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Fun facts about UFC fighter pay

Fun facts about UFC fighter pay

You don’t have to try all that hard to make UFC fighter pay look kinda shitty. Just check out this list from MMA Sentinel entitled “5 WTF Facts About UFC Fighter Pay”:

[1] Did you know the worst bench warmer on the worst Women’s NBA team makes double what the average entry-level UFC fighter does?

[2] How about this, there was a UFC event in 2013 in which, apparently, the highest guaranteed pay on the card was $30k/$30k.

[3] Did you know, a fighter received only $12,000 in disclosed pay while fighting for a title and main-eventing a Pay-Per-View, this year?

[4] The median average wage for a top 15 fighter in the UFC is just $30,500 per year.

[5] Floyd Mayweather, in the 12 months between summer 2011 and summer 2012, made approximately four times more in guaranteed salary than the entire UFC roster combined. He fought twice.

Yeah, a lot of this stuff is apples and oranges. But it certainly makes the UFC’s apples look pretty fucking awful.

  • augbesian

    1]Did you know the maximum that the best player on the best team in the WNBA makes is under $110K? While you have a salary floor in the WNBA, you also have a salary ceiling.

    [2] Did you know the UFC event in 2013 in which the highest guaranteed pay on the card was $30k/$30k, was on Fuel and under 200K people even saw it live? What type of money should be expected when nobody sees an event?

    [5] Floyd Mayweather owns the fight promotion that he fights for, so comparing his salary to a fighter’s would be like comparing a Fertitta’s salary to a fighter’s. They ain’t on salary, they PAY the salaries. Mayweather Promotions is where the money is at.

  • fightfan

    Who was the fighter who made 12k and fought for title on main event PPV? I’m sure I could figure it out, but don’t feel like searching thru database right now

  • fightfan

    [3] has to be Carmouche?

  • Fightlinker

    The actual article has a list of sources and specifics under the points. Yup, #3 is Liz. Although to be fair to the UFC, I’m pretty sure they gave her a small chunk of the PPV action.

  • GSP

    I would really like to see guys at the lower level make more money. They train so hard and would like to see them get the same respect as other athletes in other sports in terms of monetary value. Thanks for the info.