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Joe Lauzon: “I couldn’t be happier with the pay structure.”

Joe Lauzon: “I couldn’t be happier with the pay structure.”

UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon is far from being the highest paid fighter in the organization. In fact, he’s never challenged for a title or even strung together more than three wins in a row while competing under the UFC banner. However, don’t expect Lauzon to issue any complaints about the way he and his peers are paid.

Lauzon sat down with 1460 AM Sports Radio in Boston this week where he discussed a gripe that’s become increasingly common in recent months.

“We’re paid fighters, so getting in to the UFC doesn’t mean you’re gonna have this cushy job. You get paid based on how your performance goes,” explained Lauzon. “I’ve been very fortunate where I have had some great fights and I’ve been rewarded with some bonuses. I couldn’t be happier with the pay structure. It all comes down to people wanting to see you fight.”

The 22-8 Lauzon is tied with middleweight legend Anderson Silva for the most event-specific bonuses in UFC history at twelve. He’ll be shooting for #13 in a little less than a month when he mixes it up with Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen.