Jared Cannonier’s efficiency towards Kelvin Gastelum en path to a unanimous choice win within the UFC on ESPN 29 fundamental occasion is worthy of reward. He confirmed self-discipline, technique and talent over the course of 5 rounds to deservedly get his hand raised, so full credit score for that.
Sadly, when it pertains to Cannonier (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC), the efficiency isn’t what had everybody speaking within the aftermath of his combat. As an alternative it’s the remark he made to Daniel Cormier throughout their post-fight interview in regard to his monetary scenario.
When Cormier requested Cannonier what was subsequent, and if he’d contemplate ready for a title shot towards the Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker winner, Cannonier mentioned sidelining himself for an extending time frame will not be an possibility as a result of he’s “broke.” At this stage nobody must be shocked to listen to a UFC fighter say as a lot, however to listen to it from the No. 3 fighter within the UFC’s official middleweight rankings has a bit extra affect than a prelim-level identify who’s making his first or second octagon look.
“I am broke!” Your winner women and gents…quantity 3 ranked fighter Jared Cannonier. 😢pic.twitter.com/6W3iCKnCYt
— Michael Morgan (@mikewhoatv) August 22, 2021
As all the time in the case of a majority of these conditions, it’s solely truthful to take a look at each side of the coin. UFC fighters are solely cashing checks after they compete, and Cannonier has fought simply 3 times in previous three years. He hasn’t fought greater than twice in a calendar yr since 2017, so his money-making alternatives have been few and much between.
On the flip aspect, although, Cannonier’s previous three fights have been an ESPN-televised headliner with Gastelum, a pay-per-view co-main occasion with Robert Whittaker beneath Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement bout at UFC 254, and one other fundamental occasion with Jack Hermansson that streamed on ESPN+. These are some huge spots, and would seemingly include sufficient cash to maintain one afloat.
With out figuring out Cannonier’s precise payout for this combat – which is unavailable in Nevada – or those earlier than it, it’s unimaginable to find out how underpaid Cannonier is. He’s virtually definitely getting shorted within the grand scheme of issues (as is sort of each UFC fighter), however you may’t rule out the chance he’s managed his cash poorly to a point, too.
The subject of UFC fighter pay isn’t new, and it isn’t going wherever. It’s been touched on on this column too many occasions to depend. The closing argument is similar each time, although. The fighters deserve extra, however the UFC isn’t within the enterprise of doing good deeds when it doesn’t should. There’s no means somebody as extremely ranked and significant to the game as Cannonier must be on nationwide tv declaring he’s “broke,” however the one means for that to alter is for the athletes to collectively come collectively to barter an even bigger piece of the pie.