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Wednesday, 06/26/2013, 08:01 am

TIm Kennedy | Emptying Trash Cans Pays More Than UFC

“It’s pathetic that so many fighters [have to have other job]. I’m one of the 3% of guys in the whole entire sport and it would be slim pickings to survive off what I make in fighting. It’s a good thing I have another job because the UFC doesn’t pay very well. Anybody who accepts that as a reality of the sport is sad and pathetic. I hope this isn’t the reality of the sport, if it is I should probably go do something else, like empty trash cans. I’d make more money than I do now.”

Strikeforce middleweight import, Tim Kennedy, went on a rant recently about fighter pay in the UFC while on the Grapple Talk Podcast.

Kennedy, who makes a disclosed base pay wage of $55,000 to show in his fights, argues that while he may be in the mid-tier of the UFC’s pay scale, his expenses and deductions tool 59% leaving him with minimal income to survive on fighting alone.


146 Responses to “TIm Kennedy | Emptying Trash Cans Pays More Than UFC”

  1. KingRon84 says:

    Well Kennedy atleast sealed his fate when his contract is up.

    It would be different if he had a crowd pleasing style unfortunately he is on the Fitch level of excitement with less talent.

  2. JiuJitsuHeyZues says:

    hey Kennedy, Dont quit your day job.

  3. KIDD433 says:

    I think they headlined this article wrong.What Kennedy said was”If I Wasn’t A Trash Can,I Would Get Paid More In The UFC.”

  4. Mario Escareno says:

    Glad Tim Kennedy spoke up while still under contract instead of waiting until after. There definitely needs to be a pradigm shift in how fighters are paid. The NBA minimum is $300k a year, but they play 82 games a season. Fighters gets paid more per fight but of course fight less often. A fighter union is a must for fighters to make more. Also the UFC is very young, give it at least another decade for pay to reach that of other major professional sports.

  5. moblaze says:

    thats the point to keep u fightin n for cheap

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