Originally Posted by ClydebankBlitz
Yeah but 1k Vs 20k, and the fact that I'm not a trained fighter who has a chance of winning...it all adds up. Fighting is different from other sports. These people are "fighters". Part of being a fighter is stepping up to all challengers. Fighting was never about money. Sure they needed the pay check but these gguys could earn more completing a business degree and getting a bank job etc. They fight because they are fighters and they enjoy it. When people says that they dont get enough, tell that to Royce Gracie or Ken Shamrock who were fighting for nothing at the start. Royce stepped up because he was a fighter. He didn't have lots of money and didn't have much to gain by winning. He was a trained athlete who wanted to prove himself by taking on all challengers, big or small. It's those funamentals that MMA is based on, so when everyone says "UFC is screwing them out of money" that shouldnt be the issue.
Also, they get LOADS of post fight bonus money. Like, insane amounts. I imagine that the majority of the UFC profits are going towards increasing the venue size and trying to continue expanding the sport to the further mainstream.
It's also unfair to compair the paychecks of Mayweather to UFC, because Mayweather completley smashes UFC in PPV buy rates. UFC has only ever beat Mayweather's second highest buy rates once, so putting the two together is irrelevent for whoever did.
The thing is, MMA is now gearing towards being a "sport". You can argue all day long about how MMA should be about the spirit of fighting, not money. However, do most MMA fighters in this era agree with that? No. Sure, they have a passion for fighting, but fighting for a low sum of money is not a viable career.
If the average UFC fighter earns 100k per year, taking away taxes and training camp fees, they would probably have a net disposable income of 20k~40k annually ( assuming that each training camp costs about 20k, as what Lauzon said ). That is barring injuries or fights getting cancelled. Which elite athlete would consider MMA as a career then? They would earn much more competing in other sports, or as you said, completing a business degree and getting a bank job.
The low sum of money paid would deter many athletes from even considering a career in MMA. Yes, these people most probably do not fight because they love fighting. However, MMA would be reduced to a sport with a few special fighters and a large number of people who fight as a hobby or as a second job. UFC needs to start paying out higher wages to attract elite athletes, and that would be the route to MMA being a major sport globally.
I'm sure most sports wasn't all about money in the beginning. Did people play soccer for the money back in the days? Obviously not. Yet, look at what soccer has become. A worldwide sport with top-notch athletes plying their trade in the various soccer leagues around the world. Why is that so? Lets take an example. I'm sure Cristiano Ronaldo loves soccer, having played from young. But hell, he earns 350k USD per WEEK. The money involved is a huge incentive for people to take the sport they love as a career, and not just a hobby.
For MMA to progress, there is only one way up. Start paying fighters more money to attract better talent.