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Old 12-17-2006, 12:10 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Don't think that. Don't ever think that. The UFC is a business. Businesses go into business to make money. The reason that so many former UFC fighters complain about what they make from the company is because they see what a cash cow the fight business is. Sixty minutes said that the UFC does like 400,000 ppv buys per show. At 40 bucks a pop, thats like 16mil every show. The overhead for putting on a show like that is a generous 4 to 5 mil a production. Are you telling me that the UFC can't pay Vera more than 40k with the remaining 11 mil? Give me a break. The fighter payroll does good to break 400k.
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Old 12-17-2006, 12:33 AM   #22 (permalink)
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40k is not a lot of money when one should be the top of a HW class to a multi-million dollar fighting company. The PPVs alone net the UFC 20-30 million a pop. Paying guys 12-40K a fight is like Target paying $8 an hour and crappy health insurance to cashiers who a 40hr work week. The fight business is far too lucrative an industry for fans and fighters alike accept the crap wages the UFC has been infamous for paying guys to make the company millions.
right on the money!!! the sh!t is just not right...

UFC needs to step it up or the product will suffer over time
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Old 12-17-2006, 12:35 AM   #23 (permalink)
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what else is done with the rest of the money? how much do they pay for renting out arenas and venders? UFC is saving up money and doing something smart. fighters salaries will rise but whats wrong with saving money? its dana white's and zuffa's business. thats how they make a living. 40,000 is fair considering vera fights like every 4 months. 10,000 a month is plenty.
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Old 12-17-2006, 01:01 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Are you forgetting Wanderlei lost to Tito? I think Vera would beat him...If Vera would stick around he would have some serious step-up in competition in the HW Division, same reason I think Silva might not sign and retire with his belt in hand.
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Old 12-17-2006, 04:08 AM   #25 (permalink)
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what else is done with the rest of the money? how much do they pay for renting out arenas and venders? UFC is saving up money and doing something smart. fighters salaries will rise but whats wrong with saving money? its dana white's and zuffa's business. thats how they make a living. 40,000 is fair considering vera fights like every 4 months. 10,000 a month is plenty.

Its easy to forget that these men and women are professional atheletes. They do this particular sport as a job. 10k (about 40k annual) every three months is cool when one is a teacher, but when one makes money displaying his/her's atheletic talents this wage is not acceptable. That means athletic overhead should be considered by a particular multi-million dollar company when it decides what it will pay its employees. The fans of the UFC should not let the compnay forget that it has an obligation to its employees and thier families. Out of an estimated 16million with the production costs range (generously) from 4 to 5 million, that would leave an estimated 11-12million for either profit or reinvestment. When the UFC payroll barely cracks 200k on a given fight night, its outragoues that these guys don't get paid more.

Wenderlei Silva told a Brazilian magazine that he got 500k per fight. That is more than twice of what the average UFC entire payroll is. Is Wenderlei Silva that much more of an asset than Chuck Liddel? No, so it would be in the compnay's interest to either match or make the average UFC fight night check competive with the other productions. Its simple economics.
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YEa not only that but 40,000 is actually kind of generous for the UFC. There's a lot of good fighters making between 2,000-20,000 a fight. Rich Franklin only got about 22,000 for almost getting his head caved in. That's not including some ppv revenue but still...
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Franklin was the in coming champion and on the main event so a percentage of the PPV profits could have been a couple hundrad grand if not millions for him. It depends what percentage of the PPV sales he got.



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Franklin was the in coming champion and on the main event so a percentage of the PPV profits could have been a couple hundrad grand if not millions for him. It depends what percentage of the PPV sales he got.



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I wish we knew for sure, you'd think they would put that info on the net as well as not to make people question. For all we know he got .05% of the PPV sales.
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