Former UFC fighter Nate Quarry recently went on the internet and spilled his guts about his experience with the UFC. He talked about how much he got paid, UFC Christmas presents, and the sport as a business.
Needless to say, one of the more shocking revelations from his comments was the amount he got paid for his title fight against Rich Franklin.
“I fought for the world title for $10,000. Not a penny more. No bonus. No cut of the PPV. The gate alone was 3.5 million dollars. The third highest gate in UFC history at the time. And they must have loved the fight cuz they show the final punch at the start of EVERY UFC PPV.”
Yahoo Sports recently spoke with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, in order to get both sides of the story.
“I’m not going to argue or counter every specific claim made by Nate Quarry on some website,” Fertitta said. “I’m super proud of what we have done for our athletes, this sport and this company. Our track record is darn good as a whole and we have nothing to be embarrassed about.
“This fight Nate is talking about was so long ago and clearly the business wasn’t where it is today. It was in its infancy and we were coming out of a period where we suffered millions upon millions in losses. It wasn’t an insignificant amount of money. And I’ll tell you this, Nate is a smart guy. Absolutely he is. He knew when he signed his contract exactly what he’d be paid.”
The debate on fighter pay goes on.
BY: Ryan C. Miller