ZUFFA CEO Lorenzo Fertitta recently attended the Leaders Sports Breakfast at the Cafe Royal in London, on the changing landscape of sport.
Fertitta discussed differences between the pay structure in MMA vs. that in boxing. In boxing, the main event gets all the money and all the attention, so much so that the arena will be empty during the prelim bouts. In MMA, it is more spread out, but those at the top still make millions.
"Our pay structure is actually better," said Fertitta. "We stack back these cards, right, and spread the money over the entire card. That's why you'll see at the O2 (Arena) people will show up at 4:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon, to watch the entire card. If you go to a Mayweather fight, the arena is empty until Mayweather steps into the arena to fight.
"So it's a different concept, it's a different way of looking at things, and at the end of the day, we're providing a platform where we've got fighters that range from the guys we're giving an opportunity to on the undercard, making 20, 30, 40 thousand dollars a night, to guys that are superstars like George St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, making four or five million a night.
"And then we have an incredible athlete like Ronda Rousey, who is the highest paid female athlete in the history of combat sports, who is literally making millions of dollars per fight."
"Our revenue share is very similar to those other leagues that exist."