UFC fighters left angry by CM Punk's big payday

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This past weekend was quite monumental for the UFC as UFC 203 not only took place but could be one of their most lucrative events ever.

It marked the debut of former WWE Champion CM Punk in the octagon after just two years of training as an MMA fighter.

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Punk went on to lose his debut match after being forced to submit in the first round by Mickey Gall - a man in just his second UFC fight.


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It was an embarrassing way to start his UFC career but when the disclosed financial figures came out on Monday, he will certainly have been left smiling.

Punk took home $500,000 dollars from his disastrous debut and could see that rise with PPV sales now that the event has taken place.

The event could be set to bring in 600 - 750 thousand PPV sales making UFC 203 their biggest event ever if that proves to have been the case.

While it's 203rd event will go down in history and the future of CM Punk's fighting career is shrouded in mystery, one thing that is for certain is that the lucrative payday he received has angered several other fighters.

Several fighters including Rafael Dos Anjos took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the massive payout for the former wrestling star.

While everyone seemed unhappy with the amount that Punk has been paid for his debut, the general consensus seemed to be that the blame lies with UFC and not so much with Punk.

Arguably though, two fighters felt particularly hard done by as nine year veteran Sean O'Connell and 10 year veteran Manny Gamburyan voiced their outrage at the newcomer earning so much.

Gamburyan shared the sentiment claiming that "But really 500k I'm in D #UFC for 10 years and I'm not even malting anything close."

UFC have clearly angered fighters with their huge payout for Punk but the fans seem to have come in their flocks to witness it and the company should be set to earn a lot of money from the event.

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Dana White

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