No. 9 ranked UFC lightweight Myles Jury is looking for a big fight to catapult him into the top 5 of the lightweight division. He recently set his sights on Nate Diaz, calling him out earlier this week for refusing to sign a contract.
Diaz responded in typical fashion, basically stating that he won’t step foot inside the Octagon until he gets paid what he believes he rightfully deserves.
Today, Jury responded to Diaz on his Facebook by expressing his thoughts on fighter pay and how to make more money as an MMA fighter.
Here is an excerpt from Jury’s response:
My take on UFC fighter pay, being an entrepreneur and fighters complaining about money (NATE DIAZ)……. Nate Diaz and I both came from TUF. When you come from Ultimate Fighter, you learn a lot more to have a better and longer career. Once in the UFC, you prove yourself, win fights, make the fans happy, be a good person and everything follows ($$).
Ultimate Fighter puts you on a three year contract with the numbers not being as good as one might think, but if you show your worth and do good, you’ll get the numbers you want. Behind the scenes money never gets released to the public but they do take care of those doing good (Nate Diaz shows publicly 1.2 million and that’s not even all the bonuses).
All he needs to do is fight and he will make 6 figure FOR SURE. I am probably looked at as his easiest fight. If he beats me, it’s an easy pay day and he will probably cut in line for title (more money).
You don’t fight, everyone WILL forget about you and your career will be over. This sport moves too fast. If anyone thinks the sport hinges on one person, you’re crazy, someone just takes your spot. Too many hungry people looking to earn their way to the top like myself.
The entire post is well worth reading, but Jury chiefly states that if you want to make more money, you need to perform your job well, and that job is to fight and win.
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening to Diaz, and whether or not the UFC would be willing to restructure his contract before he fights again.