The source is, like every major MMA news outlet. I didn't just pull 55k out of my ass.
When the next PPV comes out that has salaries (UFC 78 won't have them released by the NJ commission) you'll see. The min salaries have come up. Houston's debut was 4k/4k, and after his first fight he got a new contract.
You won't see the 2500 range anymore, if so they are guys on existing contracts. I would bet you that debut fighters are getting minimum 4K now, maybe 5K for their SALARY.
Anyways, the point of the thread is, now that it's been seriously sidetracked, bonuses have come up 550% since last year. 550%. I would imagine contracts have been stepped up, and in light of the recent fighter meeting they had last week or two ago, I would assume that the fighters aren't bitching about what they are getting paid.
Discussion should be about the big bonus increase... When I was referring to "where are the haters" I meant where are the people who will come in this thread and say so what new fighters make $1500 etc. etc. And they showed up right on cue.