The life of a UFC fighter might look glamorous but underneath the surface an ugly truth exists. Though a handful of competitors score hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars every year, the bulk of the organization’s roster rely on other means of making ends meet to pursue their passion. So, while middleweight champion Anderson Silva will bring home a seven-figure payday next weekend at UFC 162, Tim Kennedy will earn the equivalent of a man who has worked an average job for the past six months.
“I’m one of the 3% of guys in the whole entire sport and it would be slim pickings to survive off what I make in fighting,” confessed Kennedy in a recent interview with Place to Be Nation. “It’s a good thing I have another job because the UFC doesn’t pay very well.”
“I hope this isn’t the reality of the sport, if it is I should probably go do something else, like empty trash cans. I’d make more money than I do now,” he concluded, breaking down his $55,000 check bit by bit to come out with a total of $20,000 take-home.
Kennedy is scheduled to face Roger Gracie at the July 6 show. The bout will mark his UFC debut.