Ben Askren criticized Reebok hunters' wages before his UFC debut against Robbie Lawler this weekend at UFC 235, calling the $ 3,500 "terrible".
The UFC's Reebok deal currently pays fighters based on the experience gained in the Octagon, which means that the more fighting a fighter gets, the more money he will earn. While Askren will make his promotion debut on Saturday night, "Funky" falls into the first tier of the fight bonus.
During a media day at UFC 235, Askren told MMA that he had not really thought about how much money he would earn with Reebok if he decided to join the UFC.
"I only have to wear Reebok to that," Askren said. "And at open training, weighing, fighting, all that … they do not pay me enough."
"I was placed in that damn first support," he added. "I did not think about that [when I signed with the UFC]. When I thought about it, I probably would have had to negotiate Reebok money up, because they do not pay me enough. I think it's only $ 3,500? It's rather terrible.
Askren, undefeated, has spent most of his career fighting for Bellator and the ONE Championship, winning the welterweight title in both of these promotions, although ONE's welterweight limit is 185 pounds. Askren said that he was earning more sponsorship money than he would for this fight, even in his debut for Bellator.
"Sponsorship has been everywhere," he said. "Even when I was no one at Bellator, I earned $ 20,000 in a fight. It was the wild days. At the time, UFC members made six figures on sponsorships. "
The UFC 235 will take place this Saturday, March 2nd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main event will feature a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Anthony Smith, while Tyron Woodley will play Kamaru Usman in the main event.