Mike Tyson showed up on the MMA Hour this week and got pretty passionate when the topic turned to how much UFC fighters are getting paid:
“Nothing personal to nobody, they gotta be f—ing millionaires,” Tyson angrily insisted to Ariel Helwani Tuesday on The MMA Hour. “They gotta get the f—ing money they deserve. How is [MMA] going to be bigger than boxing if they don’t have cash? These guys need to be multi-multimillionaires. They need to have their big f—ing mansions, their big cars and if not, they should be able to take care of their family. They should be able to live without fighting no more.”
“They’re still getting brain damage,” Tyson continued. “They’re still getting knocked out. They’re still going to the hospital every night, win, lose or draw,” he noted. “They know something bad’s going to happen eventually. Why can’t we live a good life until that happens?”
“I’m just saying ultimate fighting fighters are not getting paid what they deserve,”
Mike also says change, it’s a coming. And that’s generally a good thing, so long as things don’t get crazy out of hand. Boxing crazy out of hand. If we can somehow hit that sweet spot between once great fighters carrying on for way too long because they can’t afford to retire and spoilt athletes sucking the life out of the sport, that’d be wawesome.