Joe Lauzon On Fighter Pay, Nate Diaz, And Cake
Joe Lauzon has been doing AMAs (Ask Me Anything) for almost 5 years now, which has provided some fairly interesting questions and candid answers from the UFC lightweight. Lauzon took part in his most recent AMA on Monday morning, and had some things to say about the topics of fighter pay, Nate Diaz, and some insight into his tête-à-tête with Gabe “mmmm, cake!” Ruediger.
On fighter pay:
Q: Joe, how much money does it cost you to prepare for a fight? If a fighter makes 15k for a fight in the UFC are they breaking even? Are they making minimum wage?
JL: Lots of variables. Sometimes coaches get paid on a percentage, some are flat fees. Flights vary quite a bit in price… when I fly to Vegas its like $350 per flight, for Japan it was over $1400 per flight. I always take care of my coaches with flights (not giving them shitty/cheap flights), etc.
15K for a fight does not leave much money by the time you pay coaches, flights, medicals, taxes, etc.
On Nate Diaz:
Q: Can you share with us some interesting backstage story(stories?) from the past which you haven’t so far in a public forum?
JL: TUF5 Finale. They want us to do a photo shoot. They arrange to bring us to an off-site spot to do them. I get brought over and Nate Diaz is there already, he was ahead of me. They are not watching us, we are just waiting around. Well, Nate didn’t want to wait… so he walked outside. UFC starts looking for him and are asking me where he went and I just give them “I dunno” and shrug my shoulders. I heard them talking to him on the phone. “What do you mean? You ran back to the hotel? But that’s like 3 miles and its 110 degrees outside. Really? Okay… we will come get you.” 209 do what they want.
On Gabe Ruediger (and Mac Danzig):
Questioner asked about Mac Danzig and Gabe Ruediger not shaking his hand after their fights, and if Lauzon ate the cake Ruediger gave him.
JL: Gabe was being a baby so he didn’t want to shake my hand. I tried in the back room too and he snubbed me again. Finally he came over and shook my hand and gave me some kind of backhanded comment like “I respect you as a fighter but not as a person” or some BS.
Mac on the other hand was super cool. He gave me a little huge (sic) / back slap and we have had nothing but great things to say to one another. Mac is a great dude.
I did not eat the cake… would never eat something like that anyways from fear of it being poisoned with diuretics or something… but I was pissed my cornermen threw it out because I wanted to give it back to Gabe the night of the fight.
Head on over to the AMA site for more from Joe.