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Friday, 06/28/2013, 05:19 pm

Travis Browne Bashes Fighters That Complain About Pay



| The last couple of weeks we’ve seen several reports of fighters coming out and bashing the pay-scale that they receive for doing their jobs in the UFC. Among that group was Rampage Jackson, Jon Fitch, Jacob Volkmann, and most recently, Tim Kennedy. It’s not secrete that the fighters put their bodies and minds through hell to put on spectacular shows for us, and it’s no secret what the UFC  pays them to do it, as we see reports all the time. However, it’s rare that we see someone go against the grain in a situation like this one, but UFC heavyweight Travis Browne voiced his opinion on the topic in a recent interview.  Here is an excerpt from that interview:

“I’m doing alright for myself, and I’m taking care of my family,” he said. “I know what I’m getting myself into. It’s not like their promising me a million and giving me 10 grand. I signed on the dotted line, and I’m doing what I want to do. I’m able to take care of my family and provide, and that’s success for me.”

“If you want to fight, this is what’s promised to you,” he said. “If you agree to it, then I don’t feel like you have the right to go back and say, ‘They’re not paying me that much.’ You agreed to it. This is your job. I think that some guys may forget about that a little bit.

“Tim isn’t the first guy to ever say that. Look at (heavyweight) Todd Duffee. … He basically got cut for what he said. I don’t agree with it. I’m not going to complain after I’m the one that signed on the dotted line. They’re not twisting my arm to sign with them.”

To read the entire interview click here.

So what do you think, Penn Nation? Do you agree with the opinions of Travis Browne or are you taking the side of Kennedy and crew? This is a hot topic in the MMA world, especially with more and more fighters being released from the UFC and having to find homes elsewhere. Is the UFC that bad of an employer or are the fighters just bitter toward the biggest MMA promotion in the world? Let’s hear what you all think. Sound off!

Jake Chastain



65 Responses to “Travis Browne Bashes Fighters That Complain About Pay”

  1. Derpedy Derp says:

    “It’s not secrete” yeah bro!

  2. some guy says:

    If i had the talent to fight in the UFC and make what then fighters make, compared to what i make right now….. I wouldn’t bitch not for one minute. But then again most them fighters bitch after making that much money over how many years idk some deserve to make more than others but none the less a six figure contract plus what you make from sponsers yeah i still wouldn’t bitch but i only make 45k a year so their more well off than i am

    • Steven Thurman says:

      A lot of the fighters make 5,000 a fight and only fight like three times. Also are paying almost all that just to work in their gyms, some are really damn good too, but they arent poster boys for the UFC so they never get a chance. Though the UFC is getting a little better with that.

    • Scotty says:

      U must not have a clue.. I 6 figure contract could be 5 or 6 fights and they can spread that out.. 3 fights a year so u can make 20k a fight before everything if u are lucky.. Then comes taxes, then your manager gets 10% and finally your trainers get some as well.. So that 20k turns into about 15k or less a fight, which is wait 40-45k a year.. And thats if u are a middle tier fighter, never mind what these lower guys make.. Sponsors pay if u are semi well known to well known, most just give u free stuff and alittle bonus if u win.. Now do i agree with Travis Brown? Yes because he is right, u signed that dotted line when they offered, so u shouldnt bitch.. They just see the UFC name and immediately want to sign.. But could be smart like some guys like Babiano, who go other places to make alot more money then will worry about fighting the best later.. Even still i think the UFC pay scale should start at 15-20k for the lower tier guys.. Thats my opinion though..

  3. magoo says:

    Love big Hapa as a fighter and the dudes real!

  4. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    In my opinion a fighter is basically an entrepeneur. There are financial risks involved if you take that path to pro-fighting. If he’s good enough a fighter will make more than he could ever make doing crappy jobs. If he’s not good enough he’s still making the same as a crappy job, but at least he’s doing something he loves. I mean it’s either getting up early to go wash dishes or clean toilets for little money, or getting up early to go to the gym preparing for a fight for little money.

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