If you’ve been following Mousasi in recent months, then you know that the middleweight contender has been making more than a few, eyebrow raising comments. It’s not like Mousasi’s been tossing out Conor McGregor-ish comments right and center, but the “Dreamcatcher” has been shooting down the notion that he’s soft spoken.
Case in point, recently Mousasi had this to say, while discussing how much certain UFC fighters are making (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I just see that Vitor Belfort is making tons more money than me. I defeated Dan Henderson, he’s making tons more money than me. I defeated Mark Hunt. He’s making $800,000 a fight. I can beat Michael Bisping and even before he was champion he was making a lot more than me. Why don’t I deserve to make some money? . . . How is it possible Mark Hunt is making $800,000 with a record of 10-10? He has a record of 10 wins, 10 losses. Look at my record. How the f**k is that possible?”
Now, to be 100% accurate, Hunt collected $750,000 for his recent KO loss to Alistair Overeem. Mousasi, meanwhile, earned just $110,00 for his win over Thiago Santos at UFC 200 last year (these numbers only indicate what was disclosed to the athletic commissions).
So, you can understand Mousasi’s frustration, as there’s a big gap between what he’s earning compared to Hunt. But the reality is that a fighter’s pay is not determined solely by merit and rankings. A fighter’s ability to draw fans and pull ratings, plays a huge factor. If Mousasi keeps winning fights and takes out Chris Weidman at UFC 210 this weekend, however, he’ll be in a pretty good place to start demanding bigger checks. The well rounded fighter certainly deserves some big paydays.
UFC 210 will go down in Buffalo, New York.