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How Do Money?
Being a mixed martial artist isn't exactly easy, by anyone definition of the word. You have to get your stand-up training in. You need to work on your wrestling. You'd better work on your submissions too, or else you look like a chump when a BJJ blue belt subs you with a rear naked choke in a fight. You have to work on your cardio. You need to get in your weight training.
There's a lot to do, is the point I'm trying to make. It's a lot to balance. You would expect these hardworking athletes would make comparable sums of money to other athletes, right?
Well, this is not the case. At all. Not even close.
The dynamics of being a fighter are pretty different from most athletes we see on a day by day basis. Fighters are paid per appearance, not a salary. What this means is if you're not fighting, you're not getting paid. And how often you're fighting is not up to you. The situation is akin to trying to make your living performing a job where you have no set pay and no rigid schedule.
So the overall system of getting paid isn't exactly favorable. But the money is good, right?
Dana, y u no share?
Again, not exactly. Sure, big name fighters get good money. But what about lesser-known fighters? Despite his fan base, Chan Sung Jung was only promised a 5,000 dollar purse for his fight. Sure, his solid performance ended up winning him another 65,000 or so, but that is only by virtue of winning and showing off an amazing submission. What if those didn't happen? The Korean Zombie would have went home with 5,000 dollars for all his hard work, and that could possibly have been his only fight of the year.
Now, I have no problem buying the Pay-Per-Views. Even if they're not fights I'm particularly excited about, I'll still try to dish out the fifty dollars to watch it with the understanding some of that money will make it back to the fighters.
How much though? Certainly not a lot. I'm not saying that the UFC and ZUFFA shouldn't be able to turn a profit. I would just like to see some uniformity in the pay grades instead of having people making less then a minimum wage salary to making 500,000 a fight. Mixed martial arts is certainly big enough to afford that.
Last edited by Kickapoo; 4/06/2011 2:48pm at .