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Friday, 06/28/2013, 10:34 am

Kennedy Issues Apology For Garbage Man vs. UFC Pay Comments

From his official page:

“I recently made comments regarding fighter pay. The intent of these statements was to highlight that professional fighters incur significant expense associated with their preparations to fight and that fighter compensation is still not on par with other major sports. While I am fortunate to have various revenue streams associated with my business interests, most fighters do not have that luxury. When you spend training camps with great guys with amazing talents and you see them barely making ends meet, while simultaneously seeing athletes in other sports with far less character and a far smaller work ethic making exponentially more, you can get frustrated.

Unfortunately, I made statements that alluded to how the UFC in particular pays its athletes. This was particularly offensive as Zuffa has taken better care of me than any other organization, even giving me a bonus for being amusing on Twitter. My choice of words was poor, not properly informed, and did not match my intent. Additionally, my comments were taken out of context. I can tell you that I have been fighting longer than most people and I remember all too well the days when there was no regulation or standard for an MMA promotion. I fought many times in Mexico where the rules were negligible, there were no physicals, and being paid was a luxury we didn’t expect. Our sport was shunned and was considered “human cockfighting”. Today, we are on Fox. We have doctors and insurance. We make more money than the average American. And we get these things by playing a sport we love. The only reason this is possible is because of Zuffa. They have legitimized the sport and taken better care of the athletes than any other organization, and the trend is only improving, with athletes making three times what they made on average five years ago.

My comments were hurtful and inappropriate. I accept full responsibility for the statements and apologize to the UFC, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita, & Joe Silva as well as anyone I might have offended with my comments. Fighting for the UFC is an honor and a privilege. I look forward to putting this situation behind me and focusing on my upcoming fight with Roger Gracie.”

For his original statement CLICK HERE!


20 Responses to “Kennedy Issues Apology For Garbage Man vs. UFC Pay Comments”

  1. 180 says:

    He did a complete 180, is Uncle Dana there, pointing a gun at Kennedy’s head, while asking him to correct his prior statement?

  2. fluffybuns says:

    Genius. He knew b 4 he even said it that he would need to retract it. But he also knew that even retracted comments coming from a fighter still signed with UFC would carry more weight than comments from guys no longer signed (i.e., Uncle Dana can diminish those other guys by just saying “washouts are bitter, case closed).

  3. mike says:

    This apology is just. If youre gonna work for the promotion and signed the contract then dont bash it. and if you do then yeah there will be Consequences. You need to be loyal to your organization. isnt he in the army?

  4. Thom1 says:

    lol they probably told him to apologize or get fined. i dont hate the UFC but thats some nazi like crap.

  5. Attila Von Stryker says:

    Go out and badmouth your current employer and see how that works out for you.
    Probably won’t get the next job because of your actions.
    These discussions need to be made through your employer, not public forums.

  6. KIDD433 says:

    Tho,I do think MMA fighters should make more money,I think that If Tim Kennedy wants to make more $,He should fight like he does,And not like a can.Does anyone think boring ass fighters like Colton Smith,or Derek Brunson will be making big $?No,of course not.Fighters like Uriah Hall on the other hand that are entertaining,fighters with showmanship,and come to fight on the other hand will prevail.Why? because they draw a crowd,Anyone wonder why Thiago Silva,or Dan Hardy haven’t been cut?Prime example.The key to making big chips,is to fight like you want to.

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