If Jon Jones wishes to secure benefit in his boss’s valid graces, he will have taken a step in the supreme direction.
Jones announced Wednesday he has hired Richard Schaefer as his new advisor. That news came on the heels of a recent revelation that the worn UFC light heavyweight champion now now now not used to be working with Malki and Abe Kawa of First Spherical Management, whom he had been with for extra than a decade.
And whereas representation adjustments in MMA might possibly well perhaps seem to be a bit of of internal baseball, they’re of scream display masks for Jones at the moment time because of his persisted rift with UFC president Dana White, whom he has been combating with publicly thru social media and news conferences relating to what he ought to still secure paid for his subsequent fight – which is anticipated to be at heavyweight, nonetheless now in total is a year down the road.
The most likely valid news for Jones is that White appears to be a fan of Schaefer, a worn CEO for boxing’s Golden Boy Promotions.
“I esteem Richard,” White told UFC broadcast accomplice ESPN. “I’ve identified Richard for a prolonged time, and clearly he built Golden Boy. He built that firm. He is conscious of what he’s doing. He’s a natty man. I esteem and admire him, and if we are able to secure something performed, we can.”
Dana White, on Jon Jones retaining Richard Schaefer. “I esteem Richard, I’ve identified Richard for a prolonged time and clearly, he built Golden Boy. He built that firm. He is conscious of what he’s doing, he’s a natty man. I esteem and admire him and if we are able to secure something performed we can.”
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May perhaps perhaps presumably just 26, 2021
Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) most lately fought in February 2020, when he took a unanimous resolution from Dominick Reyes to defend the 205-pound title at UFC 247. It arguably used to be the closest fight of his profession – and two-thirds of the media outlets tracked by MMADecisions.com scored the fight for Reyes. That bewitch came after a split call over Thiago Santos, which is the one real split resolution of Jones’ profession up to now.
In August 2020, Jones vacated the sunshine heavyweight title to transfer up to heavyweight. For a whereas, it used to be presumed he might possibly well perhaps be first in line for a shot at the belt after Francis Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic earlier this year. But his spats with White over pay took center stage, and now Derrick Lewis is the de facto subsequent in line. Things appear to be so frayed between Jones and White that the UFC president lately said Miocic is probably going subsequent for the Ngannou-Lewis winner.
And that will match into Jones’ newly announced timeframe. He posted on Twitter on Wednesday to dispute making the bodily jump to heavyweight might possibly well perhaps rob longer than he understanding – and he’s prepared to utilize the following year getting up to measurement and staying on the sidelines.
But a minimal of, when he’s ready to return, Jones might possibly well perhaps presumably have the profit of Schaefer in his nook at the negotiating desk with White and the UFC – even though time will repeat.