Jon Jones' impressive PPV numbers revealed as UFC star bids to earn Conor McGregor style pay rise from Dana White

JON JONES' pay-per-view numbers have been revealed amid his ongoing pay row with the UFC.

The former long-reigning light-heavyweight champion has been campaigning for a pay rise for the best part of a year.

Jones, 33, reiterated his demand last weekend after calling out newly-crowned UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

So far, the UFC have yet to meet Jones' demands – which he shed light on earlier this week.

He tweeted: “I had a brief phone meeting with UFC‘s lawyer Hunter a few days ago.

"As of right now I expressed to him that anywhere around $8 to $10 million would be way too low for a fight of this magnitude. That’s all that has been discussed so far.

“I’m supposed to be waiting for what their offer is going to be.

"Really hoping the numbers are nowhere near that low.


"I guess we will see what happens.”

Jones' ongoing dispute with the UFC has sparked debate over his star power and ability to sell pay-per-views, with some claiming he isn't a draw.

But the numbers from 13 of his 15 title fights would suggest he is indeed a needle mover.

With the exception of his last two fights – the numbers of which weren't released – Jones has raked in an impressive 7,122,000 buys.

Jon Jones’ PPV Numbers (Courtesy of Tapology)

UFC 247 – Jones vs Reyes: Numbers not released

UFC 239 – Jones vs Santos: Numbers not released

UFC 235 – Jones vs Smith: 650,000

UFC 232 – Jones vs Gustafsson II: 700,000

UFC 214  – Jones vs Cormier II: 860,000

UFC 197 – Jones vs St Preux: 322,000

UFC 182 – Jones vs Cormier I: 800,000

UFC 172 – Jones vs Teixeira: 350,000

UFC 165 – Jones vs Gustafsson I: 310,000

UFC 159 – Jones vs Sonnen: 530,000

UFC 152 – Jones vs Belfort: 450,000

UFC 145 – Jones vs Evans: 700,000

UFC 140 – Jones vs Machida: 485,000

UFC 135 – Jones vs Rampage: 520,000

UFC 128 – Jones vs Shogun: 445,000

Total buys: 7,122,000

Average buys: 547,846

And excluding his bouts with Dominick Reyes and Thiago Santos, only six of the cards headlined by the New York state native have pulled in less than 500,000 buys.

On average, Jones' pay-per-views draw an impressive 547,846 buys.

Jones' biggest pay-per-view to date is his UFC 214 rematch with bitter rival Daniel Cormier, which raked in a whopping 860,000 buys.

The lowest, meanwhile, is his first meeting with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 – which pulled in 310,000 buys.

Jones' demand for a bumper payday has led some to claim he's 'scared' to face the heavy-handed Ngannou.

That notion has amused the future hall-of-famer, who tweeted: "Conor McGregor wants big money, it’s expected.

"Jon Jones wants money, now he’s scare[d]."

Despite not having set foot inside the octagon for over a year, a period in which he's used to prepare for his long-awaited move up to heavyweight, Jones seems hellbent on sticking to his guns.

He tweeted: "Everyone knows fighters don’t make anything close to what they actually bring in when they fight.

"I really don’t see what the big deal is paying your main event for one of the biggest possible fights ever.

"It’s not like I’ll be asking for my actual fair share.

"I just want respectable numbers, so that I don’t feel like a fool entering the biggest fight of my life."

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