A sad reality for MMA fighters as Jared Cannonier may have won the fight against Kelvin Gastelum but he admitted to being broke. When asked whether he would sit out and wait for the results for the Adesanya vs Whittaker 2, he responded that he is currently broke and needs to fight given the right name, which might make him say yes.

It is indeed tragic that a top 5 UFC middleweight will go on to say that he needs to fight because he is broke. In other sports, like NBA, NFL, and many others athletes are already living comfortably or paid well. MMA has been criticized for fighter pay for a number of years already. UFC can always move on and get away with giving fighters lower pay.

It is now the right time to make a fighter union where it protects and gives the fighters a better share of the events. Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou should have been booked already yet we have yet to see it due to fighter pay issues. Even a two-division champion, Henry Cejudo has gone on to say that money is the only way to make him come back.

Yes, there are also athletes that had life-changing paychecks where one fight changed their life for the better but it is still sad to see most of the fighters are underpaid. It is not a great look for the sport in general. Athletes are hitting each other for a living and they still are not provided with a company’s health insurance.

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