Tony Ferguson says UFC gave him ‘less than half’ of contracted show money for UFC 209

Tony Ferguson alleges that the UFC paid him a lot less than he thought he was going to get, despite not fighting at UFC 209. There has already been plenty of confusion surrounding the aborted UFC interim lightweight title fight at UFC 209. When Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced out of the fight after a bad weight cut, many questions were brought up. Would they try to do the fight again soon? What happens with the interim title? Would Tony Ferguson be paid for showing up and making weight?
According to UFC president Dana White, the last question was answered in the affirmative. Sort of. He initially said “we’ve never done that” when asked at the post-fight press conference if Ferguson received his show money for the title fight. Eventually he did say that Ferguson was indeed paid.
But according to Ferguson, it wasn’t nearly as much as he was expecting. El Cucuy told MMA Junkie that he received ‘less than half’ of his $250,000 show money for the title fight.
“I did everything in my power that I could to show up on that scale, and that’s what I thought we were going to do. That’s why you call it show money. And to every fan that’s out there in the world, (UFC President) Dana (White), he said they cut me out a check, and I didn’t get a check, and then this morning I got my wire, and I’m looking at it and I’m like, ‘What the frick, man?’ I’m like, ‘Seriously?’”
It gets weirder though. According to the article, an anonymous UFC official told them that Ferguson had a long meeting with White and was told multiple times how much he was going to get. The info was also relayed to his manager. The reason it was less was due to that salary being tied to a title fight that wasn’t happening.
For his part, Ferguson had a different view of the meeting. He thought he was getting $250,000, and says the amount he got barely covered his training expenses. He was offered a last-minute fight with Michael Johnson, but at a much lower base pay than the title fight, so he declined it.
He then aimed his ire directly at the UFC president:
“I’m not taking a pay cut,” Ferguson said. “Why would I want to take a pay cut? If you give me what I originally showed up for, (expletive) yeah, I’ll give you a badass fight. We’ll save this card.
“He said, ‘We budget for these fights.’ Those are his exact words. So then you had it, but you don’t want to fork it over. That’s like, all right … How am I supposed to like the company I work for if I’m short-changing me? He was telling me he was taking a loss from this, and I’ll bet you he’s somewhere out on his boat, or doing something on his jet, laying $250,000 down on a craps table.”
This isn’t the fin irst time the UFC and Ferguson have butted heads over money. White stated back in December that the fight wasn’t going to happen due to Ferguson’s salary demands, and Khabib even offered to give Ferguson $200,000 to take the bout. Eventually they came to terms, but it’s still a mess apparently.
Source: bloody

Ronda Rousey voices support for ‘Day Without a Woman’ movement on International Woman’s Day

Ronda Rousey may not be in the cage, but her voice can still be heard as an advocate for women’s rights on social media. Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey gained a huge following during her time in the UFC, and she’s putting her influence to work in other ways now that she has apparently stepped away from the sport for good. Rousey, an advocate of many causes, took to her Instagram to voice support for the ‘A Day Without A Woman’ movement, which is taking place on International Women’s Day:

#DayWithoutaWoman #resist A post shared by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on Mar 8, 2017 at 6:15am PST

The movement, which was a collective event across the United States that involved women wearing red in solidarity while taking the day off from work and not shopping at large businesses, has been symbolized by the above image in Rousey’s post, which is described in this UPI article:
“One of the most popular spots in New York City on Wednesday was a bronze statue in the Financial District depicting a fearless young girl — hands on her hips and a valiant expression on her face — standing in the way of the iconic Charging Bull sculpture near the New York Stock Exchange.
A plaque in front of the brave girl says, ‘SHE makes a difference.’”
Rousey was one of the highest-paid female athletes in the world 2016, earning nearly 10 million dollars according to Business Insider.
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Diaz says UFC tried to bump him from movie trailer in favor of McGregor or St-Pierre

Nate Diaz thinks that the UFC isn’t interested in using him as much as guys like Conor McGregor or Georges St-Pierre. It’s no secret to UFC fans that the Diaz brothers do things in their own unique way. Both Nick and Nate Diaz always deliver in the cage, but Dana White has made no secret of the fact that it’s not easy to actually get them into it sometimes. In Nate’s case, he wants to get paid and he wants relevant fights. His issues with the UFC run deep, but one recent example from a USA Today article illustrates part of the reason he gets so frustrated.
According to Nate, he got hooked up with a promotional job for the movie Fist Fight, starring Charlie Day and Ice Cube. He sparred with Day in a promo in a recorder trailer. But the UFC didn’t like that and allegedly wanted to go in a different direction:
“The UFC is like, ‘We’re thinking GSP or Conor McGregor,’ ” Diaz said. “My guy said, ‘Don’t worry, we’re going to use Nate.’ They came back to say, ‘We really think you should use GSP or Conor.’
“I don’t know what it is. I’m not a white boy with blue eyes or great looking, I talk all (messed) up. I’m not the look they’re going for, but this is fighting. You don’t go for a look. You go for the baddest that’s out there. This is an example of my whole career.”
In his mind, it encapsulates why he’s not fully behind the brand – because they’re not fully behind him:
“They try to shut us down. With Conor, they made a star out of him. They have never done that for me. I’m still here after all the holding back I’ve been through. They’ve never put my name on a pedestal. If they had my back the whole way, I’d be like, ‘UFC, all day, don’t be dissing my company like that,’ but why would I do that for a company that does this?”
Diaz still doesn’t have a fight booked, despite two bouts with McGregor that were among the highest-selling PPVs in company history in 2016.
Source: bloody

Tony Ferguson on not getting full show money, not wanting to take pay cut vs. Michael Johnson

It wasn’t that Tony Ferguson didn’t want to fight Michael Johnson at UFC 209.

Johnson, after all, handed Ferguson his last loss back in 2012. It’s Ferguson’s only blemish in his past 16 fights, and like any fighter worth his salt, the top lightweight contender longs to avenge his defeats.

“I wanted to whoop Michael Johnson’s ass and avenge my loss,” Ferguson said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

But there was a big catch which kept the fight, which would have been a last-minute replacement matchup after Khabib Nurmagomedov had to pull out of his his planned co-main event with Ferguson on Friday, from happening.

The UFC wanted to make a significant cut in Ferguson’s contracted pay, and Ferguson wasn’t having any of it.

“I can’t take a pay cut for no title,” Ferguson said. “It made absolutely zero sense. I begged them to pay my fairly to whup his ass but they refused.”

Ferguson had been slated to make $250,000 to show for the fight, with a $250,000 win bonus attached. While “El Cucuy” declined to place a specific dollar figure on how much of a pay cut they asked for him to fight Johnson, his words indicated it was a steep request.

“It wasn’t what I wanted,” Ferguson said. “They wanted to give me something but I wanted my show money, I felt like at least i deserved that. The day before, to take a huge pay cut, more than probably half. It just, it’s frustrating, dude.”

So Ferguson declined to take the fight, hoping to get his show money. But he didn’t receive that, either. Ferguson told MMAjunkie in an interview published Wednesday that the UFC gave him less than half of the $250,000 he would have made if he fought Nurmagomedov. Ferguson would have also made another $250,000 if he won the fight.

“It was like a slap to the face,” Ferguson told MMAjunkie. “My training expenses were a lot larger than any other fight I’ve ever done because this was supposed to be the biggest fight of my career. So now I’m sitting here, and it’s like, what is my worth to the UFC? Like, do I not fight enough? Do I not bleed enough for them? It’s going through my head right now, because I didn’t lose.

“I did everything in my power that I could to show up on that scale, and that’s what I thought we were going to do. That’s why you call it show money. And to every fan that’s out there in the world, (UFC President) Dana (White), he said they cut me out a check, and I didn’t get a check, and then this morning I got my wire, and I’m looking at it and I’m like, ‘What the frick, man?’ I’m like, ‘Seriously?’”

A UFC official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told MMA Fighting that Ferguson received in the six figures almost double the standard show money for fighters. The UFC is not contractually obligated to pay a fighter who does not fight, but has given fighters their show money in the past. The official said UFC brass wanted to make sure Ferguson was compensated in some way. This was a unique situation, because the UFC lost an interim title fight and a co-main event of a pay per view.

Ferguson, though, didn’t seem to come out of the ordeal too satisfied.

“I’ll fight anybody as long as not as I’m not punished for something that somebody else has not shown up to do,” Ferguson said on The MMA Hour. “I did everything on my end, showed up, did media obligations, showed up on the scales. I did everything, I was ready, dude.”

In the wake of everything that went down, Ferguson was left to ponder what often seems like the capriciousness of the fight business.

“Like all fighters, I budgeted my entire camp off my show money,” Ferguson said. “My wife works, I’m saving my money to buy a home, I’m remodeling it, which is for my absolute purpose for the career. This fight was going to have enough to afford this house, my payments for the year, the remodeling job for my home gym so I can raise my son. Yet here I am, looking at my empty space on the wall with no belt and I’m still trying to stay as humble as possible and professional. It’s hard.”

Source: mmafighting