Trey Ogden is adamant about receiving his full fight purse from UFC Vegas 82.
Despite a commanding performance against Nikolas Motta, where Ogden applied a deep arm-triangle late in the third round, the outcome took an unexpected turn. Referee Mike Beltran paused Motta twice before abruptly intervening, leading to immediate protests from the Brazilian. Despite Ogden appearing poised for victory, a post-fight review resulted in the contest being declared a no contest.
Consequently, both fighters are now only entitled to their show money, a decision that sparked frustration, especially considering Ogden’s apparent dominance, with two judges scoring the first two rounds in his favor.
During his post-fight interview and subsequent media discussions, the Missouri native expressed his disappointment and reiterated his plea for the full purse. Ogden maintained his professionalism in the face of adversity, emphasizing the sacrifices made by him and his family for the sport.
Trey Ogden Battle for Win Bonus
“I’m just trying to keep my composure and be a professional. Life happens… I’m no stranger to adversity… But this one hurts,” Ogden said. “Records are records, numbers are numbers. But I really hope I get my win purse because I deserve it. I won all three rounds, and with two minutes left in the fight, I’m in mount and in an arm triangle, and the referee went on to stop the fight.
“Even if the arm triangle didn’t submit him, I was in the mount. I would have stayed in mount till the end of the fight and I would have won the fight and got paid. There is a tremendous amount of sacrifice that goes into this game and in this sport for me and my family… and financial sacrifice… I did nothing wrong. I did my job, I fought as hard as I could. It was an exciting fight; it was a tough fight, and I won.”
With a UFC record of 1-2 and one no-contest, Ogden remains resilient despite the setback, having previously faced a unanimous decision loss to Iganacio Bahamondes at UFC 287 on April 8.
Trey Ogden’s fight last night has left a bitter taste, amplifying the challenges fighters often face beyond the confines of the octagon.
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