Well, he’s still listed as an active fighter on the roster for UFC.com (for now?). U.S. Army Special Forces member Tim Kennedy has sounded off on his disappointment in the lack of income offered to fighters of today. Not a new complaint, as we recently heard the same mentions from former UFC fighters Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Jacob Volkmann on the UFC’s wages.
“It’s pathetic that so many fighters [have to have other jobs],” Kennedy said to the GrappleTalk podcast.
“I’m one of the three percent of guys (signed by the UFC) in the whole entire sport and it would be slim pickings to survive off what I make in fighting.”
“It’s a good thing I have another job because the UFC doesn’t pay very well.”
Kennedy’s barrage of slights at his employers didn’t stop there. The former Strikeforce contender went on to profess his disappointment in the sports overall pay, comparing it to a sanitation worker’s income (like the euphemism?).
“Anybody who accepts [fighters being underpaid] as a reality of the sport is sad and pathetic,” Kennedy said in closing. “I hope this isn’t the reality of the sport. If it is I should probably go do something else, like empty trash cans. I’d make more money than I do now.”
Ouch… If Dana’s Menieres ear isn’t ringing now, it will be. Question is, who do you side with on the topic? Should the fighters be compensated more or is the UFC already making a generous attempt?