According to Bloody Elbow, the August 4th media day fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier has cost “Bones” his Nike sponsorship he claims was worth “over six figures.” Bones confirmed the loss of sponsorship when an NSAC commission asked what he felt was an appropriate punishment for his actions, claiming to already be experiencing the ramifications. .Jon Jones’ lawyer, Ofir Ventura, did not want to disclose the exact amount of the Nike deal, but also confirmed that it was worth over six figures per year. Ventura also confirmed that the fight cost Jones another potential six-figure sponsorship, but did not disclose the company behind the offer.
Last month, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier went on ESPN to address the media day confrontation. Jon Jones initially stated that he “reacted in self-dense” by beating up Daniel Cormier. Cormier’s position was that he reacted to what he perceived as a headbutt in the stare down. He accused Jon Jones of being a fake in the interview, and the two expressed very different accounts of their past interactions as to how their bad blood all started.
In all, NSAC chose to fine each fighter 10% of their purse for the fight. This amounts to a $50,000 fine in addition to 40 hours of community service in the Las Vegas area for Jon Jones’ part in the brawl. Daniel Cormier was fined $9,000 and ordered to 20 hours of community service. While both fighters have dodged an NSAC suspension, there is still the issue of Jone Jone’s injury in the way of their UFC 182 matchup. Assuming both fighters are healthy and able to fight, this will be one of the most highly anticipated events of 2015.