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Aljamain Sterling explains why he hasn’t signed contract for UFC 279: ‘There has been no escalator in this fight’

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Aljamain Sterling wants more money to fight TJ Dillashaw at UFC 279.

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The UFC bantamweight champion has put the brakes on a title fight with the former champion less than 24 hours after multiple media outlets reported that he was targeted for a September 10 pay-per-view promotion.

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“There is no fight until the ink is on the paper and at the moment my contract is exactly the same,” Sterling said on his official YouTube channel.

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In a previous video, Sterling revealed that his base salary is $400,000 for a UFC 273 rematch against Petr Yan, which he won by split decision. UFC champions also routinely profit from numbered pay-per-view events, the grand total of which is unavailable for several months.

Sterling indicated that he needed an “escalator” similar to non-champion contracts that increase fighters’ fees by several thousand dollars for each win.

In his case, Sterling believes it’s a fair trade-off for the work he did promoting UFC 273, a fight in which he was widely featured as a heel for a title win via disqualification at UFC 259.

“There was no escalator in this fight,” Sterling said. “I would like to think that I played my part, did the right thing and even allowed myself to be the bad guy in the last game with Petr Yan and helped play out the storyline.

“So you might think that working for the company will really help you in the long run. So I did my job – at the moment I’m training, hoping that we will come to some kind of agreement to give some kind of increase in salary, which naturally happens in all contracts.

Sterling said that neither he nor his management have received official confirmation of the Dillashaw fight or its location. He wants the UFC to have a get-together to solve his problems.

“As for me, I want to make sure we get the deal right before we just jump into another battle because at the end of the day I have risen through the ranks, I have worked my hardest and I have played my position from the point vision to help promote fights, which a lot of these guys don’t even do,” he said. “I am here to be an employee of the company, and at the same time I want to look after my own interests. There is a fine line where there is a balance where both can happen.”

So whatever has been reported so far, Sterling said, until he faces the UFC, “there won’t be a fight. I don’t defend myself from anyone. Until then, I’m on vacation, but I’m training to come back.”

While revealing his salary, Sterling gave an impassioned rebuttal to former title challenger Michael Chandler on the issue of fighter pay, arguing that fighters deserve most of the income for the work they put in to win the title.

Watch the full video above.



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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