Jon Jones (16-1) has been under scrutiny after stating that he didn’t want a rematch with Lyoto Machida (18-3) because their first fight drew low PPV buys and has gone on how he’s in MMA to make money.
“I fight to make money, quite frankly,” Jones admitted to MMAJunkie. “If I was to not evolve with my time and be completely ignorant to my finances and pay-per-view sales, taxes, investing, it would be a shame. I refuse to be a broke athlete when I retire.”
While Jones didn’t say what age he expects to retire, he doesn’t plan to fight into his older years like several fighters do.
“In the original days, yeah, guys did fight because they just loved it that much,” said Jones. “And I truly just love it that much. I really do. But I don’t want to have to fight when I’m really old. I want to be done at a certain age. It’s 2012, and there’s a lot of broke guys out there right now who were famous at one point.”
With no retirement plans for MMA fighters in place, Jones looks to save money for his family’s future.
“This is a sport where we don’t have a retirement plan,” said Jones. “We don’t have insurance for the rest of our lives. So the money that I make today is the money I’ll draw from when I’m 80 years old if I ever get sick. Or, I have to pay for several colleges already because I have a lot of kids.”
Jones defends his light heavyweight championship against Dan Henderson (29-8) at UFC 151.