The issue of fighter pay has always been a hot topic for fans. A thread about Bubba McDaniel's $33,200 salary in 2013 generated a hundred replies. UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon recently held a Reddit.com/r/MMA/comments/1wwj5z/16x_ufc_fighter_joe_lauzon_ama_i_will_start/" target="_blank">Q&A on Reddit and shed some more light on the situation from his perspective:
“Lots of variables. Sometimes coaches get paid on a percentage, some are flat fees. Flights vary quite a bit in price… when I fly to Vegas its like $350 per flight, for Japan it was over $1400 per flight. I always take care of my coaches with flights (not giving them shitty/cheap flghts), etc.
“15K for a fight does not leave much money by the time you pay coaches, flights, medicals, taxes, etc.”
Lauzon was asked if the UFC paid for the flight, to which he said, “UFC pays fighter plus 1. I have 3 corners and some other coaches/training partners though.”
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