MMA is just too green right now. I understand both sides. There is no other major sport where as a pro you are forced to work another job to be able to afford to compete in your sport. I mean what if guys in the NFL could only practice/lift weights/watch footage in the 4 hours each day they arent at work and then the other 50% of the league was doing it 8 hours a day. It's obvious who's going to have the edge. Like i said, i agree with both sides.
4 years of unpaid high school ball
4 years of unpaid college ball (scholarship may give free ride though).
Then if you get drafted you have to perform well enough in camps to make the starting team.
If not you're cut or hit the practice squad. I'd assume that linebackers on the practice field aren't making $500,000 a year.
Hell I remember a story about a guy who was selling used cars until the NY Jets called him back to fill a spot.
You may see all of the locked in starters for each position making a ton of money, but those guys are no different than the high paid fighters...they've earned their spot. Theres just a lot more teams, positions, and places to earn money in football than in fighting.
As I said in another thread,
An entry level fighter has the opportunity to go out there, win, collect his show money, his win money and score a bonus for a wild KO or slick Sub and take home more money than an average American will for the year.