Amanda Nunes should be paid $1 million per fight, says former opponent Cris Cyborg - TheMacLife

Amanda Nunes should be paid $1 million per fight, says former opponent Cris Cyborg

Cris Cyborg says that the only woman to beat her in the last 13 years isn’t getting paid enough.

By John Balfe - 8 Jun 2020

Cris Cyborg has a fair idea as to Amanda Nunes’ efficacy in the cage. 

Cyborg’s 21-fight, 13-year undefeated streak was unceremoniously ended just 51 seconds after the first bell of her world title bid against Nunes at UFC 232 in late 2018. That fight came after Cyborg’s own admitted malaise at the terms of her contract with the UFC, as she opted out of renewal talks with the organisation to sign up as the latest refugee to head to Bellator from the UFC HQ in Las Vegas.

Nunes, meanwhile, earned $450,000 in disclosed pay for last weekend’s unanimous decision win against Felicia Spencer in a fight which headlined the UFC 250 pay-per-view card — and Cyborg says that the double-champion’s talents are worth far more than that.

“Nunes deserves to be getting a million every fight,” Cyborg wrote on Twitter, before adding, “Hopefully with total compensation she’s getting that.”

Cyborg’s comments reflect a wider debate which has inserted itself into the MMA news beat regarding fighter pay, with several star names within the organisation have expressed dissatisfaction with the terms of their contracts currently. Jon Jones recently announced that he has relinquished his UFC light heavyweight title amid a dispute with the UFC (though it appears that organisation haven’t yet confirmed this), while Jorge Masvidal has publicly admitted his frustrations with the UFC in an interview with ESPN.

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