Midnight Mania: ‘UFC Pay Is Utter Garbage’

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight kingpin Sean Strickland is a bit of an enigma. Take, for example, his relationship with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) star Mike Perry. In the last couple months, Strickland has respectfully expressed interest in fighting Perry and seeing how good he is, but he’s also trashed BKFC at a recent press conference.

“How much would I f—king fight bare knuckle for?” Strickland said. “Not nothing they would pay me. They’re paying their guys s—t. F—king breaking their hands, breaking their orbitals, making like a couple thousand bucks.”

Former UFC champion and current BKFC athlete Eddie Alvarez already clapped back at Strickland, and now Perry has responded as well. Reacting to the comments above, Perry argued, “Strickland, he’s fighting for the UFC for pesos, and I’m getting paid over here. He’s always posting videos on Instagram where he walks outside of his garage or his front door, and somebody is in his driveway and he’s trying to fight a bare knuckle for free right there. What are you talking about Sean?”

Strickland responded, almost meeting Perry halfway. Strickland explained that he’s using his platform as an advocate to improve “utter garbage” UFC pay, but he also insists most BKFC athletes are getting paid less than their UFC counterparts.

“UFC pay is utter garbage,” Strickland wrote in response. “lol their [sic] signing guys at 10/10 that should be criminal … but the vast majority of BKFC fighters are getting paid way less than that … As a ufc fighter I advocate for better pay for me and the entire roster … You should do the same for your guys.”

He continued, “While I’m on my soap box from a poor man who became kinda a rich man once you have capital it just snow balls. These elites could probably never take a paycheck again and easily make 500k a year … yet they still line their bank accounts with millions that they will never need or spend. In all industries.”

Just over a week ago, Strickland returned to the win column by defeating Paulo Costa via unanimous decision at UFC 302. He’s insistent that he’ll sit out until he receives a title shot after the win. Perry, meanwhile, is still unbeaten in bare knuckle boxing and most recently stopped Thiago Alves in quick fashion (watch here).


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