And by golden rule, I mean Dana White’s golden rule: Never ever under any circumstances should you ever talk about money in public or to the press. But in a new issue of Fight! magazine, Huerta doesn’t just talk about it, he bitches hardcore about it:
He’s also unhappy with the terms of his current contract, but to Huerta, the press tours underscore a larger point: by and the large, Zuffa does not treat its contracted fighters with sufficient loyalty or respect. He argues that many UFC fighters barely make enough to cover their training expenses. He brings up teammate Keith Jardine repeatedly, incensed that a main event fighter is working for ten and ten- $10k to show and 10k to win – while his opponent regularly makes ten times as much.
It is pretty obscene that Jardine – who’s fought Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell, and Wanderlei Silva – is still languishing on the low end of the payscale, barely making more than the new TUF virgins rolling into the UFC today. By all accounts, Jardine is a guy who gets no push, no preference, and no breaks.
But Huerta is about as close to a pure creation of the UFC as it gets in the organization. Comparisons have been made between him and Gina Carano or Kimbo Slice – that he’s just being built up as a marketable Hispanic posterboy for the promotion. Thus far his only big win has been against Clay Guida, in a fight that he was losing until he caught Clay with a knee. Hey, I don’t want to say Huerta isn’t good … he’s obviously got some skills and he’s only getting better. He’s got that “it” thing going for him where he truly does have the potential to be a superstar. But to say like he does in this article that the UFC isn’t ‘loyal’ to him … I don’t know how accurate that statement is.
It’s one thing to bitch about money – I can understand that and respect that. But it drives me fucking nuts when fighters take money issues and turn them into respect issues. How’s this for a novel idea: take all your angers and woes, put them in a list, and make your manager go out and get them written into the next contract you sign.