Hughes: How can these guys complain about their pay?
Fighter pay has been a hotly debated topic as of late. Some ex-UFC fighters and current fighters have aired their grievences publicly and support have also come to the support of their employeer. Matt Hughes now serves as the UFC Vice President of Athletic Development and Government Relations, and of course was a former world champion. His take on the issue:
“You go back to when I first started. These guys are making as much now as I did when I won the belt,” Hughes said. “How can these guys complain about their pay? I don’t understand it. I really don’t.
“Most of the guys that complain are guys who have been kicked out of the UFC. Like (Jon) Fitch. I like Fitch. I’m not talking bad about him, but I’m going to tell the truth. If people didn’t buy a ticket or buy a pay-per-view to watch him fight, then what good is he? A lot of people found him extremely boring. And so he got let go, and he’s not happy about it. But the facts are the facts.”