Korean Zombie reveals pay for UFC 163
July 23, 2013
In an interview with South Korean MMA web site, CorMMA, Featherweight challenger Chan Sung Jung said he will be making $20,000 to show and $20,000 to win in his upcoming fight with Jose Aldo on Saturday, August 3rd. Jung aka The Korean Zombie was a replacement for Anthony Pettis who was injured.
The Korean Zombie’s pay highlights the issue of pay which has been a popular trend. In comparison, Featherweight champion Jose Aldo made $120,000 to win and $120,000 to show in his last event at UFC 156. Its expected that Aldo will make as much for the event.
KZ also stated that he would not be making any PPV points despite being in the main event.
How much fight money are you receiving for this fight?
I will be making 20,000 dollars to show, and another 20,000 dollars if I win. I do not get any PPV points. After 2 more fights, I will be able to negotiate my contract. Hopefully, I will be in a good position when that happens.
KZ’s pay actually represents an increase in his fight pay. At UFC 140, he received only $5K/$5K but did win a $75K KO of the night bonus. In his last fight, he made $17K/$17K as he beat Dustin Poirer on May 15, 2012.
The one interesting note from KZ’s interview is that he said he let his girlfriend borrow $11,000 and jokingly said he “wasn’t nervous at all” in doing it. At least KZ has a sense of humor. He was very honest in the interview and the fact that KZ is getting outpaid by his opponent by at least $100,000 is eye-opening but not surprising. KZ was a replacement for Anthony Pettis. The last official reported payout for Anthony Pettis was at UFC 136 where he made $10K and $10K in October 2011. There were no official salaries released for his last two fights against Joe Lauzon (Feb. 2012) or Donald Cerrone (Jan. 2013). So, we may have seen the same discrepancy as well.