Whatever side of the debate you’re on regarding UFC fighter pay, there’s no denying that being a UFC fighter has its benefits.
UFC flyweight Molly McCann was keen to point that out during a recent interview with Sky Bet (h/t Sportskeeda) ahead of her fight against Hannah Goldy at UFC Fight Night 208 on Saturday.
‘Meatball’ received a total payout of $130,000 in her last bout at UFC London, which included a $50,000 bonus following her Knockout of the Year candidate against Luana Carolina. On top of the pay, she’s also got to fly around the world and stay in ‘five-star hotels’ at no extra cost, something she’ll always be grateful for.
“No other promotion would fly you around the world [and] put you in the five-star hotels. When you arrive, you send them your weight and they’ll come up with a refeed program, they’ll give you food all of the week, they’re with you non-stop.” McCann said.
The Liverpool-native also enjoys the benefit of being able to use the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas where she can undergo free physio sessions and enroll in free strength and conditioning programs.
“Then you’ve got the Performance Institute, which is like the EIS [English Institute of Sport]… we’ve got one in Las Vegas where you’re allowed to go and use for free, so you’ve constantly got free physio [therapy], strength and conditioning programs…,” she said.
McCann’s praise comes in stark contrast to some other fighters on the UFC roster who are critical of the UFC’s current model and demand higher pay. UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, for example, is involved in a standoff with the UFC over his current deal. The African-born knockout artist is awaiting a more lucrative contract with the freedom to compete in boxing as well as MMA.
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