“You don’t talk business online,” Ali Abdelaziz points out the problem in Jon Jones’s negotiation tactics
Ali Abdelaziz and Jon Jones
Ali Abdelaziz is the owner of Dominance MMA, and he has a roster of superstar clients under his banner, he is the manager of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman, Justin Gaethje, Henry Cejudo, and many others.
Jon Jones is struggling to get himself a fair deal for the fight against Francis Ngannou, Jones has recently parted ways with his management agency First Round Management, and Ali Abdelaziz seems interested to work with Jones.
Ali thinks Jones is taking the wrong approach for the negotiation, talking to MMA Junkie he said, “I think Jon has been representing himself for the last three years anyway. I don’t know why this news is late. Anyway, it’s none of my business who Jon is managed (by), not managed (by). I got tagged so many times on Instagram and Twitter – I’m flattered, I’m honored. I wish nothing but the best for Jon Jones. I think Jon is a good guy – misunderstood a lot.”
He added, “Dana White is not this hard to work with. I’m telling you. I’ve known this man for 16 years, but you can’t, somebody with Jon Jones’ caliber and his mystique, one of the greatest ever, he should not have to argue over Twitter about what he deserves or not deserve. You don’t talk business online.”
“Listen, Dana White is undefeated, one of the biggest draws we’ve ever seen – he’s undefeated in public feuds,” Abdelaziz said. “Jon Jones is one of the greatest fighters we’ve ever seen. He is a legend. Beyond a legend. I believe – listen, all these guys deserve a lot more money. It’s fine. If he thinks he deserves it, sit down with Dana White, you and him, shut everyone out and talk to him. He might disagree, but at the end of the day big business can be done behind closed doors. Big business doesn’t get done in the media. It makes me sad.
Ali Abdelaziz’s advice to Jon Jones is, “Get offline, get on a plane, go to Dana and sit down and talk to him one-on-one”
Ali believes Jones deserves to be paid more, and to do that he gave him a little piece of advice, he said, “I know Jon’s coaches. I know everybody. Does Jon deserve to get paid? Yes. 100 percent. How much or not how much? This is something that can be figured out. It’s a negotiation. I never left the table at a UFC negotiation when I was not happy. Both sides have to be happy, because if both sides are not happy, it will never be good.”
Ali continued, “I feel for Jon Jones, but if I could give him advice: Get offline, get on a plane, go to Dana and sit down and talk to him one-on-one. Dana’s easy to talk to. People think Dana’s this monster. He actually is a really good dude, and Jon is a good dude.”