Undefeated UFC welterweight Sean Brady trains alongside Eddie Alvarez in Philadelphia, so when the ex-lightweight champ’s name pops up in the news, he pays attention.
Alvarez, who in 2018 decamped to ONE Championship, recently made headlines with an unflattering story about former UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and his thoughts on fighter pay. He called attention to an upsurge in complaints from major UFC stars and wished “fighters understood how valuable they are.”
For Brady, a guy trying to climb the rungs of the UFC’s 170-pound ladder, that answer is found in the results he gets in the cage.
“I’ve only had two fights in the UFC, but I’m happy,” said Brady, who on Aug. 29 meets Christian Aguilera, in an interview with MMA Fighting. “They’ve been treating me well.”
Brady expects to move up significantly in the division if he can put away Aguilera, who burst onto the UFC scene this past Saturday with a 59-second stoppage of fellow newcomer Anthony Ivy.
The 27-year-old Brady said he expected a bigger-name opponent after his second octagon win, a decision over Ismail Naurdiev in February. But he’ll take the fight with the hope of getting a finish and a top-15 opponent afterward.
“He likes to come forward and he tries to throw super hard and catch you,” Brady said. “I know he’s going to be throwing a lot of heat. He doesn’t seem too versatile with his attacks; it kind of just seems like it’s just his hands. I’ve haven’t really seen many takedowns.
“I’ve really just got to worry about his hands. Obviously, he hits hard, but I think I have more tools. On my feet, I can hit just as hard, too.”
Brady hasn’t spoken to Alvarez since his comments went viral. Since the pandemic shut down gyms around the country, he’s been training in his garage like so many other UFC fighters.
Brady respects his teammate’s stance. But right now, he’s trying to make his own mark.
“Obviously, if everyone can make a million dollars, that would be great,” he said. “But the world doesn’t work like that, so I’m happy where I’m at, and I’m happy to climb the ladder and keep winning fights. The more fights I win, the more money I’ll make, so I’m cool with that.”