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FunkDoctor 09-01-2006 11:46 AM

Dana defends his sad pay structure
The following is from the SLAM! Sports website out of Canada:

UFC president defends pay structure


(CP) - The president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship defended his organization's pay structure Tuesday, saying his fighters were happy with their piece of the mixed martial arts pie.

"Believe me when I tell you, brother, people aren't leaving me," Dana White said in an interview Tuesday. While declining to detail UFC's finances, he said his athletes were happy with their take. "We're a private company and our fighters make a lot of money, a lot of money," he added.

UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral card drew 10,419 to the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, for a paid gate of $3,040,880 US.

The UFC made millions more off its pay per view, which cost $39.99 Cdn in Canada.

According to information provided Monday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the UFC paid the 18 fighters on the card a total of $407,000 US - with $250,000 of that going to light-heavyweight champion Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell for stopping Brazil's Renato (Babalu) Sobral in 95 seconds in the main event. Sobral earned $21,000.

White rejected figures from, which follows the sport, that pay-per-view sales for UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie generated at least $23.97 million.

He declined to say what UFC's pay-per-view numbers are.

The Las Vegas Review Journal, however, has reported UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta saying that UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell II in April 2005 did 320,000 pay per views, which would translate into more than $11 million US.

Asked about the UFC's profits from such pay-per-views, White said: "Everybody's happy."

"None of us are arguing, none of us are *****ing and none of us are fighting. We get along with all of our fighters very well. They feel like they're part of a very happy family. Let me tell you what, I can sleep at night. I'm not in this for the money and I never was.

"We're a real business. We've got this thing rolling and we're thrilled, thrilled that these guys are able to make what they're making."

White cited middleweight champion Rich Franklin, a native of Cincinnati whose UFC deal calls for a basic fee of $18,000 per fight with another $18,000 for each win.

"Him and his wife just bought 15 acres of land and a big fat house that they just moved into," White said.

White also denied being responsible for having the head of the rival World Fighting Alliance ejected from the Mandalay Bay at UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. Jeremy Lappen was asked to leave by Mandalay Bay officials, White said, because he had people distributing flyers in the casino for a WFA event.

The UFC president said he "embraced" competition from rival organizations.

"These guys create the talent that's going to end up in my show some day. I've got no problem with these guys."

"I've made more millionaires in this business than anybody else has," White added.

But he said his fighters don't like their paydays being revealed.

"Because when people know what you make, it causes a lot of problems in your life."

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GI Hell 09-01-2006 01:07 PM

Well, it's better than when if you lost you got nothing, but 21,000 for Babalu harldy would cover his 10-15% for his manager and agent, hotel rooms for his team, training facility rent, airfare, etc. But most of the champs get a take from the PPV, so they're ok, but the rest... dont get into this for the money, guys.

Corpse 09-01-2006 01:38 PM

That money figure actually surprises me a bit. I thought these guys made more money then that. I guess this would explain why some guys take as many fights as they can. I guess with there money from fights and then what they make off of appearances and and marketing they make good cash. I wouldn't be surprised if what they make of promoting the products they do they make more then what they do for a fight.

Spit206Fire 09-01-2006 02:00 PM

I have a hard time believing sobral only got 20k lol

every other main even PPV has atleast got 90k in the last few ppv's.

but hey its up to the fighter where they want to fight at.

if they don't feel like they are makeing enough money theres a TON of other companies like PRIDE, WEC, WFA. I saw how much Royce Gracie made for fighting Matt Hughes a while back and it was like DOUBLE of what Hughes made even though Gracie lost.

lll000000lll 09-01-2006 02:15 PM

until the fighters go on strike who the F*ck cares....

FunkDoctor 09-01-2006 02:44 PM

Franklin and Hughes need to threaten to go to Pride or WFA. Believe me either of 2 will be willing to pay more then 36K for a guy like Rich.

The champs are the only ones who will be able to change this BS...

pt447 09-01-2006 03:09 PM

I can't imagine that the fighters in the UFC are complaining, i mean they're getting paid more in the UFC then they would anywhere else in the world besides in PRIDE.

FunkDoctor 09-01-2006 03:21 PM


Originally Posted by pt447
I can't imagine that the fighters in the UFC are complaining, i mean they're getting paid more in the UFC then they would anywhere else in the world besides in PRIDE.

Not true.

I assure you that Rich Franklin and Matt Hughes are far more familiar names then Quinton Jackson in the US yet Page made $150K in his last fight in the WFA.

gduff2 09-01-2006 03:24 PM

The champs get plenty. What about the lesser names in the sport like Sam Stout or somthing.

FunkDoctor 09-01-2006 03:25 PM


Originally Posted by MMA freak
Hughes made $200,000 in his last fight at UFC 60 as Royce Gracie made $400,000. And the lesser unknown rising talent get about $5000. I dislike the way Dana promotes things, such greedy fighters in the UFC. The only greedy fighter in PRIDE FC is Crocop. Why can't the UFC be the same?

Being that UFC pulls $3mill in live gate (ticket sales) alone per event, and Royce made an estimated 1.4 mill not 400K, I'd say they got money to go around.

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