Tim Kennedy offers apology to UFC for remarks over pay


Tim Kennedy appeared recently on the GrappleTalk podcast, to promoter his fight with submission master Roger Gracie on the main card of UFC 162, live on PPV from Las Vegas, on July 6. Kennedy has developed a contrary persona in interviews in general and on Twitter in particular; it was on full display in the interview.

“It’s a good thing I have another job because the UFC doesn’t pay very well," said Kennedy.

"Anybody who accepts that as a reality of the sport is sad and pathetic. 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.”

Now he has taken in back, via Facebook.

I recently made comments regarding fighter pay. The intent of these statements was to highlight that professional fighters incur significant expense associated with their preparations to fight and that fighter compensation is still not on par with other major sports. While I am fortunate to have various revenue streams associated with my business interests, most fighters do not have that luxury. When you spend training camps with great guys with amazing talents and you see them barely making ends meet, while simultaneously seeing athletes in other sports with far less character and a far smaller work ethic making exponentially more, you can get frustrated.

Unfortunately, I made statements that alluded to how the UFC in particular pays its athletes. This was particularly offensive as Zuffa has taken better care of me than any other organization, even giving me a bonus for being amusing on Twitter. My choice of words was poor, not properly informed, and did not match my intent. Additionally, my comments were taken out of context. I can tell you that I have been fighting longer than most people and I remember all too well the days when there was no regulation or standard for an MMA promotion. I fought many times in Mexico where the rules were negligible, there were no physicals, and being paid was a luxury we didn’t expect. Our sport was shunned and was considered “human cockfighting”. Today, we are on Fox. We have doctors and insurance. We make more money than the average American. And we get these things by playing a sport we love. The only reason this is possible is because of Zuffa. They have legitimized the sport and taken better care of the athletes than any other organization, and the trend is only improving, with athletes making three times what they made on average five years ago.

My comments were hurtful and inappropriate. I accept full responsibility for the statements and apologize to the UFC, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita, & Joe Silva as well as anyone I might have offended with my comments. Fighting for the UFC is an honor and a privilege. I look forward to putting this situation behind me and focusing on my upcoming fight with Roger Gracie.

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ssj site profile image  

6/28/13 1:21 PM by ssj

lol thisit seems cunts enjoy being deluded as fuck if it comes to u fight cheap

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6/28/13 1:19 PM by ssj

lol @ all the zuffa cum guzzlers in this thread looking fkn pathetic'gOOOOodd oN yoUUU uFC is O faw ORSUM!!$'what a fucking joke lol

Da Ghost site profile image  

6/28/13 12:36 PM by Da Ghost

Yeah so tight the boss can't even afford blow $1m on one evening of gambling in a casino... Oh wait!

SJax site profile image  

6/28/13 12:25 PM by SJax

known for his wrestling and now his scramblin'

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6/28/13 10:42 AM by cecils_pupils

Tim, I hope you get subbed by Gracie and get cut. Do yourself and the rest of us a favor and STFU. The UFC does not need you in their ogranization and if you didn't like what they were offering you you shoulda passed.

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6/28/13 9:53 AM by cigano fan

If he loses his next fight he's gonna get fitch'ed so fucking hard. The grass really isn't always greener on the other side, and I bet they're a TON of guys that would kill to be in his position. When he starts doing more exciting things in the octagon, then he'll get a lot more attention and interest from hardcore fans and casual fans. The upper echelon of fighters in the UFC make greater money because they do greater things and win fights in greater fashion.

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6/28/13 9:26 AM by BobbyDigital420

yep     what a dummy

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6/27/13 11:30 PM by slamming

MATTHEW RIDDLE called the $150k a year he was making (excluding sponsorships) "easy money". He's hardly a viable star.If someone on his level is earning that much, i imagine there is a plethora of fighters who are getting "paid" that you wouldnt consider "viable".

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6/27/13 11:28 PM by BTT-RyannVonDoom

He doesnt need zuffa. He has a life outside of fighting.