One of the most interesting parts of Jon Jones’ recent interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com was his discussion of what comes next for him after being reinstated by the UFC. One of the topics, in particular, was the numerous sponsors he lost after his infamous hit-and-run incident back in April. That accident cost Jones his relationships with the likes of Gatorade, Reebok and EA Sports.
When asked if he was looking to get back into their good graces, Jones almost completely dismissed the idea, saying he wants to “do things better.” When asked what might be in his future…well…there might be some Money Team gear in his future.
So what, in particular did Jones say about the undefeated boxer? How close is this to being a done deal? Check out the next page to find out.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I honestly feel like things are going to better now than they were before because of my outlook on life and some of the things I’ve been through. I really believe things are going to be better than they were before so if I don’t get back to working with the companies that I was with in the past, I believe that there are better companies out there for me. I ain’t got nothing but time to prove this to be true…”
When asked specifically about Mayweather, he said:
“Hey, who knows man? Maybe Floyd realizes that I’m a controversial subject, kind of like him. A lot of people love him, a lot of people hate him, but a lot of people tune in for his fights and maybe he realizes that about me and relates to that in me. I haven’t (talked to him yet), but my business partners have already reached out to him and you may see me in some Money Team gear. I’m not saying I’m joining ‘The Money Team’, but it’s definitely a possibility, I’m not opposed to it. Floyd’s career has been tremendous.”
Interesting…definitely interesting…But what could it mean?
Floyd Mayweather has frequently teased moving into MMA in some capacity for a few years now. He has discussed managing fighters, he has discussed starting his own promotion and of course, there has been more than a bit of theorizing about how he would do if he stepped into the cage.
Given Jones’ now on-the-record bad relationship with the UFC, it’s easy to wonder if Mayweather may try to establish a place in MMA through Jones. There’s no question that Jones is one of the biggest names in MMA and he has never pretended to be a company man. If Mayweather wants to immediately legitimize himself as a player in MMA, Jones is probably the best way to do so.
The Jones-Mayweather connection could be a big story in 2016, though. I’m excited to see how it shakes out.
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