If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much -
Mertvaya Ruka - Hendo contract was only after he finished out his old contract. It wasn't mid contract like Shields. I don't recall the UFC ever lowering someone's contract, mid contract before. They either cut them or let them finish out the deal and negotiate a lower price per fight on the next contract.
FadeToBlack - The UFC had to get rid of Jake Shields and that contract. They brought him in as some big deal and paid him as such, and he wasn't able to justify his contract. They should bring him back with better terms because he's one of the best fighters in the world. I don't give a shit that he's "boring", the guy can fight.
They could have re-negotiated his contract from 200k a fight to 100k or something, like they did to hendo.
is there a link for this?
It is absolutely in their contract, they can opt to lower a fighter's pay mid-contract if they wish. Hasn't happened so far thought.
I believe they cut Shields mid-contract no? What stopped them from re-negotiating instead?
You are arguing about technicalities, with the current pay scale, I find it reprehensible to lower guy's salary, be it for a new contract or mid-contract or whatever.