The pay issue inside the UFC is pretty evident. Fighters have been constantly complaining about not getting compensated fairly. Jon Jones went out on a full war against the organization, and now the former UFC fighter and commentator Dan Hardy has spoken about the poor financial conditions of many fighters.
Top fighters are surely making a lot of money, but there are some who find it hard to even fund their training camps. Brian Kelleher is a longtime UFC fighter who recently claimed he will have to fight a YouTuber otherwise he’ll have to work at Walmart to sustain his family.
Sarah Alpar started a GoFundMe account because she was also struggling with money issues. Hardy believes it’s not a good look for the company. He said, “It’s just not a good look, especially when you’ve got fighters on one side starting GoFundMe accounts and on the other side the UFC are signing $175 million contracts where the fighters will not see a penny of it. It is disappointing.”
Dan Hardy wants a safe and secure future for UFC fighters even after the retirement
Dan Hardy finds it incredibly unfortunate that Kelleher is having such a money issue. He believes joining such a big organization as UFC should ensure him a good life even after retirement. He said, “We don’t want Kelleher to be checking people out at Walmart. We want him to have his MMA gym or to be a judge or a referee or something. We need these guys within the sport. It’s neglecting the grassroots by underpaying the fighters. It’s cutting off their options and then stifling the next generation of fighters.”
He added, “That overall will affect the standard of MMA in years to come. If the UFC is smart, they’ll start throwing a bit more cash around so the fighters can reinvest more in the industry. That’s ultimately where their money is going to go.”