Allow me to respond to the thread starter: UFC salaries are criticized heavily, but undeservedly so.
Yes there are some fighters who make $10,000 a fight but let's examine that figure a bit closer, shall we?
1. Only the absolute worst/newest fighters in the UFC get paid that amount. In other words, the majority of fighters get paid more than that and the best ones actually get paid A LOT of money.
2. For most people getting paid $10,000 a fight, they are still fighting on their starting contracts. This means that the UFC wants to see if you are the real deal and if you indeed are a good fighter then when your contract comes to a close, they will extend it and pay you well. Chael Sonnen is a good example of a guy still fighting on his starting contract, but once his contract is up you better believe he will be paid a lot of money.
3. The $10,000 figure you are pointing out doesnt include the fighter's total salary. Fighters make the bulk of their money through sponsors and endorsements. Also, various TV show appearences, interviews here and there, photo shoots, etc. add more and more money to your overall bankroll through time.
4. The UFC is a private owned corporation, meaning that they do not release full salary information to the public. In other words, if you put on a good fight Dana White has said that he gives fighters post-fight bonuses under the table on a regular basis. So, yes you might get $10,000 for the fight but if DW likes you he will throw an extra $30,000 your way behind closed doors.
5. As a fighter you are rewarded for performing well. This is why the UFC gives out bonuses for Fight of the Night, KO of the Night, and Sub of the Night. So even if you get paid $10,000 for a fight, you could end up with $70,000 if you get the KO bonus for instance.
At the end of the day, even if you are one of the worst fighters in the UFC and are still stuck on your rookie contract, you will make:
Fight salary $10,000
Under the table bonus $20,000
FOTN Bonus $60,000
Interviews/Misc income $10,000
This comes out to a total of $130,000 per fight. Which means that if you have four fights in a year thats still $520,000 per year which is an absurd amount of money and well above what most American households make.
Naturally, you're probably not going to win a fight bonus every time you fight and the above figures aren't without error, but the point is that UFC fighters get compensated well compared to average people and if you are a good fighter then you will CERTAINLY be paid very well.