12. UFC Champion Says CM Punk Can’t Fight, Takes A Shot At Punk’s Pay
During a recent interview with ESPN, UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson talked about his frustrations regarding his pay in the UFC.
Johnson, who is ranked the #1 pound for pound fighter in the UFC and has defended his belt a record 10 times (only 1 Title defense away from breaking the record), expressed his displeasure at the fact that former WWE wrestler CM Punk got paid more than him in the UFC. Below is what he said:
“There is not another sport in the world where you can be the best at it but not get paid the best. I never wanted to say this before, but I don’t care anymore, and it’s just facts: When CM Punk signed with the UFC, people asked me how I felt about it, and I said, ‘CM Punk will probably make more money than I do on his very first fight.’ And he did. I think his payout was $500,000.
I have nothing against CM Punk, but if you look at the sheer nonsense of that, it doesn’t make sense. I know you have to look at the business standpoint, that he’s going to sell a lot of tickets, but he can’t fight! That’s why I’ve said the UFC should just try to sign that ‘Cash Me Ousside’ girl, because she’ll talk sh*t and probably outsell everybody.
A long time ago, my coach Matt Hume said, ‘Any UFC champion should clear $1 million per year.’ So say I fight twice a year and my paycheck for each is $400,000. The UFC should send me a bonus at the end of the year to get me to $1 million, for being champion. I know why the UFC runs the business the way they do. I know why Conor McGregor makes a base pay of $3 million. But I think I justify my pay with my skill set, and I’ve always been willing to promote my brand.”