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Stipe Miocic Says Payouts For Alistair Overeem Fight Were a “Slap in the Face”

Kelsey Mowatt

Stipe Miocic

Stipe Miocic is looking forward to getting back in the Octagon and defending the UFC’s heavyweight belt, but the champ isn’t happy about what he was paid for UFC 203.

Miocic took on Alistair Overeem at the September 10th event, and finished the decorated fighter in the opening round. The card went down in Miocic’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and in many respects, it was built around him.

Well, afterwards it was revealed that before PPV dividends, Miocic was paid $600,000 and Overeem made $800,000. The heavy handed fighter appeared on “The MMA Hour” on Monday, and Miocic made it clear that he doesn’t think he was compensated fairly (quote via MMA Fighting):

“You’re making money off me in my hometown, and you’re giving the man that’s a challenger who’s never won the title in the UFC, you’re giving him more money?

“It definitely should change. But the fact that my challenger made more money than me in my last fight was just kind of a slap in the face.”

Miocic also noted in the interview that the UFC is hoping to book him for a bout in May, but that his manager is trying to negotiate a new deal. When asked how that’s going, Miocic characterized it as a “mess”, so, it looks like the sides are a ways apart on terms.

Contract issues aside, you have to wonder who Miocic will face. Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez were supposed to fight this past December, in what many believed was a title shot eliminator. Velasquez, however, was not medically cleared to fight due to injury.

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