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Jon Jones smiling at the UFC 200 Media Lunch
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Soon to be turning 32 years old, Jon Jones is a little older and a little wiser than he was in his younger days. As such, the UFC light heavyweight champion now says it’s his responsibility to give back to the next generation of up and coming fighters so they can avoid some of the hidden dangers that may befall them as they’re figuring out the game.

Taking to Instagram yesterday, Jones posted a message warning young fighters about the potential for managers to take advantage of them and advising them about how much a manager should get and what a manager should really do for them.

“In every sport the generations that come before teach the one on the way up the game. Fighting it’s a bit different because we are individuals in this business, but it shouldn’t stop us from reaching back to light the way. I started this thing young and had some great people help me along the way, plus having 2 brothers in the league helped me see a whole different side of things. I want to help those making their way through and I’ll start with this: No manager should ever be getting 20% of your money.

I hear about and see too many young fighters getting stuck in bad deals. Real talk a manager should make 10%, maybe 15 if they are really getting it done for you, but never should you be paying a manager more than you pay Uncle Sam. NEVER.

If all your manager does is sit in while you sign contracts then start looking for another. If they want 15% let that come on the endorsements they get you because THAT is where their focus should always be. Growing your brand.

The game has given me a lot and it’s my job to give back to it. I haven’t always had the easiest navigation but good people helped me along the way. Just trying to pay some of that Back is all. God Bless

Jones of course has had his fair share of issues making his way through MMA. Fortunately for the light heavyweight champion, management has never been one of them. Jones signed with First Round Management early in his career and went on to say in the comments of his post that he appreciates Abraham Kawa for all the work he does.

Jon Jones defends his light heavyweight title against Thiago Santos in the main event of UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, NV.


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