ESPN's E:60 to look at fighter pay and monopoly concerns of UFC

source: espn.com
 

Lorenzo Fertitta: "We have a better product, we put up our money and we were smarter than everyone else.

Narrator: "Many within the sport are convinced the company is well on it's way to becoming a monopoly. Able to exert even greater control over fighter wages. At the lowest levels the UFC pays its fighters just a few thousand dollars per fight."

Ken Shamrock: "The UFC has gone out and strategicaly bought out every company or they cut the knees out from underneath them when they tried to get started by putting on shows when their shows were on. Which is fine, there's nothing wrong with that kind of business. But when you get into that kind of position, then don't use that kind of position to hold the fighters hostage."

Lorenzo: "We're giving these guys tremendous opportunity to be able to make more money, get bigger exposure, get bigger sponsors. And when you throw out the term monopoly, that's the most ridiculous thing anyone could ever say."

ESPN-e60-ufc-pay-monopoly-fighters-ken-shamrock" target="_blank">transcribed by BloodyElbow.com...

UFC fighters are among the toughest athletes competing in sports. Fiercely competitive, they enter the octagon knowing they could be cut, bruised or placed in submission holds that could render them temporarily unconscious. With each fight, they run the risk of suffering career-ending injuries.

But mentioning "fighter pay" to this same group of men brings forth a completely different side. They become consumed with fear. Flight instincts take over.

"Career suicide," one current fighter said when approached by "Outside the Lines" for comment.

"It would be the end of my career," said another current fighter, a former champion, when asked for an on-the-record interview about the UFC's fighter pay scale.

The men who run the Ultimate Fighting Championship are benefiting from unprecedented revenue growth -- the company purchased rival Strikeforce in March for $34 million, further tightening its stranglehold on the mixed martial arts industry. Recently, the UFC inked a seven-year deal worth a reported $100 million annually with FOX, its first significant broadcast agreement with a major network.

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Porkchop site profile image  

1/13/12 4:08 PM by Porkchop

And I'm aware of your stance and have been for some time, I was just dickin around with that comment I posted. You have been vocal way before Dana personally addressed you on the UG.Props for sticking to your guns, I'm sure there are plenty of fighters out there feeling the money cruch and your cause is a worthy one.

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1/13/12 4:06 PM by Porkchop

I agree with you about the fighters deserving more money but I don't know if I can blame the UFC just yet.I mean, they are running a business and they are making a nice profit margin, but they have also invested a lot of their money into opening up new markets for the sport and helping build a worldwide stage for the fighters to make livings.I don't know the numbers of what they are making versus what they are investing back into lawyers for new markets and backstage bonuses etc... So having said that, I try to keep out of this arguement.Do the fighters deserve more? Yes. But I think with every day that passes, the fighters will be making more and more.As far as Dana being the guy in front of the cameras most of the time being a rockstar and such, I think the business needs him in that position now more than ever because there are now major media outlets showing interest and they need a face to associate the sport with who can introduce them to it, defend it's legitimacy, and help move the sport forward into the mainstream sports scene.I think MMA will peak out just like boxing did but I think as big as boxing was in North America, MMA will be that popular virtually everywhere on the planet.I think Dana is a good presence for the time being and when the sport has fully arrived, he can probably step aside and he will probly be dieing to step aside by that time.I can't really speak too much about their business practices as I said because I'm not privy to the details but I believe they want to make this a legitmate sport and go into the history books as promotors for the right reasons. I think they love the sport and want to grow it. Sure they are making an assload of money too, but I just don't think they are sucking the money from the business or anything. I think so far they are acting in the best interest of the sport and the fighters to come. The fighters in the cage today are still pioneers of MMA and are helping to build the sport.So I'm trying to reserve judgement for now, but I see your side of the arguement and agree with your principles. I just think MMA still has a long way to go before it is fully mainstream and reaches it's full money making potential.That's just my two cents tho.

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1/13/12 3:40 PM by RyannVonDoom

Have hated him far longer than that my friend. He also called me von douche without responding to anything I brought up. Cindy is ignoring my points too.Thing is, I dont have an agenda other than getting the fighters paid more. His is what the puppet masters want, which is the other side of the coin.. But they have it all already.Dont you see something wrong with Dana being treated like a fighter/rockstar when the fighters arent? Just blows my mind people defend their underpaying the fighters.

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1/13/12 3:05 PM by queazy

i agree and disagree with alot of people on here, couple word. getting to the ufc doesent mean your actually good/great at this time and are owed millions or thousands. Whats bothers me about mma is hearing new fans sometimes not even newbs, calling it UCF fighting its not surprisng to hear ufc is a monopoly since the american fan is not as educated in mma. we should just blame the ufc/dana/feretis/zuffa for taking advantage of the situation, making money and following the american dream.ALL I CARE ABOUT IS WATCHING GOOD FIGHTS WITH GOOD DRUG FREE FIGHTERS WHO GO OUT TO FIGHT AND NOT RIDE RUELS OR ASS TO GET WINS.

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1/13/12 1:23 PM by rockwell

 And that is a pathetic insult. Seriously Dana needs to step up his "witty" retort game. His insults just don't have any punch.

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1/13/12 1:20 PM by rockwell

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1/13/12 1:13 PM by Porkchop

lol von doom hates dana so much.ever since he called him ryan von dick.I'm not pickin sides just havin a giggle.

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1/13/12 11:06 AM by AshBox

Who cares,... I want the best fighting the best, monopoly they took a broke company and took it mainstream, now everybody is jealous and wants to cry to mommy, please good on Dana and the guys they made their dream come true...lets get back to the fights shall we...

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1/13/12 10:18 AM by RyannVonDoom

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1/13/12 10:00 AM by RyannVonDoom

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