JLau: I couldn't be happier with UFC pay structure


The issue of fighter compensation is a hot topic, with a number of fighters including Jon Fitch, UFC-on-FX-8-loss-blasts-UFC-fighter-pay/">John Cholish, Jacob Volkmann, and Tim Kennedy vocally advocating for higher pay.

UFC management has argued back that fighter compensation is determined by how much fans want to see a fighter, and that fans are not paying an average of $250 in an arena or $50 on a pay per view in order to watch say Jacob Volkmann.

The 22-8 Joe Lauzon has never fought for the title, and has a relatively modest contract with the organization, but in a a recent interview with Boston's 1460 AM Sports Radi, he said he couldn't be happier with the organization's compensation structure. A lot of that presumably has to do with the 12 'of the Night' performance bonuses he has earned, tied with Anderson Silva for the record.

“We’re paid fighters, so getting in to the UFC doesn’t mean you’re gonna have this cushy job," said Lauzon. "You get paid based on how your performance goes. I’ve been very fortunate where I have had some great fights and I’ve been rewarded with some bonuses. I couldn’t be happier with the pay structure. It all comes down to people wanting to see you fight.”

Lauzon will be looking to add one more bonus when he fights Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen, on August 17th in Boston.

Where do you fall on the compensation issue? There appears to be four separate groups of people involved. Management, prelim fighters, top fighters, and non-fighter ZUFFA employees.

No one seems to care how say a video editor at ZUFFA headquarters is being compensated, which leaves three - top fighters, other fighters, management.

There is a finite amount of money - ticket prices are set by what the market will bear, not by costs. Thus, if one of those three groups gets more, it is going to come from one of the other two, or from both. Do you think things are reasonable as they are, or would you like to see someone get more.

And if someone gets more, who pays for it?

Or would you like to pay for it, via increased ticket or PPV prices?

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luctaro site profile image  

7/23/13 4:04 PM by luctaro

He is not going to Boxing either witch has bigger pay days is he?Just made a quick check and the dude you mention is 37. The reality is he wont ever have the ground and takedown defence skill to amount to anything in the sport, so he would be stuck with low level pays.Why dont you look at kickboxing and see the fact that a Kickboxing Grand Prix champion in Overeem fights only in MMA now. You know why? Because if he performs good enough he can make far greater amounts of washingtons.

mongo54 site profile image  

7/23/13 1:33 PM by mongo54

if these guys were golfers they would really be pissed, imagine being paid purely on performance

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

7/23/13 9:41 AM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

Fighting is like comedy. A few make real money. The rest are doing it for nothing because an open mic comic is willing to do it for less than that and the club is all about paying less for talent. But the difference is that no comedy club is making UFC money or getting people to pay 62 bucks to see it in HD 1-2 times a month. I'd say a UFC undercard guy demanding more money is like an open mic comic demanding 5 more minutes and 20 bucks for his gas. But where fighters and comics are the same in that there is always someone on the lowest rung willing to do it cheaper makes things different when you look at the UFC and the money they bring in. A comedy club will lose their ass if they start paying the guy on Thursday or Sunday night. The UFC isn't going to suddenly hemorrhage cash because they've bumped the bottom guys up. Imagine if Kevin Hart gives a bonus to his feature act on tour?Kevin Hart will not go broke doing that. The UFC is Kevin Hart in terms of power and scope so tossing a few bucks underneath is far different from the comedy club and an open mic guy wanting paid. So, fighting is like comedy. Except when you are in the UFC it ought to be like you are on tour with Kevin Hart and not 18th out of 26 in the amateur competition at McGiggle's on Wednesday at 10pm.

CindyO site profile image  

7/23/13 6:03 AM by CindyO

^^^ Me too. I will never miss one of his fights.   Cindy

LyotoBundy site profile image  

7/23/13 5:44 AM by LyotoBundy

I love Lauzon

Thacommish site profile image  

7/23/13 2:55 AM by Thacommish

as opposed to comparing the ufc to the best fooseball org in the world... because hes just making ridiculous statements.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

7/23/13 2:42 AM by time traveling 12er

It's a straw man because having the best in the world doesn't mean every single person in the UFC is better than every single person not in the UFC. It's a straw man because having the best doesn't automatically = a certain amount of pay. For example having the best fooseball players in a single org doesn't mean every player in it should be able to just play fooseball and not work. It's a strawman because you're creating fake positions to attack.

HexRei site profile image  

7/22/13 3:45 PM by HexRei

lol how is that a straw man? I didn't invent an argument to attack, nothing I mentioned was anything we all didn't know. Are you seriously trying to tell me that on a average, the UFC doesn't have the best fighters in the world? Bellator has a few that might be in the top but look at all the fucking top 10 lists out there and tell me I'm straw-manning.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

7/22/13 3:36 PM by time traveling 12er

Terrible straw man logic. Bellator claims to not be a feeder league to the UFC and they feel they're just as good no? So by that logic why shouldn't they pay the same as the UFC and at least offer insurance?

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7/22/13 10:19 AM by UGCTT_iPray2bLaidByWeidman

This is interesting given that Fitch averaged 190k/year with the ufc, and people bitched an moaned along with broke Fitch that the pay is terrible...