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Monday, 07/22/2013, 12:58 pm

‘The Korean Zombie’ Discloses His Contracted Salary For Facing Jose Aldo At UFC 163


“I will be making 20,000 dollars to show, and another 20,000 dollars if I win. I do not get any PPV points. After 2 more fights, I will be able to negotiate my contract. Hopefully, I will be in a good position when that happens.”

Chan Sung Jung, recently disclosed his contracted pay for his upcoming UFC 163 main event against Jose Aldo.

Serving in the main event against one of the top fighters in the sport today, is TKZ being short changed or is his salary appropriate for a fighter on his level?

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68 Comments to ‘The Korean Zombie’ Discloses His Contracted Salary For Facing Jose Aldo At UFC 163

  1. JiuJitsuHeyZues says:

    I hate to say most of these fighters need to just STFU and Fight. No one wants to hear this crap anyway. And its not like he earned the shot anyway, I mean the potential gains he will get IF he wins are INSANE and he was “given” this opprotunity. Win! get that 40K, Do it with a exciting KO/Sub and maybe make it FOTN and Tripple that up leave with the belt.

    • Silver Spider says:

      He didn’t earn the shot?! he destroyed Dustion Poirier and he was next in line. You know who was “given” a title shot? Frankie Edgar! He didn’t earn it coming off of 2 back to back losses.

  2. DKMMA says:

    what JiuJitsuHeyZues is saying is just stupid and ignorant. TKZ is easily one of the most fan favorite fighters in the world and he only gets 20000/20000. on the other hand chris leben who never got close to the title shot gets 60000/60000 only because hes one of the “dana’s boys.” if you’re that popular and still makes 20000 per fight, not too many athletes will choose MMA to be their sports.

    also saying he didnt earn the shot is also ignorant. he was promised to get a title shot after he beat dustin but he got injured. and after pettis got injured, the person who was suppose to get the title shot is getting the shot again. it his title shot is given, so is pettis’ against bendo, so is maia’s against silva, and the list goes on and on.

  3. fockdana says:

    Bottom line, the UFC rips off their athletes like no other. They are making millions and billions and can’t afford to pay their guys minimum wage. Anyone with two brain cells can figure out that these guys train for months in preparation for a fight. It is a full time job. Throw in the cost of food, trainers, gym expenses and these guys are left literally penniless. It is pitiful. When guys like couture, tito, bj, raise issue with pay, Dana gets all dick. Hey Dana, last I checked, you aren’t livin outta your car. Quite throwing money away gambling and start paying your fighters. F’n pathetic. They make more money on popcorn sales….disgrace, absolute disgrace.

  4. KIDD433 says:

    The Zombie is a draw and an exciting fighter, and deserves to make a lot more chips than that.The SOB leaves it all in the octagon every time he steps in and should be paid like he does.

  5. Randomhero says:

    you guys realize, they sign the contract and they get paid whatever they agreed on until the contract is up and then they can go back and figure out a new contract… hes getting paid 20000/20000 because he was a new fighter in the UFC, he agreed on the terms, and at the time no one new if he would lose all his fights or win them. He needs to do his best and stay patient so when he gets his new contract he can get the most money possible.

  6. 757 says:

    I don’t think he was complaining. He was asked and then said what he was being paid. Truthfully 20,000 and then another 20 to win is not that much considering what he is about to do and who he is about to do it against. Also a potential 40 grand doesn’t go very far in today’s economy.I would like to see the fighters make more. I know it’s a big issue but they do deserve to make more considering what goes into it and the risk involved. I also agree with the comment about Dana’s Boys. I am getting the shits of how much some fighters get, and get away with and others don’t. I understand the draw and the excitement factor but I also understand that if you want to get the most out of your employees, athletes, etc. you should practice some equity. Anyway I’m a fan so I guess I have to put up with it and keep rooting on the fighters…..

  7. Blackrean says:

    I live in South Korea, (US Army) and trust me, 40,000 is nothing in the South Korean economy. The average rent for a decent apartment in Seoul costs 2,000 grand a month. I hope fighters come together at some point and Unionize, there is no reason this guy should be fighting for a title on PPV and be one of the most exiting fighters in the UFC and potentiality only take home 20 grand for a fight.

  8. Chad C says:

    Last time I checked fighting is not mandatory. If he does not like the pay don’t sign a contract and find a regular job.
    The UFC is a business, Dana makes the rules. If you don’t like it don’t watch. Easy day.

    • dan says:

      Stupid fuck..same type of thought process that corporstions and government love out of their citizens so nothing ever changes and thry can keep controlling/ass nailing you. Nees flash : authority id mesnt to be challenged to keep it in check. Problem is typical everydsy americans are either just gullible or stupid…or both and just eat up evrrything thsts told to them.

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