Donald Cerrone picked up his 17th win in the UFC on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 89, but it was a snipe at his current pay rate in the UFC that may overshadow a third round TKO win over Patrick Cote.
“[The bonuses] all sound nice,” Cerrone commented at the post fight press conference, “according to my pay I don’t mean s*** to the UFC. But we’ll see. [I’m] going to talk to Dana after this and figure that out.”
It’s not the first time Cerrone’s had issues with paychecks in the organization, as he was outspoken somewhat in how much money he was losing via the Reebok deal’s implementation. As one of the more successful fighters currently on the roster, at least in terms of wins, perhaps he’ll have some more negotiating power on that end.
Penick’s Analysis: There are a lot of non-champion and even non-contender fighters in the UFC who should probably be paid a lot more than they are right now, and Cerrone’s very much in that camp. With 17 wins over five years, he’s been remarkably proficient, and even though he’s fallen short in a few big fights, he has a significant fanbase and boosts whatever card on which he’s competing. That was the case Saturday in Ottawa, and if he’s feeling like he hasn’t been taken care of by the organization, he’s a name who could do very well trying to get a bigger contract elsewhere.
[Photo (c) Jayne Kamin-Oncea via USA Today Sports]
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