Blaydes: UFC has to come to me with a decent offer or else

Monday, February 12, 2018

UFC heavyweight Curtis Blaydes showed the world how mixed martial arts works on Saturday night at UFC 221. He tested his stand up skills vs. one of the most devastating strikers in the sport’s history, and then used his wrestling to shut that striking down.

Blaydes, 26, is on a three-fight win streak in the UFC’s notoriously streak-free division. And it’s actually a five-fight streak but Blaydes had a win changed to a No Contest after he tested positive for the demon weed Marijuana.

Blaydes apparently started in the UFC with the most basic three-fight contract. His first fight was for $10,000 to show and $10,000 more to win. He was welcomed to the league by Francis Ngannou and lost, so his next fight was the same – 10/10. He won that so escalated to 12/12 for the NC fight.

His new four-fight contract began at 19/19, and he won. Next fight was in New York which does not make contracted purses public, but it was probably in the range of 22/22. Saturday’s fight was probably in the range of 25/25. So Blaydes was welcomed to the UFC by Francis Ngannou and made ten grand for his trouble. Five fights and nearly two years later he probably made around 50 grand for beating Mark Hunt. Back out management, and taxes, and training expenses, and even with a career performance bonus and Reebok money, it’s not a lot of money. And Blaydes is in the UFC’s top 10.

The UFC typically does not wait for contracts to expire before offering the next one, so the negotiations should start shortly. Blaydes wants more, and he’s earned it.

“If the UFC allows me to get to that fourth fight without a decent offer … I’ll listen to Bellator,” said Blaydes to Steven Marrocco for MMAjunkie. “They’ve been offering guys fat, fat contracts, and those heavyweights aren’t nearly as good as the ones in the UFC. So the enticement is there – lesser competition for more money.”

Blaydes greatly increased his profile with the win over Hunt. And he’s more likely to find fame in the UFC than in Bellator. But Curtis Blaydes doesn’t want to be famous, he wants to be paid.

“I don’t care if no one ever learns my name, as long as my bank account is full,” he said. “Because I’m not getting hit in the face just because I like it.

“I know there are guys who enjoy getting hit in the face. They enjoy the rush. They enjoy the adrenaline. I don’t. I don’t like getting hit in the face. It pisses me off. I’m only doing it because we’re getting paid. If we weren’t getting paid, I wouldn’t do this.

“I’m not one of those guys like, ‘If we were two guys in the backyard, I would still throw down.’ I would not. I’m in it for the money. I don’t feel bad about that at all.”

“Most guys my age aren’t making half what I’m making, so I’m fine with that. For now.”