Fighter pay has always been a hot topic in the world of mixed martial arts, and, in particular, the UFC.
From the great success of stars like UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor to the questionable recent pay of veteran fighters such as Nate Diaz, fighters and fans often speak out on the matter that ultimately turns the wheels of the UFC promotion.
UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has gone on record to say that she is very happy with her pay structure with the UFC. Jedrzejczyk recently spoke with Yahoo! Sports on how serving the company will get you rewarded with more than what you invest.
“I hear people say Dana [White, the UFC president] and Lorenzo [Fertitta, its CEO] should pay the fighters better,” Jedrzejczyk said. “But they don’t know what they’re talking about. They really take good care of us. All of us, you know? They [the fans] don’t know anything about what is really going on.
“There are so many opportunities for all of the fighters. This is so different. You do your job and they’ll take care of you. In Muay Thai, the female fighters didn’t earn the same kind of money as [the men] despite doing the same job. But in UFC, all of us can earn good money, men and women. If you give 100 percent to the UFC, you’ll get 200 percent back.”
It sounds like Jedrzejczyk has a good idea of what her peers are making to say such a statement. Or perhaps the champion is simply giving this topic her “100 percent.”
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