Jake Collier investigates the fighters’ wages ahead of his upcoming clash at UFC on ESPN 32. Former Resurrection Fighting Alliance middleweight champion will soon be co-headlining “UFC Vegas 46” with Chase Sherman after a series of last-minute changes redesigned the map’s lineup. It was only the second time that “The Prototype” had the chance to fully concentrate on mixed martial arts in its training camp after giving up his full-time job in welding in 2021. Speaking to Sherdog, Collier said a monthly UFC scholarship would help fighters focus their energies on training without worrying about bills so much that they would be forced to take a second job.
“A lot of people complain about the fighters being paid,” he said. “Do we all want more money? In any case, we want more money. I don’t know if there was a monthly incentive or something. Every month you aren’t fighting for a fight, you might get this much check or something every month. It’s tough, and especially when you look at the fighters who are currently getting stuck in the UFC, I think their contracts probably look like this [$12,000 to show] and [$12,000 to win]. After you pay the gym fees, eat healthy, drive to the gym, pay your manager, pay that, and then pay taxes, it’s like, ‘Yeah, I just made 10 grand and I’ve just been training three months of my life to to do that. ‘It can be tough, man. ”
Collier also spoke about the painful split-decision defeat he suffered in his last appearance against Carlos Felipe and shared his thoughts on his next opponent, among other things.
(00:41) Turn upside down in his training camp
(02:28) Whether he’s considering going back a division
(04:25) Why he doesn’t give a lot of interviews
(05:17) Doing MMA as a full time job
(08:47) His thoughts on fighters’ wages
(10:07) His loss to Felipe
(12:00) Across from Sherman
(13:20) Picking Giga Chikadze – Calvin Kattar
(13:55) Pick Francis Ngannou – Ciryl Gane
Tudor Leonte began writing about mixed martial arts for Italian media in 2013. His journey with Sherdog began in 2018 and it now covers One Championship and countless European shows. You can follow him on Twitter @Mr.TudorLeonte.
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