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Lorenzo Fertitta Responds To Nate Quarry’s Rant

 

Former UFC fighter Nate Quarry recently went on the internet and spilled his guts about his experience with the UFC. He talked about how much he got paid, UFC Christmas presents, and the sport as a business.

Needless to say, one of the more shocking revelations from his comments was the amount he got paid for his title fight against Rich Franklin.

“I fought for the world title for $10,000. Not a penny more. No bonus. No cut of the PPV. The gate alone was 3.5 million dollars. The third highest gate in UFC history at the time. And they must have loved the fight cuz they show the final punch at the start of EVERY UFC PPV.”

Yahoo Sports recently spoke with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, in order to get both sides of the story.

“I’m not going to argue or counter every specific claim made by Nate Quarry on some website,” Fertitta said. “I’m super proud of what we have done for our athletes, this sport and this company. Our track record is darn good as a whole and we have nothing to be embarrassed about.

“This fight Nate is talking about was so long ago and clearly the business wasn’t where it is today. It was in its infancy and we were coming out of a period where we suffered millions upon millions in losses. It wasn’t an insignificant amount of money. And I’ll tell you this, Nate is a smart guy. Absolutely he is. He knew when he signed his contract exactly what he’d be paid.”

The debate on fighter pay goes on.

BY: Ryan C. Miller

10 Comments to Lorenzo Fertitta Responds To Nate Quarry’s Rant

  1. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    That is exactly what bugs me about that whiny little bitch Quarry crying about his pay. He signed to do it. That’s a character issue and is the definition of a RAT. He’s got some kind on agenda or angle here. Just not sure what it is yet?? Time will tell.

  2. Xaninho says:

    People forget that UFC lost millions trying to grow the sport and getting it sanctioned and everything. They did a lot for the sport and we wouldn’t have MMA they way it is today without the UFC. Fighter’s pay is pretty good nowadays.

    • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

      Man, I love debating you, because you come from an area that has the best kickboxers in the world and you have fighting chops too. And I know that you are a businessman as I am, so you actually KNOW what the fuck you are talking about.

      Is this the first time, I’ve agreed with you?? Or is it the second?? Dude, that’s it, I am SO much more superior to you, I can not lower myself to agree with you EVER again!!!…lol.

      But you are right, I’ve NEVER seen fighters get this kind of money they get now….and I’m sure it will get better.

  3. LindsayTS says:

    The UFC still treats their fights like crap. Many are incredibly underpaid, & Dana feels he can trash them at any moment. The UFC used to be great to watch, but Dana has made it hard to stomach.

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