Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown”: “The Korean Zombie” Fights To Prove His Worth
By Joshua Molina
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung will earn $20,000 to fight and another $20,000 to win when he steps into the cage against Jose Aldo at UFC 163.
That’s right, $20,000. His Korean Zombie nickname alone is worth more than $20,000.
The purse is not bad for a night’s work, but considering that he is fighting for the title, he should be earning a lot more.
Sure there are the No Fighter Left Behind performance bonuses that reward fighters financially who score impressive knockouts.
But seriously, in this era no main event fighter should have to step inside the cage for less than $75,000. If you are good enough to fight in the biggest, greatest MMA promotion in the world, against one of the best fighters in the world, you should be rewarded with more than $20K.
Of course no one is forcing TKZ to fight for only $20K. But realistically fighters have no choice in the UFC culture but to take fights when they can get them and fight for the pay they are offered.
If fighters want to earn more money they need to be knockout or submission specialists. Or they need to have big mouths like Chael Sonnen.
Fighters need to understand that the UFC brand, not the individual needs of fighters is the focus.
So good luck, TKZ. You have 20,000 reasons to prove to UFC President Dana White that you are worth more.