Originally Posted by flourhead
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.