Gustafsson Not Impressed With Fighter Pay: ‘I Make Enough To Get By’
By Evan Stoumbelis
Light heavyweight #1 contender Alexander Gustafsson bounced back from his close decision loss to Jon Jones this past weekend when he knocked out Jimi Manuwa in the second round of their UFC London bout.
Gustafsson went on a Swedish radio show this week to speak about his career:
Radio Host: What kind of money is there in the sport? Is there a lot of money in it?
Gustafsson: No, I would’nt say that.
Host: There isn’t?
Gustafsson: No, I earn enough to get by and so that I can train full-time, but that’s it. I can’t buy a new Porsche.
Host: But if you had beat Jon Jones, how much more would you have earned? Can I ask you that?
Gustafsson: I don’t know the answer to that questions but it would have been considerably more. Then I could’ve bought a brand new Porsche.
Gustafsson was paid an estimated $80,000 in his UFC 165 loss to Jon Jones. $30,000 to show, as well as $50,000 from a fight of the night bonus. In last weekend’s win over Jimi Manuwa, Gustafsson earned TWO $50,000 post fight bonus’ as well as his show and win money.
Dana White has said that Gustafsson will get a rematch with Jones after his win over Manuwa.