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Jared Cannonier walked away with the win against Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday night at UFC Vegas 34 by unanimous decision after five rounds of fighting.
However, it was his post-fight remarks about pay that caught everyone’s attention.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani of MMA Hour, the #3 ranked middleweight fighter commented on the pay that he walks away with after fights.
Cannonier told MMA Hour, “I’m not here to say the UFC isn’t paying me, because I’m getting paid pretty good from the UFC. It’s just that money don’t last forever.”
He continued on, saying, “I am an elite-level athlete, I would like to get paid like an elite-level athlete. Like the ones in the NFL and the NBA and the ones playing baseball and soccer and doing all that stuff.” He carried on with saying, “They get sponsors but they don’t need sponsors. All they need is that check through the organization. That’s what we need here in the UFC. That’s what we would all like.”
However, despite the money woes Cannonier has expressed that his experience with the UFC has been great, “I’ve never been happier. This is the best job I’ve ever had in my life. I think the UFC takes very good care of its athletes. They make sure we have everything we need, especially during fight week.”
Cannonier’s record now stands at 14-5-0 after his win against Kelvin Gastelum.
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