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Old 10-03-2009, 03:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Great article, Matt.

The notion that fighters are making their money on "one night" is rather ridiculous, however. This does not take into account the 6-8 weeks of training prior to the bout, nor obviously, a lifetime of training in the martial arts.

Second, their actual income is their sponsorship money, purse, plus any PPV revenue (extremely unlikely except for a a few superstars) minus training expenses. In the case of a mid level contender such as those mentioned, they're making about as much as a retail store manager, perhaps a regional manager.

Except for a handful of top tier guys: Lesnar, GSP, Liddell in '07, most guys are doing this because they love to fight.
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