CM Punk cashed out big time for his debut fight in the UFC. Punk brought home $500,000 in disclosed pay, not including Reebok sponsorship money.
In contrast, his opponent Mickey Gall, who beat Punk by first round submission, took home an earnest $30,000 ($15k to show, $15k to win).
Many fighters took exception to Punk’s massive payday from UFC 203 last Saturday. and most took to Twitter to vent their frustrations with such pay disparity.
Nothing against CM Punk make half million for his mma debut.But I think champs should been make that too,people who dedicated a entire life.
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) September 12, 2016
Wasn't my original point. $ scale is UFC's fault. But I still dislike him. https://t.co/9BWiQjKDi4
— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) September 12, 2016
wwe guy 500k Investment paid every1 but fighters 1 time. 500k could build entire fw division. Invest n wmma not the circus payday fighters
— #UFC222 CyborgNation (@criscyborg) September 12, 2016
Didn't throw or land a single punch and still banks $500K. 🤔
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) September 12, 2016
— Vinny Magalhães (@VinnyMMA) September 12, 2016
What do you think about CM Punk’s huge UFC 203 payday? Is it unfair for other newcomers to the UFC? Or was Punk’s WWE fan base big enough to warrant such a large salary? Sound off in the comments section, PENN Nation!