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Aljamain Sterling changes his tune, says fighter pay is ‘not that bad’

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Aljamain Sterling might be turning into a company man.

Over the past few years, Sterling has been one the the most vocal dissidents when it comes to fighter pay. Last September, Sterling began voicing his displeasure at his compensation and lack of promotional support, saying that he didn’t feel the UFC had was giving him the push he deserved and suggesting that he may have to retire from fighting for lack of pay.

“The pay is definitely not what it is unless you’re the champ or a guy that’s been around the sport for a very, very, very long time and you can make a lot of money,” he told MMAFighting back in September. “I still think I have a very promising future, but just doing the math on how much I fight, how often I fight per year, there’s no way I’m gonna be able to make a significant amount of money where I can put it aside to do something when I’m done. You kind of see where I’m doing the math that it’s not adding up. I would have made more money taking a full-time teaching job somewhere.”

This was prior to the last fight on his first UFC contract, a bout against Johnny Eduardo. Famously, Sterling opted to fight out his contract rather than immediately re-sign with the UFC so he could pursue his full value in free agency. After submitting Eduardo, Sterling said he wanted “a bank account that reflects me being a pro athlete” and mentioned displeasure that the unproven Sage Northcutt was making significantly more than him despite him being on the cusp of title contention.

Well now Sterling is singing a different tune. After entering into free agency, Sterling ultimately decided to re-sign with the UFC for $30K per fight with ….View full article

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