Rising star Paddy Pimblett defends UFC fighter pay policy in a recent interview with British GQ, taking aim at those who call for higher pay. The native of Liverpool, who is 20-3 in mixed martial arts and an amazing 4-0 in the UFC, admitted that he is happy with his pay even though he makes more money outside of the cage.
In the midst of ongoing discussions prompted by well-known individuals such as the eccentric Jake Paul and former heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, Pimblett claimed that fighters who are paid $12,000 to compete and an additional $12,000 to win ought to concentrate on developing their personal brands instead of venting their frustrations.
“The Baddy,” as he was affectionately called, highlighted the relationship between a fighter’s value and income in the UFC. Criticism aimed at UFC CEO Dana White and the organization’s policies, in his opinion, ignores a basic tenet: “You get paid what you’re worth.”
Paddy Pimblett defends UFC Fighter Pay One of the best fighters on the UFC roster, Pimblett, feels that fighters with relatively small pay should focus on developing their characters and showing more individuality. He gave personal financial success stories, crediting sponsorships and other sources of income outside the UFC platform.
On the main event of UFC 296 as Pimblett is ready to return to the octagon following a year-long layoff due to ankle surgery, he will take on Tony Ferguson, the former interim lightweight champion (20-3 MMA, 4-0 UFC). The much awaited event will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Prelims on ESPN2 and early prelims on ESPN+ will be followed by the main card airing on pay-per-view.