Mendes has revealed he made more money for his first BKFC win over Joshua Alvarez on their Knucklemania 2 card than he did in his previous bout with McGregor in 2015.
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Chad Mendes has revealed he made more for his bare-knuckle boxing debut than he did for his UFC clash Conor McGregor.
Retired American star from UFC in 2018 after being defeated by Alexander Volkanovski, and previously fought McGregor in 2015 for the interim featherweight title.
However, he retired with his bare-knuckle boxing debut last weekend, beating Joshua Alvarez in the fourth round.
Mendes has revealed he earned a career high salary day for his BKFC debut against Alvarez, but admits he still feels at 36 “the peak”.
“Yes, that is true, including Conor,” Mendes said to Time MMA when asked about making more money on his BKFC debut than he did against McGregor. “Close to that but more true.”
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“Yes, I mean of course I think looking back now but that’s just where the sport was born. When I signed that contract, it was a good deal. It’s not great but it’s very good.
“It’s been a bit outdated since then and I still have three games left but that’s just the position of the sport at the time. When I retired, I didn’t leave because I didn’t think I could play. with the best.
“I know I can still do it, I feel like I’m still at my peak. At that point, what I got didn’t make any sense. So I gave it up but I still haven’t lost that. I drive to compete all. I still love doing it.”
Mendes claims his recent bare-knuckle boxing debut is the “most fun” he’s had in combat sports in a long time and is delighted with his performance.
He also reiterated his desire to continue fighting and is open to a return to the UFC if he is given a more substantial financial package.
Mendes and McGregor are said to have earned around $500,000 each for their roles in the interim title clash.
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Boxer salaries continue to be an issue in UFC with heavyweight stars Francis Ngannou consecutive protagonists with promotion than financial rewards are at stake.
YouTube star Jake Paul also ignited a feud with company president Dana White as he sought a raise along with growing attention to warrior health care.
Mendes contributed to McGregor’s incredible rise to double champion when he suffered a devastating second-round loss to the Irishman at UFC 189.
McGregor then defeated Jose Aldo after the competition was rescheduled to become the featherweight champion before becoming the doubles champion with a win over Eddie Alvarez.
However, the Irishman has faced a slump having won only one of his last four matches, with consecutive losses. Dustin Poirier last year threatened to tarnish his UFC legacy.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/mma/conor-mcgregor-mendes-bkfc-ufc-26320880 Chad Mendes made more money on his bare-knuckle boxing debut than he did against Conor McGregor