UFC Fighter Wages: Maybe We Are The Problem
I know I'm going to be blasted for this thread but WTF it needs to be said.
From what I've read on this forum and elsewhere an overwhelming majority of people believe that UFC fighters need to be paid more. It has been my contention for a long time that any UFC fighter that is in #1 contender status should be paid a minimum of $100,000 for a title shot. Also, I believe that the minimum fight purse, win or loose, for any fighter appearing on a ppv event should be $15,000. So, why does the UFC have such weak and imbalanced pay-outs? Some might say that the UFC and Zuffa are not managed properly or that they are just plain greedy. I disagree, I think they are not only well managed but Dana White would very much like to pay his fighters more.
A thousand people can find a thousand reasons why this situation is going on.
I believe one reason is that there is major and widespread copyright infringement which siphons many millions of dollars away from the UFC. An obvious example is the posting of UFC fights on YouTube, Google video, and many other web locations. Think about it, if a person knows that a recent UFC event will be posted for anyone to see, free of charge, they might say 'the hell with paying $40 for the ppv or $20 for the DVD, I can get it free on the web'. Granted, the production value is greatly reduced.
I've gotten caught up in this myself. I've watched several fights online, and even attempted to upload fights myself. Fortunately I came to my senses. It should also be made clear that there is a difference between a fight video and a highlight clip.
As I said in the beginning, I know I'm going to be blasted for this. Fine, but the next time someone starts a thread about how ill-paid UFC fighters are and how embarrassed Dana White should be, think about what you or thousands of others are doing that directly affect the wages of hard-working fighters who perform for you.
Let the blasting begin.
Last edited by f-dog; 12-05-2006 at 08:45 PM.