Former UFC middleweight contender Tim Kennedy slammed the “pathetic” fighter pay within the UFC saying that he “would have made extra as a rubbish truck driver.”
After Paige VanZant mentioned that she would have made extra money working a standard job within the final six years slightly than preventing within the UFC, Kennedy took to social media to agree along with her. In a fiery message directed to the UFC, the veteran middleweight mentioned that the cash the UFC pays the fighters is “pathetic” and admitted he would have made extra driving a rubbish truck. Right here’s what Kennedy wrote on his Twitter.
I used to be a prime 5 fighter on the planet, preventing predominant occasions for the UFC, and I mentioned I’d make extra as a rubbish truck driver. That was virtually 10 years in the past. It’s pathetic that issues haven’t modified @ufc https://t.co/OIUb33MfU3
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) July 7, 2020
Tim Kennedy: I used to be a prime 5 fighter on the planet, preventing predominant occasions for the UFC, and I mentioned I’d make extra as a rubbish truck driver. That was virtually 10 years in the past. It’s pathetic that issues haven’t modified @ufc
Kennedy was responding to a tweet about what VanZant mentioned earlier within the day when she spoke to MMAFighting.com’s Damon Martin and slammed the UFC for its low fighter pay.
“I’ve added up all the cash I’ve made within the UFC over six years, and I may have simply had an everyday job with the identical pay. I’m so grateful for all the pieces the UFC has achieved for me, the platform they’ve given me. That is nothing towards the UFC. However the contract I signed is what I signed and I do know I must honor it. That’s why I’m preventing this final combat out and I used to be by no means attempting to interrupt it early,” VanZant mentioned, which Kennedy responded to.
“It’s necessary to combat this combat out, honor my contract after which say hear that is my worth and that is what I must be paid to make it price it. Individuals simply want to concentrate, we’re sacrificing day in and day trip and we really feel we must be paid our true worth. That’s just about it. I really like the UFC. I really like preventing for them. They’ve given me so many alternatives however I’m attempting to arrange a future for myself. I’m not attempting to match myself to another fighter. I’m not saying I deserve greater than another UFC fighter. I feel all of us deserve extra. All of us should be paid extra.”
Kennedy (18-6) was a former middleweight title contender in Strikeforce. He joined the UFC in 2013 and went 3-2 total within the promotion with wins over Michael Bisping, Rafael Natal, and Roger Gracie, plus defeats towards Yoel Romero and Kelvin Gastelum. He retired from MMA following a TKO loss to Gastelum in Toronto in December 2016.
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