The thing that really annoys me most about this conversation is these guys that get real adamant about it being some sort of injustice about what these dudes are getting paid. Like the rest of the middle class should rise as one not for their own wages and income inequality but for the wages of entertainers with extreme incentive based income.
This is all it is...it's an entertainment business, thus the sort of money you make is correlated to how well you entertain the masses.
My jobs have been based in production, the income inequality is a lot less easier to justify. I'm currently working in positions where my company is understaffed, if I just decided "welp **** this Im out in the middle of a work day"...they'd be extremely inconvenienced temporarily. When they are pulling something like 40k in a day based on the work that I'm doing vitrually singlehandedly, and I'm making not even a percent of that, with no way of increasing my own income based on performance...then you have something to complain about.
If John Cholish didn't show up for his fight no one would give a ****. They would just cancel the fight and continue on and no revenue or nothing of any value would be lost. The guys that matter, the guys that would shut the show down if they didn't show up, are the ones not complaining because they are making money.
My ONLY gripe about fighter pay EVER, is that, like almost every other sport, guys often outperform their contract, and/or generate more revenue than they are being paid. You see this with guys like Ian McCall headlining cards while making like 8/8. But according to McCall himself, he made significantly more money than reported, so who knows...really.