Cannonier can’t afford to attend for title shot: ‘I’m broke so I have to struggle’

Can we go a single week with out one other story that places the UFC’s fighter pay construction into a fairly unhealthy gentle? Perhaps we will, but it surely gained’t be this week!

Within the newest miserable story of a UFC athlete being underpaid, prime middleweight contender Jared Cannonier got here proper out of his huge resolution win over Kelvin Gastelum in the primary occasion of UFC Vegas 34 to declare he was struggling financially.

“I’m broke, so I have to struggle,” Cannonier advised Daniel Cormier after the win. “Hopefully I get that title shot. The suitable identify would possibly make me say sure.”

Throughout the post-fight press convention, Cannonier’s feedback made it clear that wasn’t only a joke.

“It’s both title or contender,” he stated when requested what was subsequent. “It was speculated to be Costa, however that didn’t occur. I actually wanted to struggle, so….”

“I don’t assume Izzy and Robert [Whittaker] are going to struggle till subsequent yr. In order that’s 4, 5, six months even? After which one other three, 4 months after that? I can’t wait that lengthy. So who is aware of, I could find yourself taking a struggle.”

Cannonier solely fought as soon as in 2020 and that was a loss to Robert Whittaker, successfully slashing his typical paycheck in half. Add within the wild taxes and prices of being an expert athlete competing at this degree and it’s no shock {that a} struggle purse someplace between $100k – $200k doesn’t depart Jared with quite a lot of flexibility.

Pay points apart, an important factor for Cannonier was ensuring his subsequent win locked in a title shot.

“If they provide me a reputation, ‘You win, you get the shot.’ Okay. Straightforward,” he declared.

As for whether or not Cannonier was fearful because the judges learn the scores, he advised the ESPN post-show that he felt he’d carried out sufficient.

“I knew I gained the choice,” he stated. “I knew I gained not less than three out of these [five] rounds … and the judges agreed. I feel Kelvin bought off to a great begin, landed some good photographs. I bought a really feel for him, after which I began touchdown my photographs. I want I had landed extra, however it’s what it’s. I landed sufficient.”

“As that is my second time in a 5 spherical struggle, so getting ready for these fights is nothing new to me. I do know I’ve the cardio to go 5 rounds. So after tonight’s efficiency, I do know there are going to be loads extra 5 spherical fights coming for me. I’m greater than able to tackle that problem.”

“Imma preserve whooping individuals’s behinds, I’m gonna preserve kicking individuals’s butts, and preserve cashing these checks.”

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