Let’s go back to 2001. Even more specifically, let’s go back to November of 2001, at UFC 34. Matt Hughes had just won the UFC welterweight title. It was a huge moment in the young fighter’s career, and he didn’t even get paid as much as some undercard fighters today. So, how could these fighters complain about fighter pay now? A CHAMPION was making as much as them, and I bet Matt Hughes had to walk to the arena uphill both ways in the snow, too.
This is what Hughes had to say recently about the state of UFC fighter pay:
“You go back to when I first started. These guys are making as much now as I did when I won the belt,” Hughes said. “How can these guys complain about their pay? I don’t understand it. I really don’t.
“Most of the guys that complain are guys who have been kicked out of the UFC. Like (Jon) Fitch. I like Fitch. I’m not talking bad about him, but I’m going to tell the truth. If people didn’t buy a ticket or buy a pay-per-view to watch him fight, then what good is he? A l