Former champion Sean Sherk slams UFC over pay scale
Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk has blasted the organization for not paying its fighters the salaries that fighters in other combat sports are making. Sherk (36-4-1), who left the organization in 2010, believes that the pay woes are still the same at the UFC.
Taking to Facebook, the MMA veteran said that the UFC should be extremely embarrassed by the fact that their former champions and top ranked fighters have to go fight YouTube stars with barely any fighting experience and make 10 times more money than they do in the UFC.
The former UFC champ was referring to Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley. Askren bagged his biggest payday of the career ($500,000) in the boxing fight that he actually lost to YouTuber-cum-boxer Jake Paul.
The 47-year-old added: “UFC fighters are still the worst paid athletes on the biggest stage. Believe me I have my stories too.”
During the days Sherk was an active UFC fighter, he was disgruntled to be paid a lot less than his opponent. In a title fight against BJ Penn in 2008, Sherk was paid $35,000 whereas Penn received $250,000 for winning the fight via third-round KO.
Apart from the MMA veteran, Jake Paul and former middleweight title challenger Paulo Costa have mocked UFC President Dana White over the pay scale of the fighters. However, Dana White said that Costa can leave the organization if he has issues with his pay.