Originally Posted by GMW
Yeah, this is where I'm mixed.
They aren't bringing in any money for the UFC but they are still filling up the card and despite not being as good as the top guys they generally spend as much time training. It seems like they should make at least enough money to live off, even if its hard too. Like 10k a fight.
But that's the point. None of us have any idea how much any given UFC fighter makes (except for Couture). Have you heard any stories of undercard fighters ending up on the street? I haven't.
Let's look at actors for a moment. If you eat at a restaurant in LA, odds are, you're not being waited on by a waiter, but by an actor, and these people even have a union. Some will succeed and become full-time actors; others will fail. The same is true for fighters. In the end, the desire to be an actor/fighter doesn't generate much revenue, so it doesn't pay much. One benefit fighters and athletes, in general, have over actors is sponsorship. Actors haven't had that luxury since the studio system was broken up.