UFC Legend Directs Fighters, Other Than Conor McGregor & Brock Lesnar, Asking for Fair Pay to “Stop Talking About Money Unless You’re the Main Event”

Published 06/18/2022, 8:45 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The former UFC double division title contender Chael Sonnen is one of the best trash talkers that the promotion has ever seen. During his stint at the UFC, the fighter was an absolute fan favorite and also a great promoter on the microphone.

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In a recent episode of his MMA talk show, Sonnen addressed the ongoing scenarios of non-headliner fighters asking promoters for a pay raise.

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Sonnen also praised some of the former great UFC fighters who earned the promotion a lot of money every time they fought. He also empathized with promoters and gave their point of view in a situation where a fighter doesn’t pull in the same amount of business as expected by the contract they have.

He said, “you have other guys who have the same participation. Who aren’t yet main events, and they wanna talk about where’s the money? If you want to be real fair or real open businesses, it’s gotta go both ways. Gotta go both ways.”

“Which means the promoter should be able to come back to you and say, ‘look at what everything I’ve done for you. Look at all the events plus all the market plus all the money I’ve put into you. I did that same thing for George Saint Pierre, and look at what he brought in for me. I did half of this for Brock Lesnar and look at what he brought in for me,” he added.

“I did a quarter of this for Conor McGregor and look at what he brought in for me. This is what I’ve done for you and you’re still not my main event. I need to reassess this contract. I need you to give me some of the money back’… Please stop talking about money unless you’re the main event,” said Sonnen.

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When will Conor McGregor return to the UFC?

There is no fighter in the UFC that can bring in the amount of pay-per-view buys as ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor. McGregor has smashed the record for having the highest pay-per-view buys and we can expect a huge number of buys for his much-awaited UFC return.

Nevada, United States – 10 July 2021; Conor McGregor before his lightweight fight with Dustin Poirier during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Photo By Thomas King/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

He has been away from fighting after his leg injury at UFC 264 last year, and was to make a return to the octagon this summer. However, according to MMA reporter Ariel Helwani, we may not see the Irishman return to the cage before the start of 2023.

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When do you think we will see the pay-per-view king in the octagon next? Also, do you think Chael Sonnen is taking a dig at Aljamain Sterling for demanding a raise before signing his contract? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Justin Gaethje fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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