There is always plenty of discussion about fighter pay in the mixed martial arts, but if Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones is to be believed, the top fighters in the UFC are doing just fine. If you don’t already know, Jones’ brother, Jon Jones, is the UFC light heavyweight champion and top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. Their other brother, Chandler, plays for the New England Patriots.
It’s quite the sports family, but as far as the pay goes, Arthur says that the UFC champ is making more than his two NFL brothers combined.
— Arthur Jones (@Artj97) September 23, 2013
It is hard to believe when you consider the salaries that NFL players get these days, but Jones does have a big sponsorship with Nike that is not factored in to his salary that is released by the athletic commissions.
Arthur Jones is set to make $2,023,000 this year, while Chandler will make a base salary of $761,522. Not too shabby.
The salary for Jones’ latest title defense at UFC 165 has not yet been released, but he made $400,000 for his UFC 159 defense against Chael Sonnen. After factoring in fight night bonuses and the big sponsorships, it’s not hard to believe that Jones could be making over $2 million per fight.
So when you hear people complaining that fighters aren’t making the money they deserve, remember that there is a guy who is the top earner in his family, despite having two brothers in the NFL.