as "another broke athlete."

He is one of the most recognizable faces in mixed martial arts and has the potential to elevate the sport for the next decade. His recent deal with Nike was a milestone as it showed that the apparel conglomerate is showing interest in what is still a very niche sport.

However, the reality is that no matter how amazing the Nike deal sounds on paper or how much fans want to see him rematch against the enigma that is Lyoto Machida, Jones needs to look out for himself first.

He'll always be viewed as the "kid" in the light heavyweight division but the sobering truth is that Jones is showing maturity by discussing his financial well-being. Instead of portraying him as the "whiny child," people should instead commend him for thinking about the future.

It's refreshing that an athlete of Jones' caliber is already thinking about what he'll live on in retirement. If he doesn't, he could end up being the next Ric Flair and Latrell Sprewell, a man who earned a lot and has little to show for it.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It baffles me how these athletes could piss away all their money.

I've read Tyson made as much as 360 million throughout his career, that's insane. I like Jones a lot and I understand his point completely, he's got a very short window to make as much money as possible. The good thing for him is he's young and his window to make millions is wide, wide open he's got atleast ten more years of fighting at the same level he is now, provided he doesn't get hurt of course.

That said, the time is gonna come where he has to fight someone again and I think the Machida rematch is the one people wanna see the most.
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Most of them get ripped of by their managers who act like they are friends but really are after your money. Sad buisness...
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It baffles me how these athletes could piss away all their money.
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That said, the time is gonna come where he has to fight someone again and I think the Machida rematch is the one people wanna see the most.
I disagree totally. None of my non-hardcore friends want to see it, and I don't care to see it at all. I see no point.

As to the article, it makes sense but I also think it has to do more with his branding. In the eyes of sponsors, the best person ever to compete in the UFC is Brock Lesnar based on PPV buys. JBJ needs to be better than this, if not in single PPV buys then in combined over the year.
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I disagree totally. None of my non-hardcore friends want to see it, and I don't care to see it at all. I see no point.

As to the article, it makes sense but I also think it has to do more with his branding. In the eyes of sponsors, the best person ever to compete in the UFC is Brock Lesnar based on PPV buys. JBJ needs to be better than this, if not in single PPV buys then in combined over the year.
It may not be a rematch people are head over hills for, but what other choice do they have?

Rampage will most likely never fight his way back to a title shot, and even if he does, who the hell wants to see Jones/Rampage 2? Glover could rise as a contender if he beats Rampage though.

Shogun? Does anyone really wanna see that one again? He got completely mauled for two and a half rounds, Machida atleast put up some sort of a fight. Gustafsson however could rise into contention if he beats Shogun.

Rashad? This could be interesting but Rashad is only getting worse where as Jones is only getting better, you could make the same argument for Machida too. At the end of the day though Machida and Rashad are the only interesting rematches out there for him and Machida has already been promised a title shot.
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jesus christ, enough with these Jones threads.....
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It may not be a rematch people are head over hills for, but what other choice do they have?

Rampage will most likely never fight his way back to a title shot, and even if he does, who the hell wants to see Jones/Rampage 2? Glover could rise as a contender if he beats Rampage though.

Shogun? Does anyone really wanna see that one again? He got completely mauled for two and a half rounds, Machida atleast put up some sort of a fight. Gustafsson however could rise into contention if he beats Shogun.

Rashad? This could be interesting but Rashad is only getting worse where as Jones is only getting better, you could make the same argument for Machida too. At the end of the day though Machida and Rashad are the only interesting rematches out there for him and Machida has already been promised a title shot.
Gustaf. Whether he has earned it or not with the way that he is hyped up I know quite a few people that would actually pay to watch it.
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Gustaf. Whether he has earned it or not with the way that he is hyped up I know quite a few people that would actually pay to watch it.
I consider myself a hardcore fan and I want to see a Machida rematch. Because he simply is the most unusual fighter at 205 next to Bones. If anyone is going to pull off something it is Machida.

I love Gustaf. But truth is he isn't a draw. That PPV would do less than a Jones/Machida PPV. So if it is all about numbers with Jon it makes no sense. Many casual fans still don't know who Gustaf is.

And actually what skills does he bring to beat Jones? He went to decision vs. Thiago Silva. Because he TKO'd doormats like Hamill and the Janitor he is ready for a title shot? He would most likely get slammed on his head vs. Jones. And he doesn't have the sub game to be a threat off his back. People act like he sort of rival's Bone's reach yet he doesn't at all. That is a myth. It is like 78inch reach...big whoop.
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jesus christ, enough with these Jones threads.....
It's like theres a Jones fight coming or sth..
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Honestly I think it means Jones is looking at fighting as his career... which he should. Why work for less when you can work for more?
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