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Manager: Jon Jones was set to earn 'eight-figure payday,' more money than Brock Lesnar at UFC 200

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Brock Lesnar earned a reported $2.5 million for taking out Mark Hunt in the co-main event of UFC 200 last weekend (Sat., July 9, 2016) in Las Vegas, Nevada (highlights); topping Conor McGregor's $1 million payday for his UFC 196 fight against Nate Diaz.

According to Malki Kawa, manager for Jon Jones, "Bones" was set to earn more than "Beast Incarnate" for his scheduled headlining duties at the pay-per-view (PPV) event before he was pulled from his title fight against Daniel Cormier for a USADA violation.

During his recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Kawa dropped some knowledge about Jon's payscale, saying that despite what is stated regarding McGregor's pay, Jones is the highest-paid fighter on the roster. A subject matter that came up when Malki was asked to defend statements that he was an "enabler" and no good for Jones.

And he indirectly fired back at UFC president Dana White for his "clean house" suggestion.

"What do I say to that? To be honest with you, what can I say to that? I'll just keep saying I'm in Miami and he's in Albuquerque when these things happen. People will put two and two together and realize that I'm not an enabler. I mean, think about this for a second; you're talking about an eight-figure payday. Eight figures. Conor can talk about whatever he gets and all that. Jon by far is the highest paid fighter in the UFC. And the numbers that were shown that day from everybody from Brock all the way down, Jon was making more than all that. You know what I mean? So for me it's like, we lost out on an eight-figure payday. Including myself. I mean, I wasn't going to get eight figures, but a percentage of that. The team was going to get a percentage. If you think that by any chance I'm going to sit here and be like, 'Hey man, yeah, take this supplement.' Then I'm just as stupid as anybody that thinks I'm an enabler that I'm feeding him the damn steroids. I know what you're referring too and at the end of the day he can make all of the comments he wants. When the media called for him to get fired Lorenzo stuck by him. At the end of the day, there is obviously a reason for that. And when you know the truth of what someone does behind the scenes, you don't make moves based on someone calling for someone to clean house. So, at the end of the day, it's a stupid comment and the people that think that are stupid to me and I just don't care. It doesn't really bother me anymore."

See the entire UFC 200 payouts right here.

Kawa didn't divulge any details regarding what exactly Jon popped positive for, as he stated he will first gather all supplements and have them tested to see what could be the culprit. That said, he was adamant in saying he stands by Jones and declared his client would never knowingly take any banned substance to gain an edge.

Interestingly enough, Kawa also represents Yoel Romero, who also tested positive for a banned substance after UFC 194. However, Team Kawa-Romero were adamant that "Soldier of God's" supplements were indeed contaminated, resulting in a reduced sentence for the middleweight contender.

Whether or not they can pull that off with Jones, remains to be seen.

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