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Sean Strickland vents his frustration over UFC fighter pay and expresses interest in fighting Jake Paul: “You don't leave this sport happy or good.”

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Sean Strickland vents his frustration over UFC fighter pay and expresses interest in fighting Jake Paul.

Jake Paul, Sean Strickland, UFC

Former UFC middleweight champion Strickland (28-6 MMA) is still licking his wounds after suffering a loss to Dricus Du Plessis (21-2 MMA) at UFC 297 last January. It was Strickland's first title defense, which ended in a split-decision loss that evening on January 20.

“Tarzan” is no stranger to trashing the salaries of UFC fighters.

Once again, Strickland is in the news and excited about “X', with the statement:

“Here’s the thing, guys. UFC isn't the NFL or the NBA, it's absolutely killer. You don’t leave this sport happy or good.”

“If I fought Jake Paul, 1. I would murder him, but 2. We would make millions.”

“Something you experience in your jobs. The wage gap is getting bigger and bigger.”

The average NFL salary is around $2.8 million – not comparable to the UFC.

The average NBA salary is around $10 million – again, not comparable to that of the UFC.

It was Jake Paul who previously came to “X” and said:

“No major sports organization pays its athletes as poorly as Dana White and UFC. If you don't see this, then you're one of Dana's sheep. They constantly talk about selling out 21 events in a row, but they never talk about increasing fighters’ salaries, providing them with health care and ensuring fair revenue sharing.”

Apparently Strickland and Paul are on the same page.

The upcoming boxing match between Jake Paul and Mike Tyson takes place on Saturday, July 20th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

It has been leaked that Tyson will pocket $20 million in prize money from this fight.

Perhaps that's what caught Strickland's attention, hence the comment that a fight with “The Problem Child” would make him millions – far more than he makes in the UFC.

Do you think fighters in the UFC should receive higher payouts? Would you like to see Sean Strickland vs. Jake Paul in the ring?

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