UFC fighter pay has been a hot topic recently with some people saying fighters aren’t paid enough, while other say that the company’s compensation strategy is fair.
The talk got so heated at one point that UFC president Dana White said he considered doing away with traditional Fight of the Night and discretionary locker room bonuses. He recently confirmed, however, that after talking with fighters the UFC would continue its current pay structure, including bonuses.
“We’re not doing away with the Fight of the Night bonuses,” White declared. “After I said (we might end the bonuses), we had a lot of feedback from fighters and fighters want the finish bonuses. They want the finish bonuses and fighters want the discretionary bonuses to stay the same.”
One fighter that is surely happy to hear that is Chan Sung Jung, the Korean Zombie. He is fighting UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the UFC 163 main event on Aug. 3 in Brazil. Considering his past propensity for winning post-fight bonuses – he’s won four bonuses in just three UFC bouts – and Aldo’s fighting style being just as engaging as his, there’s a good chance that Jung could be up for another post-fight bonus, which are currently being doled out at $50,000 each.
That could mean a lot to a fighter like Jung that hasn’t fought in 15 months and is due to make $20,000 to show and another $20,000 if he should defeat Aldo.
“I will be making 20,000 dollars to show, and another 20,000 dollars if I win. I do not get any PPV points,” Jung said in a recent interview with the Korean website cormma.com.
By comparison, Aldo made $120,000 to show and $120,000 to win in his recent fight with Frankie Edgar at UFC 156; a fight that he won.
It’s not that Jung is complaining about his pay, he was just answering an interviewer's question.
Of course, he hopes for something even better than a post-fight bonus. He hopes to defeat Aldo and strengthen his bargaining position when his current contract comes due.
“After two more fights, I will be able to negotiate my contract,” said Jung. “Hopefully, I will be in a good position when that happens.”