Fitch: It is not about the money


In Feb the UFC released 16 fighters, including Jacob Volkmann, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Jon Fitch. Many fans were surprised at the release of Fitch, as, despite going 1-2-1 his previous four fights, he was ranked #9 in the UFC's top 10 list.

Fitch ended up at World Series of Fighting, and during a recent media call to promote his main event fight vs. Josh Burkman on June 14, Fitch expressed reflected negatively on his experience with the UFC.

"It's not easy to be successful in a hostile work environment," said Fitch. "Anyone who’s worked in any profession that had to go through that knows that for a fact. I feel like I have double the wins because of the circumstances that I fought against."

UFC president Dana White took exception to the remarks, noting among other things that Fitch was paid $300,000+ in excess his contracted payouts.

"Everything that Jon Fitch said is complete and total bulls---," said White.

"He was complaining about what he had to go through here, about people saying stuff under their breath to him and all this bulls---. Jon Fitch is so full of s---. He's f---ing delusional. First of all, he had every opportunity that anyone else had. After Georges St-Pierre beat the living s--- out of him, did we treat him differently or anything?

"Just to lay it out with facts, Jon Fitch lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87. He had an opportunity to fight for the title, and he got destroyed in that fight. He fought to a draw with B.J. Penn in a top contender fight. Then he gets a chance to be a No. 1 contender again and gets knocked f---ing dead in the first round by Johny Hendricks. What f---ing opportunities has he not been given."

"In business, you're going to butt heads every now and then. But I've said publicly many times that I have no grudge with Jon Fitch. That whole thing is overplayed."

Now Fitch has published a video in which he says his complaints were not about money.

“There’s been some talk about some money matters involving me and some bonuses I’ve made over my career with the UFC," said Fitch. "So I wanted to shine some more light on my financial matters to give fans a better idea of the type of money a fighter like me actually makes.

"In my 18 fights with the UFC, I was paid $1,020,000. That was show money and win money.  I also made about $300,000 in bonuses. Two of those bonuses were Fight of the Night bonuses. One was Georges St-Pierre, a $60,000 Fight of the Night, and then Erick Silva fight, that was a $70,000 bonus.  So in total I made $1,322,000.”

“Sounds like a lot of money, but lets look at that a little bit closer. Out of the 18 fights out of that $1,020,000, I paid 20-percent of that to management and the gym.  So if you take that number, $1,322,000, divided by seven and a half years, I was roughly making just over $176,000 a year. Now remember, that’s before management and gym fees. You also have other expenses you have to pay for, equipment, stuff like that.”

Fitch did not provide an estimate on what sponsorships he received. He then goes on to estimate what he called an "extreme lowball" figure on the money the UFC was making on shows he fought on, noting most fighters did not make as much money as he did, and adding he did not know how much UFC sponsors were paying, among other ancillary revenue.

"I was one of the fighters who was on the medium to high pay grade, because I won - I won conistently. When you win consistently, your pay bumps up. If you lose, you get stuck at the same pay scale. So it's important to win. It's important in order to win to make money.

"Most fighters didn't make as much money as me. That's a fact.

“I want to state again that I’ve never complained about money, I’ve always loved the money that I made from fighting with the UFC, and organizations before I fought with the UFC. I never even complained when I fought for $250 or $500. I didn't even complain when I fought in an 8-man tournament in Mexico for $1,500. Money was never important to me - that's not why I fight... I want to fight the best in the world and prove that I'm the best in the world."

"I don't know why money always gets brought back up, with them.  It's not important to me. But I thought it was important for the fans to know what the numbers actually are."


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TexasBadAss site profile image  

6/15/13 4:56 PM by TexasBadAss

Now he lost out on a "Touch Tone Computer Phone" that WSOF gave to Burkman for winning after the fight. Dude can't catch a break.

CindyO site profile image  

6/15/13 3:41 AM by CindyO

LMFAO!!!   Cindy

D241 site profile image  

6/15/13 2:45 AM by D241

This thread has had time to marinate, so that being said, I have now changed my mind. Fitch was def over paid   lol

UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA site profile image  

6/15/13 12:49 AM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

Uh oh....

Macedawgg site profile image  

6/14/13 7:29 AM by Macedawgg

Turning a profit?  There gates are abysmal.  There is no PPV revenue.  Spike/Viacom admit that they are paying far, far less for Bellator than they did for the UFC--they own Bellator.  If it is turning any sort of profit, it is solely due to advertising Spike obtains--there are no other revenue sources of note.

Chromium site profile image  

6/14/13 1:29 AM by Chromium

  I feel kind of dirty defending Bellator here, but to be fair they are the minor leagues. They do have some elite talent but like an eighth of what the UFC has. It's almost like comparing the NFL and the Arena Football League. On top of that, if Bellator is even turning a profit, it will have only been since they got on Spike. It's not fair to compare them to them to the UFC here (and thus, to be fair back, their claim to be able to match Eddie Alvarez's compensation is utterly laughable and tragic for Eddie).  

Chromium site profile image  

6/14/13 1:24 AM by Chromium

My bad, I misread your post.

CindyO site profile image  

6/14/13 1:24 AM by CindyO

Ahhh, even I assumed the 100,000k was a prize bonus at the end (like how Pride used to hand out those oversized checks at the end of the tourney). Still, quite a few fighters are getting some matches and some TV time so its a positive thing, IMO. Have they published anything about the pay structure of Fight Master? Thanks.   Cindy

SmackyBear site profile image  

6/14/13 1:06 AM by SmackyBear

Well, no there's no lump sum prize at the end. It's a cumulative total of three fight purses.if that scale is still correct, for the eight man tournaments:The four fighters who lose in the first round get $10k each.The two fighters who lose in the second round get $35k each, since they won at 10/10 but lost at 15/15.The runner-up gets $70k since they won at 10/10 and 15/15 but lost at 20/30.So then the total purse for the tournament is $280k.

CindyO site profile image  

6/14/13 12:46 AM by CindyO

So there is no 100,000 prize that goes to one fighter at the end? And how much do the non-winning fighters get?   Cindy