Michael Mcdonald got himself released from the UFC and is now ready for his debut at Bellator…he recently spoke out about the UFC’s bonus system.
“With the UFC’s bonus system and how it’s structured, if you win and you get a bonus you’re doing good, you’re comfortable in life. If you don’t win it, you’re starving,” he told MMA Fighting. “A lot of the guys in the UFC are at that place and it’s not a very good place to be.”
“In the UFC, they used to use the bonuses against you, they used them like a gun to your head,” he explained.
“They would say, ‘We don’t want to raise your contract because you’re last fight was this or that’ or, ‘all you have to do is win some bonuses, if you win some bonuses you’ll be fine.’
“It was used more like a weapon than a reward, and I’m honestly glad that I don’t have to deal with that anymore.”
“For the longest time I would tell myself that the money didn’t matter and I was only in this sport because I love it. Eventually that wears off once you have bills and a family and other responsibilities.”
“Maybe it was all about the love of the game back then, but I had to make the decision that this is going to be my job.”