Apparently Josh Koscheck went on a rant about fighter pay:
UFC and boxing ppv dollars?
UFC Prez Dana White is always quick to pull out the “boxing promoters are crooked” line during his frequent discussions about boxing. I would argue that the UFC Czar is just as crooked.
Why did Chuck Liddell and Rampage Jackson only make about $500,000 for their recent UFC 72 showdown. UFC 72 did about 1 million pay per view buys at $40 a pop, Zuffa made 40 million alone in ppv dollars. Not to mention the live gate, over seas viewing rights, and sponsors that ponied up money for this fight. Why do UFC fighters get such a small piece of the pie in a sport that’s supposedly on the upswing? With the rise in of popularity of the UFC why aren’t their fighters paid MUCH more.
I’m not saying there aren’t boxing promoters that don’t short change their fighters, but boxers can make alot more money over a career than a UFC fighter can. Shannon Briggs was paid 1.8 million for his meaningless title defense against Sultan Ibragimov last weekend. GO ahead UFC fans, defend your boy Dana White.Additional Details
Nice try, as demand for the sport builds up so should the fighters salaries. I’m not buying that one. Zuffa is keeping as much as they can of the 100 million they made for UFC 72. They should be ashamed paying two of their top fighters $500,000.
White and the UFC basically want to pay the fighters like a third rate sport but at the same time want to claim to be a legitimate sport. The average UFC fighter doesn’t even make a middle class living it is ridiculous. Even the elite MMA fighters are way behind other professional sports.
White wants to say that Mayweather wouldn’t make it in the UFC and he is right Mayweather wouldn’t step in the UFC ring for the peanuts they pay. Why would he take about 1/20th of his normal pay?
UFC fans are in serious denial about this issues. They will say things like well athletes shouldn’t make that kind of money. Well somebody is making it so why should it all go to the promoters? Or they will say that it takes time but again the revenues MMA is generating is huge so it is a matter of changing the structure not time.
UFC fighters need some kind of union to make a larger share of the pie since it is the fighter that literally rolls the dice with his future health and even his life not the promoters.
Keep in mind this was on MySpace, which is possibly the most hacked site in the universe. So I must hope that Koscheck isn’t actually stupid enough to write this stuff. Why? Well for one thing, it’s pretty fucking stupid to criticize the person who’s signing your checks, especially about the size of those checks.
Another thing: he makes comparisons to how boxers are paid, which is pretty dumb. Boxing is in a shambles specifically because the big guys are retardedly overpaid. The last thing MMA needs is to adopt other sports’ out of control pay structure.
This isn’t to say I’m against fighter pay raises, but who in their right mind is wasting their time bitching about how ‘little’ Rampage and Chuck made? How about a few fucking tears for the guys in the undercards and dark matches getting paid less than a trailer trash stripper makes on an average Saturday night?