looking at what the UFC makes for PPV and copy rights, it makes me think they have to pay fighters more
First of all, we have NO clue what the UFC makes on a PPV.
Secondly we have NO clue how much any given fighter gets paid per fight!
1. While we do know how much the UFC charges per PPV (roughly $50.00 depending on HD/SD options and location) and we get a rough estimate of how many PPV's are sold, that does not tell us how much they made off the ppv!
For EVERY PPV purchased I would estimate (and this is an educated guess based on working in TV for 15 years now) that the UFC gets about $.50 on every dollar. So they probably gross around $25.00 per buy. The PPV distributor, cable/sat companies and a few others get thier hands on about 50% of the PPV money before the UFC sees a penny.
Then after that the UFC has to pay any fighter that got a cut of the PPV based on total number of PPVs sold.
Then the UFC has its money that it has to use to pay for producing the event, promoting the event, telecasting the event and paying all fighters and all employees and all other overhead!
So sure, the UFC is most likely making a profit, but to say they make a ton and need pay more when we dont know what they make is just illogical!
2. We have no clue what any given fighter makes (with the exception of 1 fighter now, and 1 in the past). We have learned that AO got paid $1,000,000.00 (spread out over 3 fights) signing bonus, $2.00 per PPV after 250,000 PPV's and his show and win money.
For his last fight he made aprox. $1.8million in his first UFC fight. Only $385k of that was his disclosed purse amount. So only about 28% of his income was disclosed.
So does this mean every fighter gets paid 75% of their income in a non-publicly disclosed manner? No, not at all, but many do, some I would assume the percentage is even greater! But it does prove, we dont have a clue what the fighters make!
I just cant get one thing , if this is such a popular sports as we think, how come a promoter do not get some of the best fighters and make a show which will be sold out and fighters will get the money they deserve...
Other promoters have tried. Affliction started an MMA promotion and paid fighters quite a bit. They failed quite quickly because they had far more expenses than income! You cant just put to fighters in a cage and expect to make MILLIONS off the fight. The UFC knows what they are doing, the have a great business plan!