Some random thoughts on UFC74 pay:
Marcus Aurelio’s base pay was over 4 times higher than Clay Guida’s. Even with the win, Clay still made less than half of what Aurelio made to lose.
Another lopsided discrepancy was Roger Huerta … his base pay was 4.25 times what Alberto Crane made. Hey, we’re not against paying shit for starting fighters, but when you’re matching dudes up, have some consideration for the stupidity of the pay scale. I bet if we added up all the salaries for the guys Roger Huerta has ever fought in the UFC, it wouldn’t equal his base pay for this single fight.
Even Josh Koscheck got the bone … me so horny GSP made 70k base pay while the KOS’s base was 10k. Simple mathematics show GSP making seven times what Koscheck makes. Of course, simple mathematics also shows GSP being worth about 50 times what Koscheck is. But still … that poor bastard KOS is still on the TUF salary. Makes you wonder why anyone is crazy enough to go on that show. Sure, it’s a ton of exposure … but then you’re stuck in a three year contract making as little as 30 to 40k a year. I suppose sponsorship shores up the discrepancy. But still, three years is a lifetime in the UFC … stars rise and fall in that time.
I’m glad to see Gonzaga making some decent coin. With the depth of the UFC heavyweight division, I hope they don’t just toss him out on his ass like they did after Jeff Monson lost to Tim Sylvia.