Originally Posted by Ubermensch
Side note Tim Silvia did state that Affliction while sponsoring him in the UFC were paying him Half of his earnings for each of his fights. So if you take into account that people ala GSP Sherk etc etc that were sponsored by Affliction just lost half of their paycheck it is not unreasonable to think they may want to jump ship.
In Sylvia's case your argument makes more sense since he isn't a champion and doesn't get a portion of the PPV revenue.
In GSPs case though, this argument doesn't hold much water. I am saying this under the assumption that GSP can actually defend his title at least once or twice. The UFC has a few canadian fighters, but no-one anywhere near the level of popularity and skill of GSP. If GSP really is unhappy with his contract, he is doing the right thing by not talking about it. Trust me, when he has one or two fights left on his contract, he will get extended with a fat raise (so long as he doesn't lose to anyone anytime soon). The UFC will more than make up for GSPs lost earnings from his Affliction sponsorship.
Every fighter should take a page out of GSPs book here with regards to not talking about your own contract. It's really unprofessional to air your dirty laundry in front of the media. Not to mention it doesn't get you anywhere closer to a raise/extension.