Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Eddie Alvarez: ‘I Wish More Fighters Understood How Valuable They Are’

Former UFC lightweight champion and current ONE Championship fighter, Eddie Alvarez, has been speaking out on fighter pay.

Much has been made over how MMA fighters are treated. From accusations of shady matchmakers to low pay, combat sports athletes are starting to be more vocal. Alvarez is seeing the stories pile up and he wishes the issues came to light sooner.

Eddie Alvarez Wishes Fighters Spoke Out Sooner

Alvarez took to his Twitter account to weigh in on the issue of fighter pay in MMA.

“No1 listened to me when I left and explain that fighters need Better pay. Now the largest names in the sport are speaking out , I love this sport and the promotions that provides our stages . But understand that it is Just a Stage! without the men n women willing to fight on it.

“Fighters have the ability to fill an arena and home audience . We also have the ability to leave a stage empty with nothing … I wish more fighters understood how valuable they are , and glad that some are recognizing their worth.”

One of the most vocal fighters on pay has been Gray Maynard. “The Bully” only made $26,000 in base pay for his first UFC lightweight title opportunity. Maynard claimed the UFC gave him $100,000 in “hush money.” Maynard says he would’ve been paying to receive the title shot had he only been given the base pay. Eventually, the “hush money” stopped rolling in and Maynard began to question if he’d ever get ahead in the sport of MMA.

As far as bigger stars of the sport are concerned, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal haven’t been happy. Jones has threatened to vacate his light heavyweight title unless he’s given a satisfactory offer. Masvidal wasn’t happy when he was offered half of what he made fighting Nate Diaz for a welterweight title bout against Kamaru Usman. Masvidal declined the UFC’s deal.

Trending Articles

WATCH: Fighter Suffers Disgusting Arm Break At Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series

Joe Pyfer didn't envision his bout with Dustin Stoltzfus ending the way that it did. On the 28th edition...

Video: UFC Boss Dana White Reacts To Horrifying Arm Break During Fight

UFC president Dana White had a priceless reaction to a nasty arm dislocation. On the 28th edition of Dana...

Yoel Romero Yanked From Planned UFC Bout With Uriah Hall

Yoel Romero vs. Uriah Hall is off. Romero was scheduled to share the Octagon with Hall on Aug. 22....

Javier Mendez Thinks Miocic vs. Cormier 3 Winner Will Get ‘Big Money Fight’ Against Jon Jones

American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez believes the winner of Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier III is in for a massive...

Five Fights To Watch At UFC 252

UFC 252 will close out what has been an unusual summer for the UFC, but it could also be the close of...

Latest MMA News

Paige VanZant Signs With Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship

Paige VanZant is the latest roster addition for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. VanZant broke the news to ESPN's Ariel...

Luke Rockhold Trashes Chris Weidman’s ‘Pathetic’ Performance Against Omari Akhmedov

Luke Rockhold isn't impressed by Chris Weidman's showing against Omari Akhmedov. Weidman took on Akhmedov in the co-main event...

Jordan Leavitt Unsure When He Will Make UFC Debut After DWCS Win

Jordan Leavitt is the newest lightweight on the UFC roster. Leavitt scored a first-round submission win over Luke Flores...

Jim Miller Eyes Submission Win Over Vinc Pichel At UFC 252

Jim Miller is about as game as they come and he jumped at the chance to fight on just a week and...

Video: UFC Boss Dana White Reacts To Horrifying Arm Break During Fight

UFC president Dana White had a priceless reaction to a nasty arm dislocation. On the 28th edition of Dana...

Five Fights To Watch At UFC 252

UFC 252 will close out what has been an unusual summer for the UFC, but it could also be the close of...

Curtis Blaydes Willing To Wait For Derrick Lewis Fight In December

Derrick Lewis proved Curtis Blaydes wrong last weekend after knocking out Alexey Olenik in the second round at UFC Vegas 6.

WATCH: Fighter Suffers Disgusting Arm Break At Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series

Joe Pyfer didn't envision his bout with Dustin Stoltzfus ending the way that it did. On the 28th edition...

Adrian Yanez Starches Brady Huang On Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series

Adrian Yanez made a statement on the 28th edition of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. Yanez shared the...

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 28 Results: Five Score UFC Contracts

UPDATE: Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series 28 is in the books. Five fighters earned UFC contracts. Those fighters were Impa Kasanganay,...

Here’s What Former UFC Welterweight Ben Askren Regrets About MMA Career

Former UFC welterweight Ben Askren has one big regret when it comes to his MMA career. Askren found great...

Yoel Romero Yanked From Planned UFC Bout With Uriah Hall

Yoel Romero vs. Uriah Hall is off. Romero was scheduled to share the Octagon with Hall on Aug. 22....