Tim Kennedy Apologizes To UFC For Statement On Fighter Pay

Posted on June 27, 2013, 11:45 PM by Mike Drahota
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Tim Kennedy made some waves yesterday with his brash criticism of UFC fighter pay, going so far as to state that he could make more money emptying trashcans. While his choice of words may have been questionable, especially for a man yet to make his UFC debut, his words continued the trend of speaking out for higher wages in the UFC. 

Tonight, Kennedy made a precise clarification on his Facebook page, apologizing for his actions and showing great respect for Zuffa. His words were a far cry from the outspoken crticism of yesterday:

I recently made comments regarding fighter pay. The intent of these statements was to highlight that professional fighters incur significant expense associated with their preparations to fight and that fighter compensation is still not on par with other major sports. While I am fortunate to have various revenue streams associated with my business interests, most fighters do not have that luxury. When you spend training camps with great guys with amazing talents and you see them barely making ends meet, while simultaneously seeing athletes in other sports with far less character and a far smaller work ethic making exponentially more, you can get frustrated.

Unfortunately, I made statements that alluded to how the UFC in particular pays its athletes. This was particularly offensive as Zuffa has taken better care of me than any other organization, even giving me a bonus for being amusing on Twitter. My choice of words was poor, not properly informed, and did not match my intent. Additionally, my comments were taken out of context. I can tell you that I have been fighting longer than most people and I remember all too well the days when there was no regulation or standard for an MMA promotion. I fought many times in Mexico where the rules were negligible, there were no physicals, and being paid was a luxury we didn’t expect. Our sport was shunned and was considered "human cockfighting". Today, we are on Fox. We have doctors and insurance. We make more money than the average American. And we get these things by playing a sport we love. The only reason this is possible is because of Zuffa. They have legitimized the sport and taken better care of the athletes than any other organization, and the trend is only improving, with athletes making three times what they made on average five years ago.

My comments were hurtful and inappropriate. I accept full responsibility for the statements and apologize to the UFC, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita, & Joe Silva as well as anyone I might have offended with my comments. Fighting for the UFC is an honor and a privilege. I look forward to putting this situation behind me and focusing on my upcoming fight with Roger Gracie.

It looks like Kennedy is taking the complete opposite stance as his previous interview had portrayed yesterday. Perhaps his words were taken in a misleading light, but once the story broke he may have thought the better of running afoul of the world's biggest promotion before his first fight even took place.

Regardless, his emotional viewpoint of talented fighters barely making ends meet is a valid point to make. The debate over fighter pay will rage on, but it looks like Tim Kennedy, at least for the time being, had a short involvement with it.

 


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  • enjoylife321
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    The recent comments made By Tim kennedy highlight that UFC heavyweights have threatened Kennedy for speaking the truth...Just because Kennedy has apologised does not remove the fact that fighters are underpaid...

    The bonus he recieved for a twitter comment is irrelevant to the issue at hand. So is the history of unregulated MMA.

    What a backward promotion 15 years ago paid fighters in Brasil or anywhere else on the planet provides no justification for fighter wages today. UFC are on fox like major league sports and produce millions of dollars in revenue.

    Matt Hughes or someone else at Zuffa has wrestled fuked Kennedy into submission.

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  • Brian Cox
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    Snap! :-)

    You are so succinct.

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  • Brian Cox
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    PS: I was going to comment, but why bother when 321 is on the prowl.

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  • enjoylife321
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    lol...the forum is all yours now.

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  • Brian Cox
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    Sorry, but I can't resist...5 jokes off the top of my head:

    1. Will pictures of Tim Kennedy being water-boarded ever hit the internet?
    2. Does UFC medical insurance cover said water-boardings?
    3. Has any trainer ever thought of a swimming between Cuba & Florida, as training?
    4. If Time Kennedy is a scratch, will Fidel Castro be offered the fight?
    5. Does Obama have a warrantless recording of Kennedy's change of heart?

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  • enjoylife321
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    No 6....Steve mazagatti to ref Tim kennedy's fight

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  • akieyugames
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    Wow, just when i thought the guy had balls of steel. Well, better under payed than unemployed. Still, kudos to Tim for his eye opener statements.

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  • MAMBA24ILL
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    His first post, he spazzed out. His apology, his grammar is real on point.
    I thought he was a stick to your words kind of guy. Don't see him getting up & apologizing out of nowhere.

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  • Entity
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    As Jack Nicholson would say "The UFC Can't handle the truth!"

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  • watermelon fresh
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    The baldfather has struck again!

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  • N.C.
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    Whats interesting is UFC's terms. The fighters sign over their name and likeness to UFC and under that contracted time. They cant seek employment else where in MMA. They also can't get sponsored by everybody and anybody, ask the guys who were sponsored by affliction or certain brands UFC doesn't like.

    UFC should at the very least give fighters a minimum base salary. Things like rent, living expenses should be covered. They have what? 200 signed fighters nows? If every one other then the top stars. Lets say they got a $40K base salary (outside of the main event guys). Before show and win money. It would make it more reasonable. it would at least they made enough to train full time. The guys in the under card don't make enough to fight full time. Thats less then 8 million. With the number of event's they run now, it's not hard to squeeze out 8 million annually to take care of fighters since they own everything other then their first born child.

    The pay gap is a bigger problem. I mean Wandy has blood tests done mid training to test the level of oxygen in his blood! Full training team around him. Imagine challenging this guy while having to work a 40 hr week at a real job, while training in training camp? Even TRT I mean the stuff isn't cheap. You don't see under card guys going on TRT. Most likely because they can't afford it.

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  • Shogun91
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    ***** ...

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