". We're paid like entertainers when we should be paid like athletes. They want us hungry. They want us to be poor … so they have more control over us.
I don't know what is more ridiculous the first line or the following two.
Professional fighting, like any sport, IS entertainment. I don't where this guy is coming from. Athletes are entertainers that is why people spend their money to watch, they are seeking entertainment.
The bit about keeping fighters poor and hungry is just silly. A few years ago on this board there seemed to be a 'fighters don't get paid enough' thread every few weeks. The UFC has gone out of its way to protect fighters and pay them well.
In the article the fighter says he's a mid tier fighter, so what is he you doing to get to a higher level? Yes it cost money to higher trainers, gym costs etc, but that can't be put on the UFC. They promote fighters who can then get sponsorship. I just don't get where this fighter is coming from. Work your way up the card, work towards bonuses, work towards sponsorship. No one, including the UFC, is holding this guy back.
Another misleading statement from the article:
"As a result of Zuffa's contractual restraints, athletes who compete in the UFC are denied the freedom of movement available to athletes in other professional sports"
Show me any other major, or even miner league sport, or entertainment entity that does not hamper contracted individuals freedom of movement? Companies/leagues don't put money into promotion just to have that individual walk to someone else.
The anti trust arguments are interesting I'll say that, but unless it can be proved that the UFC is somehow hampering new entrants to put on shows it will go no where. Putting on a better show in no way stops other potential companies/leagues from also trying to put on a better show.