Fighting on the UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman main card on pay-per-view against Roger Gracie on July 6, 2013, former Strikeforce fighter Tim Kennedy served in the United States Army for several years while also managing to put together a decent 15-4 professional record in MMA, twice challenging Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Luke Rockhold for the Strikeforce crown. Kennedy lost both fights, but showed no quit and went all five rounds.
Kennedy, now under contract with Zuffa LLC, recently spoke up about fighter pay (via Grappletalk Podcast).
“It’s a good thing I have another job because the UFC doesn’t pay very well. Anybody who accepts that as a reality of the sport is sad and pathetic. 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.”
The UFC middleweight is obviously not happy with his contract. However, a knockout, submission or fight of the night bonus can add an extra 50K to his payout if he can manage to make something happen against the submission expert in Roger Gracie.