Pretty much every second question Joachim Hansen has to answer is “Why didn’t you agree to fight in the UFC?”. And every time Hansen answers like this:
“I just hope people understand that the problems [with Zuffa] weren’t about the money,” Hansen said. “It was about them treating me with honor and keeping their word. I would rather fight for free, then to bend down to them. My soul is not for sale. Anyways, now I’m a free man, and everything will be as it was,” explained the former Pride fighter.
They offered me a fight some months ago – I wasn’t sure if they had bought Pride for what the hell was going on. They offered me a fight against Marcus Aurelio, they offered me half the salary of what I got in Pride. Obviously at the time they had already bought Pride, in my opinion they also bought my contract, so how can they offer me half the salary?
Hey, I’m not about to argue with Hansen’s logic. If I got a new boss who tried to cut my salary in half, I’d have told them where to stick it and how deep too.
I really have to wonder what the fuck is going on with the UFC’s heads that they even try this shifty shit. We’re probably talking a 15-20k difference in pay, chump change for the UFC. Just fucking pay it, and if Hansen underperforms, you drop the guy’s contract. How the UFC can keep saying they’ve got the best fighters in the world and then drive away talent like Hellboy without even giving him one match just boggles my mind.