And just to clarify, Daniel Roberts is just an average Joe Schmo at the moment. But he walked away with his win bonus, likely around 10-15k from sponsor money, and a 70k check for sub of the night bonus.
So anywhere up from 95-100k he made, as a prelim fighter.
That's more than my household income with two workers, full time working in food processing for a year. In one night, hell, even WITH taxes.
Assuming he fights 4 times a year, he can control a significant amount of money he makes by winning fights. It is pretty much the epitome of the American Dream.
Gerald Harris is a guy like that. He makes a mediocre 10k to show but walked away with, 60k in salary for 3 fights this year for winning them all, and an assumed 30-45k in sponsor money, then of course, his 130-140k for two KOTN awards.
Plus theres no telling how much off the books money he got for say, making ESPN's top 10, and drawing a shitload of publicity.
So yeah, if making 250k before taxes per year while being a middle-tier employee is being underpaid, then sign me the hell up.