For all your MMA Economists out there, take a look at these training costs before you try to analyze fighter pay and salary. Fighters that fight for $10000, but train out of elite camps sometimes end up in the red. I don't remember who it was(pretty sure one of the guys of TUF, perhaps Koscheck or Leben) saying that they actually nearly lost money fighting in the UFC.
You seem to forget the to add the in the sponsorship money, PPV%, locker room bonuses, FOTN, SOTN, KOTN bonuses, etc. etc. You are just talking about the PURSE money....
"When I hear athletes call themselves warriors, it does bother me a little bit. When I think of a warrior, I think of the Marines I've led in combat, those Marines that sacrificed so much...no showers, little food, no contact with their family, all for their love for their brother Marine and for their love for their country. That's a warrior, willing to lay his life on the line. I've had Marines that have laid their lives on the line for the man next to him, and for their family and country. That's a warrior. The guy who goes into some athletic contest who has no war experience, in my eyes, really has no right to call himself that. That's a coveted thing to call someone, and that's what I call my Marines. Those are warriors." - Brian Stann