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“Sounds to Me Like He Can’t Afford His Coach or Gym” – MMA Insider Reveals Shocking $3.5K Fighter Pay of UFC Debutant

Published 01/28/2023, 8:15 AM EST

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is infamous for its extremely low pay scale. Not every fighter can get as lucky as Conor McGregor and earn millions. Many of the UFC contestants have revealed their struggles with financial issues. Furthermore, some of the other promotions, like WWE, seemingly pay more to the contenders when compared to UFC. Unfortunately, the money that many of the UFC fighters receive after clearing their dues is as low as $3,500 dollars. One of the top MMA reporters, Alex Behunin, recently made the revelation. The reporter took to Twitter and declared that a fighter took only $3.5 grands, last year. Without a doubt, the comments section burst with concerns for the fighters. Additionally, many of the fans criticized the low fighter pay at the UFC.

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The fighters’ pay has always remained a concern for UFC fans. Former UFC heavyweight contender, Ben Rothwell, shared his issues with the pay. Furthermore, he surprised the world by saying how fighters fell victim to that.

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Recently, Behunin tweeted and made the world remember how low UFC pay actually was. He wrote, “Just spoke with a UFC fighter who made his debut last year, after gyms dues, manager & coach %, he took home $3,500.” Furthermore, the MMA reporter clarified that the fighter was on a 12/12 contract.

Without a doubt, fans took over the comments section. Most of the fans criticized the low pay the fighters get from UFC. Undeniably, the payment is insufficient for fighters without a day job and a family to take care of. 


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One of the fans ridiculed that the fighter can’t even afford a gym or a coach anymore. Thereby, supposedly pointing the finger toward the end of a career.

One of the fans declared that the fighter’s pay was indeed low and that they should find better jobs. 

Another fan declared that he wouldn’t be surprised with the amount the fighter took home if the pay was doubled. 

Some fans advised the fighters to go to another promotion.

Undeniably, some fans came up and declared that the UFC needed to manage the pay better. One fan even calculated how much the fighter would make if he fought thrice a year.

However, another fan disclosed that this wasn’t the lowest a fighter could get. Some people even compared that it was how much they earned in a single month.

Undoubtedly, the payment is extremely low for most of the fighters. And the UFC fans weren’t oblivious to the fact.


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Ex-UFC stated that the pay wasn’t the same for everyone

Previously, Rothwell talked to MMA Junkie and declared that things were different for every fighter in the UFC. Although Conor McGregor got millions, many others were struggling with their livelihood. Rothwell revealed that the UFC decides how much a fighter should earn and expand.

Without a doubt, the fighter’s faith in the UFC was as low as the pay scale. He said that if one decided to break from the promotion, the situation would turn against their favor.


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The fighters’ struggles are disclosed to the public, along with their demands of getting better pay. What do you think of the fighters’ pay? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Written by:

Krushna Prasad Pattnaik


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Krushna Pattnaik is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Coming from a pharmaceutical background with a master's degree in the same and multiple scientific publications, his passion for combat sports and writing brought him to EssentiallySports, where both of his passions met in a beautiful collaboration. He is an instrumentalist and has a profound love for books.
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