The former UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes boasted about his huge payday following BKFC debut. He compared this payment to the ones he got from the biggest MMA promotion the UFC.
Chad Mendes says he made more money for his BKFC debut this past Saturday than he did for any of his UFC fights, including both title bouts and UFC 189 against Conor McGregor. #TheMMAHour
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After leaving the UFC in 2018, the 36-year-old signed a three-fight contract with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC). He started his debut in a lightweight bout against Joshuah Alvarez on February 19. Mendes knocked out Alvarez in the fourth round and won the bare-knuckle fight.
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Speaking to Ariel Helwani in The MMA Hour, Chad Mendes was talking about his BKFC debut and said he had so much fun fighting under the BKFC banner. It was his first professional fight after being inactive for around 3 years.
“It’s basically been a long, long journey and I feel blessed to finally have an opportunity like this. To go in there and do something that I find as fun as it is and doing something I love and getting that amount of money to do it.” Mendes said.
Even though he claimed the money is much more than the UFC’s, Mendes claimed that BKFC hasn’t given the money to him yet. Unlike the UFC that gives their fighters the money on the same night.
“Yeah it was definitely cool to get that paycheck. I haven’t gotten it yet. We’re inside for seven days and then I get paid.” Mendes said.
Chad Mendes: I made more money for my BKFC fight than I did for any of my UFC fights, including my title fights and the McGregor fight.
Also Chad Mendes: I still haven’t been paid by BKFC.
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Chad Mendes claimed that he made more money for his BKFC debut than he did for any of his UFC fights, including two title fights and a fight against Conor McGregor. Mendes reportedly made $500,000.
It is true that he fought Conor McGregor. However, it was back in 2015 and even though it was an interim title fight, it wasn’t a PPV event.
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