After Henry Cejudo knocked out Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 over every week in the past in Jacksonville, Fla. (recap right here), “Triple C” shocked the world by saying his retirement from combined martial arts (MMA). It was stunning transfer to say the least, as Cejudo was on prime of the sport, proudly owning two division title concurrently earlier than being stripped of his Flyweight strap.
Many, nevertheless, attributed Cejudo’s early retirement to the promotion’s refusal to provide him a rise in pay, one thing “The Messenger” has been lobbying for a while now. If that really is the case, then Mark Hunt sees an issue with that, as he says confirmed champions akin to Cejudo should not even be able to should ask for extra money, it ought to already be there.
“That’s precisely what I’m speaking about and I do know these things as a result of I used to be in it,” Hunt mentioned in an interview with Lowkick MMA (transcription by way of MMA Information). “I by no means acquired the title but when I did I might’ve been precisely like Henry Cejudo and the remainder of them – talking my thoughts and telling I would like extra. While you’re a top-end prize-fighter or world champion you don’t must ask extra.”
To listen to Hunt inform it, different fight sports activities care for their prime fighters means earlier than they should resort to asking.
“If that was a boxing champion do you assume they might be asking for extra? No! Like I mentioned, they’re not sharing your complete income, they (fighters) are solely getting a small proportion and that’s completely unsuitable.
“These fighters must be getting paid accordingly and so they’re not and you may see that by guys like a world champion, Triple C, Henry Cejudo saying ‘I would like extra money,’” Hunt added. “Why is that Henry? Is there one thing unsuitable? ‘Yeah, as a result of I’m not getting my value. I’m not getting what I’m speculated to be getting.’”
For his efforts at UFC 249, Cejudo banked $350,000.
Hunt has been on a campaign in opposition to UFC for a while now, even submitting a number of lawsuits in opposition to his a number of employer. As for “Triple C,” he’s adamant his retirement was all merely to the method of competing getting stagnant. In response to his supervisor, nevertheless, Henry gained’t retire and will return someday this summer time.
Whether or not or not it comes with a pay elevate, stays to be seen.