Jared Cannonier’s efficiency towards Kelvin Gastelum en path to a unanimous choice win within the UFC on ESPN 29 major 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.
Unfortunately, when it pertains to Cannonier (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC), the efficiency isn’t what had everybody speaking within the aftermath of his battle. Instead 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 think about 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 choice as a result of he’s “broke.” At this stage nobody ought to 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’m broke!” Your winner women and gents…quantity 3 ranked fighter Jared Cannonier. ?pic.twitter.com/6W3iCKnCYt
— Michael Morgan (@mikewhoatv) August 22, 2021
As at all times in terms of some of these conditions, it’s solely honest to have a look at either 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 12 months 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 major occasion with Jack Hermansson that streamed on ESPN+. Those are some massive spots, and would seemingly include sufficient cash to maintain one afloat.
Without understanding Cannonier’s precise payout for this battle – which is unavailable in Nevada – or those earlier than it, it’s inconceivable to find out how underpaid Cannonier is. He’s virtually actually getting shorted within the grand scheme of issues (as is sort of each UFC fighter), however you’ll be able to’t rule out the likelihood 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 instances 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 need to. There’s no manner somebody as extremely ranked and significant to the game as Cannonier ought to be on nationwide tv declaring he’s “broke,” however the one manner for that to alter is for the athletes to collectively come collectively to barter a much bigger piece of the pie.