Dong Hyun Kim Discusses UFC Policies On Fighter Pay, Sponsorships And Why Korean Fighters Are At A Disadvtange | UFC NEWS
“It’s ultimately very hard to be a UFC fighter. If you go to America, there are a lot of fighters who are barely eeking by financially. I see some fighters who have fights a few days away doing personal training. A lot of that has to with the UFC being too stingy about sponsorships. Also because of UFC’s policies it is really hard to get sponsors for a lot of fighters… If you pay off the training camp and your coaches you honestly don’t have much left. Ultimately, you only have one maybe two opportunities to make it big. In mma anyone can lose and when you do lose you go instantly to the back of the line. Look at Rick Story… And no matter how “fair” the UFC is, the Asian fighters especially Korean fighters are automatically at a disadvantage. Even right before my fight with Demian my airplane ticket cost after getting discounts, was 1,100 dollars(Not to add in me paying for my teammates and coaches to accompany me). And on top of that, it is ludicrously expensive to get ready to train and get a training camp in the US before your fights… I am not saying this out of complaint for myself, because compared to my peers I am doing fine financially, but for other Asian fighters it is completely unfair. Because I am older than my peers and because this is the path my fellow Korean fighters are going to take, I am going to say what has to be said. I really took to heart what Bibiano Fernandes said about why he decided to not join the UFC.”
In a recent interview with sherdog.net, Korean welterweight standout Dong Hyun Kim puts the UFC on blast for some of their policies regarding pay and the difficulties that poses to fighters who need monetary support to train.
Is he asking for trouble with ZUFFA by speaking out or will these outspoken proclamations help to change the face of fighter pay?