Charles Radtke made it abundantly clear during his post-fight media scrum at UFC Vegas 85 that he wasn’t particularly eager to engage with reporters. Instead, his attention was fixated on acquiring a slice of pizza, a sentiment many can empathize with.
What stirred conversation, however, was Radtke’s bold proposition to be compensated for interviews. He highlighted the financial challenges within the MMA industry, emphasizing that fighters often struggle with inadequate pay while reporters enjoy free access to interview them. The noteworthy exchange transpired between Radtke and a reporter, as reported by MMAFighting.com.
Following Radtke’s impressive knockout, a reporter at the UFC APEX inquired, “With a knockout like that, you know people are going to be talking, wanting to see more of you. How soon do we get you back in that cage? Is there anybody that you would want to match up with?”
Radtke, with a touch of humor and conviction, responded, “How much money you got? That’s what it is. You guys get these interviews for free. I need to get paid. Let’s go.”
The unconventional suggestion hung in the air, met with a momentary silence, allowing Radtke to proceed and satisfy his pizza craving. Whether the media members present genuinely lacked additional questions for Charles Radtke or if his request for compensation led to a chilly reception remains uncertain.