They have a list of approved sponsors they can go to. Again they own the broadcast and the event they are sharing their advertisement money with the fighters in order to help them out. They could not let them get that money and cover them in advertisers that only pay the UFC if they wanted to.
If you want numbers look them up yourself. Try getting information on preunion minor league baseball salary compared to its major league counterpart because that would be the equivalent to what we are talking about. Or just pre 90s since players weren't making shit in prosports until the late 80s for the most part. What allows them to even pay what they do to athletes now are massive national tv contracts combined with local tv contracts for every team. The UFC doesn't have anything close to that kind of stable revenue stream. Hell go look up boxing pay for guys who get on tv but aren't names it is totally random and 4-10k isn't unheard of and that is before their thieving managers take 35%.
Just cause they could does not mean ANYTHING.
They could pay them 200 bucks or 50k. Your right they could not allow people to put sponsors on their shorts. That does not mean that them allowing it is some kind of awesome nice thing for them to do. They get paid from the sponsors just as the fighters do.
You realize the reason they become unionized is because the people realize that the company itself is not paying them what they should. Its because people disagreed with what was going on.
And thats your reasoning for why you dont think the pay should be changed??? Basically "It could be worse so be happy and shut up"???
Come on now...
Things can always be worse. That does not make the current state good.
I know boxing pays their bottom feeders basically nothing. But if you want to go that route then compare the payout for a boxing fight card and a UFC fight card. Sure the boxing lower tier guys make less but the total pay out is still alot higher. No one is asking about giving everyone 100k per fight. But 12k to show 12k to win would be a huge upgrade and certainly not dry the UFC out.