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Old 01-16-2012, 12:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Dana responds to ESPN (12 minute video)



I love that the last clip is Shamrock saying: "We made alot of money together." He was EPSN's big insider afterall
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One thing I took from the first video is that Chael probably made a shit load of money from that first fight with Anderson based on what Lorenzo said.
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UFC fighters at the bottom of the pay grade don't make jack shit. They make bare minimum to get by and maybe even less than that in some cases.

The reality is just like any other company you are payed for performance. Better fighters make more money.

The UFC is in its infancy compared to organizations like the NFL, NBA and NHL. It's not really even fair to compare them, but below are some numbers.

The minimum salary for a rookie in the NBA is $473 604. The maximum salary is Kobe Bryant at $24.8 million.

The min salary for one fight in the UFC is 6 grand to show and 6 to win.

Guys like GSP, Brock etc. are making 400-500 grand for the fight alone excluding sponsorship and pay per view cuts.

Reality is you need to win your fights and prove yourself as a talent to make any good money in the UFC. It is extremely hard to make a living in the UFC if you have not already proven yourself and continue to win fights.

The pay disparity between newcomers and title holders or marketable veterans will always exist, but let's hope that as the sport continues to grow, pay for fighters new to the UFC increases so it makes it easier for them to fully dedicate themselves to the sport by being able to afford the best training and nutrition available to them so we as the fans can see the slower developing talents being able to climb the ladder to the top of their divisions.
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to be fair newcomers that did well in other organisations got payed a lot in their first ufc fight. Its all about how good you are and thats fair.
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Hardcore mma fans already knew everything Dana said to be true but new and casual fans need to know ESPN has went out of there way FOR YEARS to attempt to tank mma and its all about money and stems from the fear boxing will be replaced by mma.

I stopped watching ESPN because of it, boycott ESPN if you love mma.
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Hardcore mma fans already knew everything Dana said to be true but new and casual fans need to know ESPN has went out of there way FOR YEARS to attempt to tank mma and its all about money and stems from the fear boxing will be replaced by mma.

I stopped watching ESPN because of it, boycott ESPN if you love mma.
Interesting. I haven't really followed this too much. I try to watch positive coverage about the sport in general. Didn't know that ESPN had this motive against UFC.
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UFC fighters at the bottom of the pay grade don't make jack shit. They make bare minimum to get by and maybe even less than that in some cases.

The reality is just like any other company you are payed for performance. Better fighters make more money.

The UFC is in its infancy compared to organizations like the NFL, NBA and NHL. It's not really even fair to compare them, but below are some numbers.

The minimum salary for a rookie in the NBA is $473 604. The maximum salary is Kobe Bryant at $24.8 million.

The min salary for one fight in the UFC is 6 grand to show and 6 to win.

Guys like GSP, Brock etc. are making 400-500 grand for the fight alone excluding sponsorship and pay per view cuts.

Reality is you need to win your fights and prove yourself as a talent to make any good money in the UFC. It is extremely hard to make a living in the UFC if you have not already proven yourself and continue to win fights.

The pay disparity between newcomers and title holders or marketable veterans will always exist, but let's hope that as the sport continues to grow, pay for fighters new to the UFC increases so it makes it easier for them to fully dedicate themselves to the sport by being able to afford the best training and nutrition available to them so we as the fans can see the slower developing talents being able to climb the ladder to the top of their divisions.
You can not expect UFC fighters to make what NBA players make, as the sport is not even 1% as popular world wide.
on the other hand, looking at what the UFC makes for PPV and copy rights, it makes me think they have to pay fighters more.

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...
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Hardcore mma fans already knew everything Dana said to be true but new and casual fans need to know ESPN has went out of there way FOR YEARS to attempt to tank mma and its all about money and stems from the fear boxing will be replaced by mma.

I stopped watching ESPN because of it, boycott ESPN if you love mma.
Unfortunately us here in Ireland have to watch ESPN to see live cards. Hopefully Sky Sports will take over when the deal ends in August
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