Cerrone: Getting big paydays for McGregor fights is ‘a big misconception’

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  1. Wild

    Wild TMMAC's Most Handsome Admin

    Dec 31, 2014
    One of the underlying reasons why Conor McGregor is the most called out fighters in the UFC is because of the perceived guaranteed big payday. Donald Cerrone, however, does not see it that way.

    Especially with the new pay-per-view system in place, “Cowboy” says fighting McGregor is not as lucrative as many would think.

    “I don’t know about this payday talk,” Cerrone said during Thursday’s media day. “Everyone thinks you fight Conor, you get paid. We’re under contract, man. Now with the ESPN thing, the pay-per-view buys are already done. It’s not like we get – so it’s a big misconception.

    “Conor might get paid. ‘Cowboy’ might get a little bump, but it’s not a $10 million…

    Donald Cerrone: Getting big paydays for Conor McGregor fights is ‘a big misconception’
  2. Filthy

    Filthy ZBM2.

    Jun 28, 2016
    UFC has locked down any income stream to the fighter that doesn't go through them.

    I hope Bellator's model is successful enough that UFC is forced to make concessions to fighters.
    Sort of like how the NFL changed when the AFL was added.
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  3. lordofthepies

    lordofthepies Posting Machine

    Dec 1, 2015
    He's right. Nate got paid well (by U Fight Cheap standards) because of PPV points and that's no longer in play.

    I'm sure a fighter could negotiate a little extra to fight Conor, but it's no longer a life-changing Red Panty night.

    Prior to the ESPN deal if you had a choice between fighting for the belt and fighting Conor in a non-title bout, you'd go for Conor. Now you would just go for the belt.
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