Fighter payouts in the Ultimate Fighting Championship have become a hot topic since Reebok sunk their claws into the organization. Since then, only fighters that pull a crowd received a hefty salary, with UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor standing clear among them.
Following his all out war and win over Nate Diaz at UFC 202, McGregor reportedly bagged $3 million dollars for 25 minutes inside the octagon, while Diaz took home a hefty $2 million despite the loss. Such figures were expected given the hype behind the contest that on the night certainly did not disappoint.
Current UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem is currently preparing for his showdown with Stipe Miocic at UFC 203 next month and believes McGregor is using social media to lie about his UFC pay, a sentiment also pointed towards retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“My answer to that, to Mayweather and to Conor, let me see some bank statements,” Overeem told MMA Fighting during a recent media event. “You can talk, you can say it, you can put it out there in tweets, but let me see a bank statement that says UFC wired X amount of money, because it’s always going to be this way. People lie. It’s the 21st century. Social media is fake.
“People lie all the time,” he continued. “Personally, I have a hard time believing both of them about their income.”
The steady rise of income for the Dubliner is something fellow fighters are happy to see, with UFC strawweight contender Paige VanZant hoping such payouts eventually make their way down through the promotion’s roster.
She told the MMA Hour recently:
Conor McGregor had an amazing payday and it’s about time. I don’t see that as an excessive amount of money with what he’s doing,” she said. “It’s about right, and hopefully that starts trickling down and everybody starts making more money.”
Even from the untrained eye, McGregor’s income is mostly down to the Dubliner’s ability to sell a fight. If Overeem wants a piece of the pie, he needs to make his way past the dangerous Stipe Miocic first and make it entertaining beforehand.
UFC 203 takes place on September 10th at the Quicken Loans Arena in Clevland, Ohio.
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