When Strikeforce was purchased by Zuffa, the inaugural UFC welterweight champion Pat Miletich was concerned as it left no competition.
“It bothered me because more than anything else, [the thing that helps] the growth of the sport and the development is athletes having the ability to truly have organizations bid on their talent and make more money for themselves,” said Miletich on The MMA Hour.
With Strikeforce out of the picture, Bellator is the second largest MMA promotion in North America followed by the World Series of Fighting. They’re the only two promotions which air cards on major TV channels.
UFC fighters being unhappy with their pay shouldn’t be a major shock. Former and current fighters often take issue with the size of their paychecks after paying their camp.
As for Miletich, he retired in 2008 at 27-9-2. He ended his career in the IFL with a knockout of Thomas Denny.