The undisclosed bonus system served the UFC well for several years, however, it is becoming clear that the company has outgrown it. It's time to let the sunlight in--transparency is the answer. As long as the company's pay scale is secret, paranoia and distrust will be the order of the day, ever increasing as the sport, the money, and the egos involved continue to grow.
If the UFC wants to be accepted by the professional sports establishment it has to play by the same rules. Just like the UFC, the privately owned franchises of the NFL and MLB closely guard much of their financial information, with one key exception: player salaries. This fact undoubtedly has a lot to do with the player's unions which is a fact that in and of itself should encourage the UFC to act voluntarily. At the end of the day this can happen the easy way, or the hard way: at the hands of organized labor. A labor dispute is something that the sport can ill afford as it stands on the threshold of mainstream acceptance.
Dana White's leadership of the UFC, and the sport of MMA by default, has been nothing short of brilliant for the entirety of his tenure at Zuffa. But now he faces a new challenge, one that could realistically threaten all the progress he's worked so hard for. How he responds may indeed determine the future of the mixed martial-arts. Let the light shine.
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