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Old 07-11-2013, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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After looking at career earnings UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt says he was 'cheated again

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The issue of the relatively low level of fighter pay has been getting more and more attention recently. Former Welterweight challenger Jon Fitch had a public back-and-forth with UFC president Dana White regarding his compensation while with the promotion. Then, Middleweight Tim Kennedy compared his salary as a mixed martial artist with that of an average garbage man. Kennedy softened his stance shortly thereafter, but the message was still sent.

Now, Heavyweight Mark Hunt weighs in on the issue. Monday night, he posted a link to MMA Manifesto's UFC Career Fighter Earningss on his Facebook account with the comment "really". Hunt followed up, saying:

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well i don't now bout where they got there figures from but it must be true lol

this is really crap man i need a pay rise (sic) how can some of these other gooons (sic) get more than me hahahahai been cheated again,why anyone would want to be a ufc fighter if this is how much we get paid.
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There are a few interesting points to Hunt's statements here. First, Manifesto has an odd way of collecting numbers. While some athletic commission report fighter earnings after each event, many others don't. So, Manifesto uses the last known numbers to report salaries for events under the authority of commissions (and the UFC) where earnings are not reported. Second, shortly after voicing complaints against the UFC following his signature win over Stefan Struve, Hunt said he was "now happy" with the promotion. Following his latest fight at UFC 160, it was revealed he picked up $160K, putting him amongst the highest paid fighters in the organization. Finally, Hunt seems to have tried to hide his thoughts behind sarcasm, though the sentiment seems clear.

As one of the higher paid competitors in the promotion, Hunt's thoughts should hold more weight than those of Fitch and other fighters that have been released. Even considering that Manifesto's numbers may not be 100% accurate, Hunt's statements reinforce the the idea the the UFC's payscale is lacking at best. While Dana White may try to dismiss the complaints and misdirect attention, when the suspected percentage of UFC revenue to fighter pay is less than 10%, this issue will remain a hot topic of criticism.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't see how you can write an article based on something like that when it isn't clear what is and isn't sarcasm or whether he really has much of a gripe.

They should probably contact him and ask him to clarify before putting something like this out. You know like someone with integrity and an interest in reporting the truth would do. It is pretty disgusting how the media has turned into a bunch of guys sifting through twitter and facebook.
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Pretty much, it is a reach to make this a talking point.
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Dana can't use his "if you want to earn be entertaining" with this guy.
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Dana can't use his "if you want to earn be entertaining" with this guy.
No, but he can fall back on the Roy Nelson "If this guy would lose some weight and show up in shape" argument.

But seriously, there is no context here, to write anything based off of it is ridiculous.
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You're never going to get me to feel sorry for any of these guys. They're living the dream that so many would give just about anything to do. No one is holding a gun to their heads they could just as easily work for someone like my wife does for $10 an hour, driving almost a 100 miles a day to get to her home healthcare clients with gas almost $4 a gallon and none of it reimbursable. Yes Dana and the Fertita's are making an ass load of money, but that's the perks of being the boss. Also, look at the money and hard work they put into the UFC when it was hemorrhaging $. If you don't like the UFC pay schedule for it's less than top tier fighters, then go to Afflication or Pride, oops they no longer exist.
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Meh..I'm kinda over the whole fighter compensation thing. I kinda see how their payscale works. It starts low, and raises or stays the same based on how popular you become or how successful a fighter you become. With this structure you can end up a millionaire, or end up needing to work 2 jobs.

Honestly that is pretty straightforward. The UFC has a lot of fighters and only a small amount of them are considered top dogs. If every Tim Kennedy got 6 figures for just showing up, or if every Mark Hunt gets 7 figures for becoming a contender, the UFC would start losing a lot of money pretty fast.

I can't back this up in anyway. Im not an expert lol. This is just the logic that I have come up with. And I'm sure there are other valid opinions that differ from this one.
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You're never going to get me to feel sorry for any of these guys. They're living the dream that so many would give just about anything to do. No one is holding a gun to their heads they could just as easily work for someone like my wife does for $10 an hour, driving almost a 100 miles a day to get to her home healthcare clients with gas almost $4 a gallon and none of it reimbursable. Yes Dana and the Fertita's are making an ass load of money, but that's the perks of being the boss. Also, look at the money and hard work they put into the UFC when it was hemorrhaging $. If you don't like the UFC pay schedule for it's less than top tier fighters, then go to Afflication or Pride, oops they no longer exist.
Agree plus UFC is a young sports company boxers dont make jack shit unless there really popular famous and there are not many of them. UFC is doing good I think and it will only get better as more time goes by they will make more and more money. They need to draw though not point fight or gas in the first. And no human blanketing. Im not saying I dont like ground fighting I really do but some fighters just lay in gaurd and dont try to pass or sub or finish, thats annoying. Grappling like Mai or paulharris can be just as exciting as a stand up war but not when you get a wrestler just laying on somone not finishing that is super boring or just pushing someone against a cage. The fighters who are exciting get paid end of story and thats the way it should be.
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