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    How much money can you earn as an amateur turned pro?

    This is just a very quick question for anyone who has competed in a paid match:

    How much were you paid? What level of competition were you competing at (local, state, nationals, internationals etc)?

    Whats the lowest paid bracket (if any), and the highest? How much do you expect to take away from a fight? Do different organizations that you know of have different pay structures and what are they like?

    I've been doing some googling but it doesn't really return good results or advice from amateurs who went pro.
    "It has often been said that power corrupts. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the faults of weakness." - Eric Hoffer

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    I've been offered $600 for a small show a state over, which I didn't do because I'm not an idiot. That's about my only experience with that. Without knowing any exact figures though, I can confidently say that you shouldn't expect anything substantial until you make it to the big leagues. Expect to be working full time until your record's impressive enough to warrant some attention.

    By the way, I'm assuming you're talking about MMA here.

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    PM'd you

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    The payment in Muay Thai pro's is pathetic even for the big names. Can't give you any numbers but i know of fighters with very good pro records who fight often who still have to work part time+ as well as take classes at their gyms just to earn minimum Australian wage. The only successful ones are people like JWP/Carnage who get sponsership deals, run promotions and events as well as manage their own gyms.

    I don't envy them, had a chat with one of our pros and he wasn't too caring. He said that compared to the Thai fighters we have it sweet.

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    thanks for the replies, and thanks for the pm liokault.
    "It has often been said that power corrupts. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the faults of weakness." - Eric Hoffer

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    ...can you post the PM in the thread, plz.

    PROOF that I'm not a completely useless poster:
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    That is not conducive to passionate cunnilingus, my friend, let me assure you.
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    I agree with moosey

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    MMA is big in CA but the $ doesn't trickle down. My one pro-fighter got $600+$300 win bonus+travel&hotel for one and $750+20%on the tickets he sold for the other.

    Live in a tent much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theotherserge
    MMA is big in CA but the $ doesn't trickle down. My one pro-fighter got $600+$300 win bonus+travel&hotel for one and $750+20%on the tickets he sold for the other.

    Live in a tent much?
    Even the guys in the WCL get like $500 a fight or something. One guy in an interview said he got $1000 and they flew him down to the fight and paid for hotel.

    Demand more!

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    Hard to if he's 1-1 as a pro. Its a long way to the top if ya'wanna rock&roll...

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    Why should they pay us more when we'll fight for free? We pay to enter grappling tournaments. We're insane. Of course there are usually more competitors than spectators, and we pay more to fight than they pay to watch, so it's the only way to make it profitable.

    What if people actually understood and cared about MMA/Mundials/etc? It would be like Japan.

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