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.
Always Supporting Fighters That Fight to Finish or be Finished
Last edited by Ryan1522; 01-16-2012 at 03:09 PM.
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