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Old 01-02-2007, 08:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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There big boys. There hoping someday they can make the big bucks like Chuck,Tito,Hughes..etc..

Facts of Life are the headliners are what sells PPV Events.
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I find it funny that Chuck Liddell gets paid $250,000 every fight! I mean Matt Hughes got paid $130,000 when he beat BJ Penn and I think it was paid 80,000 when he fought George St. Pierre. Matt Hughes is just as dominant as Liddell yet he only gets paid half the money Chuck does sometimes! That's kind of weak!
Bottom line is that Chuck sells PPVs.
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Man Arlovski got paid for an undercard fight. I think Sylvia got only 150K for his last fight and he's the Champ.
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Old 01-02-2007, 09:37 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I've been an mma fan for a long time but never paid attention to fighter salaries til recently.

Can someone answer this..?..

The base payouts that get listed are only whats guaranteed to the fighter right? Do some or all of the fighters receive a % of the gate and pay per views? I heard Hughes made in the millions for the Gracie fight if you include his ppv % and bonuses?
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Old 01-02-2007, 09:40 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I know for UFC 66 both Chuck and Tito got a % percentage of the gate/PPV buys. What I'd like to know is exactly what percentage they got, and how much it ended up being.
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:11 PM   #16 (permalink)
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People keep whining about the pay base for MMA and using boxing as an example... nobody is bothering to look and see that those no-name guys, under card fights (unless it's like a co-headliner) don't make much more than the UFC undercard guys.

Here's a link (which I've read before on this topic) which gives you the numbers for a comparable fight card in boxing and MMA from 2005/06

UFC puts boxing on ropes except in fighters' salaries - Boxing Scene Forums

The article talks about how much more the fighters in boxing get... but if you add the two main event salaries together, and subtract them from the total fight card purse, the under card paid out about the same amount of money.

The Morales-Pacquiao fight had a total card purse of 4.66 million and paid 4.5 million to Morales and Pacquiao.

The Liddell-Couture fight used in comparison had a total card purse of $656,000 with $475,000 going to Chuck and Randy.

So the only thing people can complain about really, is that the big names aren't getting the money they should. Not that the little guys aren't getting squat compared to the main event guys.

There's a reason the low-level guys get paid low amounts... it's thinning the herd. If you're willing to get punched in the head over and over again for $2,500 than you show your stuff.

If you win you move on to more money.

Just like boxing.

If you lose, you either keep making that 2G's for getting slapped around or you quit.
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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chuck is the face of the ufc
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:18 PM   #18 (permalink)
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They don't have to accept a fight for that pay.
They can go back to being teachers, farmers, whatever they want to be.

If I was good enough, I would give up my 40k job for the chance to train for free, get chicks hanging off me, hang out with people with real money, and fight 4 bouts to try and make the same 40k. Unfortunately, I'm not. But, the UFC has a whole bunch of people that are good enough, and who are also willing to fight for what you consider low pay.

It would not matter if the UFC was making billions, they would still only pay what they would have too. Until they get a crop of elite fighters and/or a truely strong rival organization to bid up salaries, they will stay as low as people are willing to accept to fight.
People get paid what they are worth. If you don't like what people are making, blame the fighter not the UFC.
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:38 PM   #19 (permalink)
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They don't have to accept a fight for that pay.
They can go back to being teachers, farmers, whatever they want to be.

If I was good enough, I would give up my 40k job for the chance to train for free, get chicks hanging off me, hang out with people with real money, and fight 4 bouts to try and make the same 40k. Unfortunately, I'm not. But, the UFC has a whole bunch of people that are good enough, and who are also willing to fight for what you consider low pay.

It would not matter if the UFC was making billions, they would still only pay what they would have too. Until they get a crop of elite fighters and/or a truely strong rival organization to bid up salaries, they will stay as low as people are willing to accept to fight.
People get paid what they are worth. If you don't like what people are making, blame the fighter not the UFC.
Wow, you think it's that simple and easy huh? You are living in a bubble my friend...that not the way the world works and alot of these lower card fighters do have teaching or farming jobs to pay the rent and training is never free, never!!!
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:46 PM   #20 (permalink)
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..that not the way the world works
Yes it is. McDonalds does not pay people more than they will accept just to be nice. If there are 100 people applying and one qualified applicant will work for min. wage, they are not going to pay someone else with the same credentials $10/hr out of the kindness of their hearts. They pay the lowest they can to get the people they feel they need for the positions that they have open.

It is all supply and demand. Right now there are more fighters willing to fight at the low end of the scale than fighters refusing to fight. Therefore the scale stays lower.
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