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6/26/13 7:26 PM
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Tim Kennedy is right on point with his argument that the UFC doesn't pay enough.

in the NFL and other places the Team wners have to shared their revenue with the players. Not exactly sure the % but it's something like 55% to owners and 45% to the players.

It should be that way in the UFC.Dana and the Bro's will STILL make MILLIONS and the fighter would get a hugh bump in pay.

Narrow the roster down a bit and pay the ones that you do have damn good money and I bet you would see a hell of a lot more fight finishes.

This is the uFC, the upper most elite Company in all of MMA. It's "The Show". It's a fucking disgrace to have a fighter making something like $3 and $3.

If you fight for the UFC you should at least be able to train full time and not have to have another job.

Minimum salary should be $50 Grand per fight.

You would see a lot more fighters fighting for the life making better money like $50 K instaed of a paultry total of $6K


As far as Kennedy goes, I agree with his argument that pay needs to be better but he certainly did embellish his figures to bolster his argument.

Thing is he didn't NEED to do this. The argument speasks for itself and didn't need his embellishments to add to it.
6/26/13 7:26 PM
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And was there some sort of pay nosedive that took place between these fighters deciding they want to fight and them joining the UFC? They know just as well as everyone else what the contracts are like. If you don't think the average fighters make enough money, pick a different career route. You knew what you were getting into
6/26/13 7:27 PM
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It's SO heartwarming watching folks fighting the 'good fight' on behalf of Multi-millionaires to further expand their margins.

Such dedication. It warms the heart. Truly.

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goldenboyart - Tim Kennedy is right on point with his argument that the UFC doesn't pay enough.

in the NFL and other places the Team wners have to shared their revenue with the players. Not exactly sure the % but it's something like 55% to owners and 45% to the players.

It should be that way in the UFC.Dana and the Bro's will STILL make MILLIONS and the fighter would get a hugh bump in pay.

Narrow the roster down a bit and pay the ones that you do have damn good money and I bet you would see a hell of a lot more fight finishes.

This is the uFC, the upper most elite Company in all of MMA. It's "The Show". It's a fucking disgrace to have a fighter making something like $3 and $3.

If you fight for the UFC you should at least be able to train full time and not have to have another job.

Minimum salary should be $50 Grand per fight.

You would see a lot more fighters fighting for the life making better money like $50 K instaed of a paultry total of $6K


As far as Kennedy goes, I agree with his argument that pay needs to be better but he certainly did embellish his figures to bolster his argument.

Thing is he didn't NEED to do this. The argument speasks for itself and didn't need his embellishments to add to it.

Kennedy is bitching about $50,000
6/26/13 7:40 PM
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Porkchop - MMA does pay shitty. It's not like other MMA orgs pay more than the UFC.

If you aren't in it for the glory and you are just in it for money, you are fighting for the wrong reasons.

LOL.  This is professional prize fighting.  If you AREN'T in it for the money, you are in it for the wrong reasons.

Dude your a straight moran. Phone Post

Ha! Mace is awesome and means well and the UG is lucky to have him, IMO. One of my favorites, actually. Good guy.

 

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Thanks Cindy!  No, you aren't one of the shills--you are just a very loyal friend with a point of view.  That is fine. 

The shills--the dozens and dozens of other anonymous sorts you see on threads like these!

6/26/13 7:50 PM
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Thacommish - "Now I eagerly await the masses of 16-25 year olds that have never held a career-level full time job to tell me how I know nothing and poor mma fighters have it so rough. Guess what guys: If the only skill you have to offer the workforce is the ability to beat up other guys, and you are "meh" at it...don't come crying to me that you're making McDonalds employee level money...because you're the mma equivalent of McDonalds level talent at that point."

I cant believe someone that considers himself above 16-25 year olds made such a horrible emotionally inspired connection between ufc fighters and mcdonalds employees.

Your logic is severely misguided. If your only talent in the workforce is hitting a baseball in mlb and you are "meh" about it don't come crying to me. Oh wait the league minimum in baseball is 400k.

If you notice im quoting someone else in the first paragraph. Thats not my logic i think its severely misguided also. Mostly because he is comparing the number 1 brand and top quality mma org to mcdonalds and saying that they should be compensated equally.
wvugreenlantern is the guy whom i quoted. I just didnt want to quote his entire frat paragraph with me

Minimum salary in the MLB is 490,000. at 162 games per season that breaks down to 3024.69 per game. I have a feeling this will all look about the same across the board. The issue is more that fighters fight a lot less per year than the average athlete in other sports can compete.

Wow , that is some amazing mathematics. I don't know what worse , comparing what a baseball player does for a living to the most physically demanding sport in the world bar none or thinking a fighter sits on his couch up until the day he has to fight.
6/26/13 7:57 PM
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well, didn't bother to read 10 pages worth of shit on this, but to my thinking...don't most fighters at least fight twice a year, and i have seen plenty with at least 3 fights a year. That is assuming in the big dog org like the UFC. In that scenario that would mean most fighters, if at least at Kennedy's payout level, would make around double what he listed and possibly triple or more depending on exactly how many fights they have, if they win/lose, get sub/ko/fight of the night. If he is basing his figures on one fight, does that mean he only plans to fight once a year. If so, he must not really be interested in beating higher caliber competition and getting a bigger paycheck...or at least that would be my assumption.
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God I love these threads... An opportunity for the sociopathic 'fans' to express how little they care for the blood sweat and tears shed by what they say to be their heroes.

As someone who used to be called a UFC shill with abandon on here, the lengths folks will go to back the Fertita's pocketing millions why fighters can barely pay for expenses... Is sickening to the core.

No fighters - no UFC.


Thread should be closed after this.

Based on many of these threads either people a. trolling. b. paid zuffa posters or C. Are so miserable in their own lives heaven forbid someone make more money than them.

I can't believe the so called fans on this site crucifying a man that is a professional mma fighter who wants to be paid more to support his family. How dare him.

The bottom line is zuffa and even dana are swimming in money based of the blood sweat and tears (not to mention brain cells) of these fighters. They just need to spread the love a little more. When the president of the company has enough money to blow 200k in gambling in a single night than there is something wrong with this picture.
6/26/13 8:01 PM
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niveky144 - well, didn't bother to read 10 pages worth of shit on this, but to my thinking...don't most fighters at least fight twice a year, and i have seen plenty with at least 3 fights a year. That is assuming in the big dog org like the UFC. In that scenario that would mean most fighters, if at least at Kennedy's payout level, would make around double what he listed and possibly triple or more depending on exactly how many fights they have, if they win/lose, get sub/ko/fight of the night. If he is basing his figures on one fight, does that mean he only plans to fight once a year. If so, he must not really be interested in beating higher caliber competition and getting a bigger paycheck...or at least that would be my assumption.

The average UFC fighter fights 1.6 times per year, is exclusive, and has duties to Zuffa that extend beyond performance in bouts.

6/26/13 8:01 PM
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It's SO heartwarming watching folks fighting the 'good fight' on behalf of Multi-millionaires to further expand their margins.

Such dedication. It warms the heart. Truly.


LOLOLOL.. NICE.
6/26/13 8:03 PM
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God I love these threads... An opportunity for the sociopathic 'fans' to express how little they care for the blood sweat and tears shed by what they say to be their heroes.

As someone who used to be called a UFC shill with abandon on here, the lengths folks will go to back the Fertita's pocketing millions why fighters can barely pay for expenses... Is sickening to the core.

No fighters - no UFC.


Thread should be closed after this.

Based on many of these threads either people a. trolling. b. paid zuffa posters or C. Are so miserable in their own lives heaven forbid someone make more money than them.

I can't believe the so called fans on this site crucifying a man that is a professional mma fighter who wants to be paid more to support his family. How dare him.

The bottom line is zuffa and even dana are swimming in money based of the blood sweat and tears (not to mention brain cells) of these fighters. They just need to spread the love a little more. When the president of the company has enough money to blow 200k in gambling in a single night than there is something wrong with this picture.
Man I love posts like Filo. All 3 of your option essentially say if you don't agree with me you're an idiot.

Couldn't there be a fourth option where we just have a differing opinion? Is yours the only one that's right? I mean I fully support your ability to state yours and don't belittle it, so why do that to others? Phone Post 3.0
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God I love these threads... An opportunity for the sociopathic 'fans' to express how little they care for the blood sweat and tears shed by what they say to be their heroes.

As someone who used to be called a UFC shill with abandon on here, the lengths folks will go to back the Fertita's pocketing millions why fighters can barely pay for expenses... Is sickening to the core.

No fighters - no UFC.


Thread should be closed after this.

Based on many of these threads either people a. trolling. b. paid zuffa posters or C. Are so miserable in their own lives heaven forbid someone make more money than them.

I can't believe the so called fans on this site crucifying a man that is a professional mma fighter who wants to be paid more to support his family. How dare him.

The bottom line is zuffa and even dana are swimming in money based of the blood sweat and tears (not to mention brain cells) of these fighters. They just need to spread the love a little more. When the president of the company has enough money to blow 200k in gambling in a single night than there is something wrong with this picture.

Yeah and I think putting aside all the "Independant contractor" and no union stuff this is the bottom line

 

No Tennis players - No ATP

No Golfers - No PGA

No Fighters - No UFC

 

All situations where a company or group of related companies is making gangbusters off of a product that requires expensive training and sometimes in a dire situation will come to a point where, no matter how at odds each athlete is with the other, the conditions become the bigger fight.

Why not avoid the cliché and take a hit short-term to smooth out the long-term?

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God I love these threads... An opportunity for the sociopathic 'fans' to express how little they care for the blood sweat and tears shed by what they say to be their heroes.

As someone who used to be called a UFC shill with abandon on here, the lengths folks will go to back the Fertita's pocketing millions why fighters can barely pay for expenses... Is sickening to the core.

No fighters - no UFC.


Thread should be closed after this.

Based on many of these threads either people a. trolling. b. paid zuffa posters or C. Are so miserable in their own lives heaven forbid someone make more money than them.

I can't believe the so called fans on this site crucifying a man that is a professional mma fighter who wants to be paid more to support his family. How dare him.

The bottom line is zuffa and even dana are swimming in money based of the blood sweat and tears (not to mention brain cells) of these fighters. They just need to spread the love a little more. When the president of the company has enough money to blow 200k in gambling in a single night than there is something wrong with this picture.

I just don't get it.

Like, the Fertita's aren't going to come down and thank you for your dedication you dopey tards. They are going to chortle all the way to the bank while the fighters, more and more fighters, will retire with very little.

I suppose the NFL style use and abuse is what gets fans off? Is that what I'm lead to belive with the legion of simpletons telling us how wicked fighters have it??

Again. I don't get it. Treat the fighters like your friends and family. Treat them like your training partners. Treat them like people you have respect for, not tools that are whittled away at the whim of mega wealthy casino owners. If you're THAT much of a fan, you will support the true heroes of the sport - the fighters, not the wealthy businessmen looking to cash in on the latest sporting fad.

 

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God I love these threads... An opportunity for the sociopathic 'fans' to express how little they care for the blood sweat and tears shed by what they say to be their heroes.

As someone who used to be called a UFC shill with abandon on here, the lengths folks will go to back the Fertita's pocketing millions why fighters can barely pay for expenses... Is sickening to the core.

No fighters - no UFC.


Thread should be closed after this.

Based on many of these threads either people a. trolling. b. paid zuffa posters or C. Are so miserable in their own lives heaven forbid someone make more money than them.

I can't believe the so called fans on this site crucifying a man that is a professional mma fighter who wants to be paid more to support his family. How dare him.

The bottom line is zuffa and even dana are swimming in money based of the blood sweat and tears (not to mention brain cells) of these fighters. They just need to spread the love a little more. When the president of the company has enough money to blow 200k in gambling in a single night than there is something wrong with this picture.

I just don't get it.

Like, the Fertita's aren't going to come down and thank you for your dedication you dopey tards. They are going to chortle all the way to the bank while the fighters, more and more fighters, will retire with very little.

I suppose the NFL style use and abuse is what gets fans off? Is that what I'm lead to belive with the legion of simpletons telling us how wicked fighters have it??

Again. I don't get it. Treat the fighters like your friends and family. Treat them like your training partners. Treat them like people you have respect for, not tools that are whittled away at the whim of mega wealthy casino owners. If you're THAT much of a fan, you will support the true heroes of the sport - the fighters, not the wealthy businessmen looking to cash in on the latest sporting fad.

 


Given the high turnover rate & the parity across almost every division what do you propose they do? You can't guarantee contracts to fighters who aren't draws and are only 1-2 fights away from the smaller promotions. If Zuffa tried to treat their roster like family they would make no money & up and coming talent would hardly get through the door.

You have to win in the UFC to advance your pay. And if you win fights in exciting fashion you can become a draw & make more. Yes it is a cutthroat business, but if you don't acknowledge that before you get in then you are stupid.

MMA & combat sports in general are extremely risky. You have the potential of long-term head injury greatly diminishing quality of life, you have wear & tear tearing apart knees, backs, etc., and then you have the fact that most likely you'll end up broke. If you think you can make money in MMA then you had better be really good, you had better win fights, and in Kennedy's case, both Luke Rockhold and Jacare beat him in title fights.

I get that a lot of fighters get the shaft, and as a fan it's kind of appalling to know that BLAF spends his free time gambling away massive amounts of money while some guys can't pay the bills, but it's the fighters who are going to have to change shit, not Zuffa. Rather than attacking Zuffa what about attacking the likes of Randy Couture, who loves to complain about pay also, and why he's not out there trying to garner support for a union? The fighters will have to come together to make any changes, all Zuffa is doing right now is making them earn it & providing opportunity.
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I don't know what the guys annual salary is bit its clearly more than a grocery clerk or garbage man.

Sorry but an mma figher doing math (except maybe carwin) must be like us using mma math logic.


He says:

Kennedy broke down his pay:
He said his show money for UFC 162 was $55,000, but that he would only clear around $20,000 before taxes, citing the following costs:
13% on gym fees
12% for nutrition
10% to his manager
10% to his coach
8% on his camp lodging
3% for fight medicals
3% on equipment
TOTAL 59%

1. Eight or so moths ago I recall and article where AKA were doing a straight 5% cut on coaching and use of the gym etc... so there is
-18% saved straight away. (His gym cannot ne that much better?)


2. The UFC cover accommodation and flights for a fighter and a corner I think 2, but we'll go with 1 to be safe. So he either has a possie of 10 in a hotel or something or he puts his other corner man up in a $5k room per night at 8%? I say realistically 1-2% at BEST (more than $500-900? )
-7%


3. Nutrition at 12%? Its called eating. All humans do it. You might hire a nutritionist usually 6 weeks out from a fight at best. Anymore than that you essentially have a chef on staff like a GSP. So you need to be making millions to have your own chef its common sense. Either way 12% seems high. I'm betting Dolce could do a 6 week plan for less than that! I'm not going to devalue something I'm not experienced in purchasing so I'll leave that one at a comment.

4. Fight medials and equipment 6%. These are called essentials! To the everyday person thats health insurance and a business suit with different colored shirts and ties. Some thinhs in lige you have to buy to work. The garbage man probably goes through 10 pairs of sneakers a year and 20 white tshirts under his uniform I dunno? It's an essential part of the job. Just like your manager. So putting that on the list is like the average joe complaining about paying taxes as well as having to buy business shoes to match his suit instead of just wearing his sneakers. Some things you have to do.

So according to my estimate he is either exaggerating by 25% at a MINIMUM or I have saved him that just by keeping up with the facts within the business. Thats something he and his management would do far better than me. So I would suggest he start looking at reducing his claims/costs a bit before making lists. He's earning way more than entry level guys. And his 3 fights @55k still = 165k - 25% (tax deductible mind you) less tax.

thats way better than any grocery clerk I know of!

I don't mind him wanting more pay thats great good luck to him. But trying to bitch and compare himself to the average Joes pay grade that pisses me off because thats throwing normal blue collar people's jobs as examples to his pay scale when its simply not true.

If any entry level fighter made the comparison might listen but a 55k for SHOW PLUS SPONSORS AND WINS AND ANY OTHER BONUS
Stop your bitching and man up.


Just my humble opinion =) Phone Post
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its obviously been awhile since TK has worked a crappy labor or service job.
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Ok chillitaco now do that with cholishes pay.
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Th3Rooster - its obviously been awhile since TK has worked a crappy labor or service job.
Exactly that's my only point. It's not that I think they are overpayed or underplayed. In fact good luck I I hope they all get more pay. But its the fact he is trying to convince us that he is as badly done by as the average joe. And he just casually throws jobs out there under the bus as though he could get any old job and it will pay more.

He is not my average joe pay grade thats my point that he lied try and make it look that way. Phone Post
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God I love these threads... An opportunity for the sociopathic 'fans' to express how little they care for the blood sweat and tears shed by what they say to be their heroes.

As someone who used to be called a UFC shill with abandon on here, the lengths folks will go to back the Fertita's pocketing millions why fighters can barely pay for expenses... Is sickening to the core.

No fighters - no UFC.


Thread should be closed after this.

Based on many of these threads either people a. trolling. b. paid zuffa posters or C. Are so miserable in their own lives heaven forbid someone make more money than them.

I can't believe the so called fans on this site crucifying a man that is a professional mma fighter who wants to be paid more to support his family. How dare him.

The bottom line is zuffa and even dana are swimming in money based of the blood sweat and tears (not to mention brain cells) of these fighters. They just need to spread the love a little more. When the president of the company has enough money to blow 200k in gambling in a single night than there is something wrong with this picture.
Man I love posts like Filo. All 3 of your option essentially say if you don't agree with me you're an idiot.

Couldn't there be a fourth option where we just have a differing opinion? Is yours the only one that's right? I mean I fully support your ability to state yours and don't belittle it, so why do that to others? Phone Post 3.0

When your opinion is in the defense of Billionaires and millionaires to keep higher profits margins over the fighters I pay to see then your opinion is pretty null and void. But go ahead state you nonsensical opinion.
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God I love these threads... An opportunity for the sociopathic 'fans' to express how little they care for the blood sweat and tears shed by what they say to be their heroes.

As someone who used to be called a UFC shill with abandon on here, the lengths folks will go to back the Fertita's pocketing millions why fighters can barely pay for expenses... Is sickening to the core.

No fighters - no UFC.


Thread should be closed after this.

Based on many of these threads either people a. trolling. b. paid zuffa posters or C. Are so miserable in their own lives heaven forbid someone make more money than them.

I can't believe the so called fans on this site crucifying a man that is a professional mma fighter who wants to be paid more to support his family. How dare him.

The bottom line is zuffa and even dana are swimming in money based of the blood sweat and tears (not to mention brain cells) of these fighters. They just need to spread the love a little more. When the president of the company has enough money to blow 200k in gambling in a single night than there is something wrong with this picture.

I just don't get it.

Like, the Fertita's aren't going to come down and thank you for your dedication you dopey tards. They are going to chortle all the way to the bank while the fighters, more and more fighters, will retire with very little.

I suppose the NFL style use and abuse is what gets fans off? Is that what I'm lead to belive with the legion of simpletons telling us how wicked fighters have it??

Again. I don't get it. Treat the fighters like your friends and family. Treat them like your training partners. Treat them like people you have respect for, not tools that are whittled away at the whim of mega wealthy casino owners. If you're THAT much of a fan, you will support the true heroes of the sport - the fighters, not the wealthy businessmen looking to cash in on the latest sporting fad.

 


Given the high turnover rate & the parity across almost every division what do you propose they do? You can't guarantee contracts to fighters who aren't draws and are only 1-2 fights away from the smaller promotions. If Zuffa tried to treat their roster like family they would make no money & up and coming talent would hardly get through the door.

You have to win in the UFC to advance your pay. And if you win fights in exciting fashion you can become a draw & make more. Yes it is a cutthroat business, but if you don't acknowledge that before you get in then you are stupid.

MMA & combat sports in general are extremely risky. You have the potential of long-term head injury greatly diminishing quality of life, you have wear & tear tearing apart knees, backs, etc., and then you have the fact that most likely you'll end up broke. If you think you can make money in MMA then you had better be really good, you had better win fights, and in Kennedy's case, both Luke Rockhold and Jacare beat him in title fights.

I get that a lot of fighters get the shaft, and as a fan it's kind of appalling to know that BLAF spends his free time gambling away massive amounts of money while some guys can't pay the bills, but it's the fighters who are going to have to change shit, not Zuffa. Rather than attacking Zuffa what about attacking the likes of Randy Couture, who loves to complain about pay also, and why he's not out there trying to garner support for a union? The fighters will have to come together to make any changes, all Zuffa is doing right now is making them earn it & providing opportunity.
Great post. I agree a union is the best solution. They could set a minimum entry into the 'big show' above the 6/6 or 12/12 or whatever it is now and put in place a few minimum safety nets for fighters. Like they can't get cut after 1 loss or something like that so it gives them a chance to try and be different if they aren't usually great finishers etc.... its exactly what they need. Even blaf has said he doesn't care if they do because he has to deal with someone all the time anyhow. (Meaning management) and with the culinary union as they are the perfect time to make one in the ufc and get whatever they want is basically now! (The Fertittas won't want to seem anti union in any way) Phone Post
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I could totally understand if Zuffa was under the pump... If we were in an industry struggling eg manufacturing - but we aren't. It's not SEG in the UFC 20-30 era here... A select few are making HUGE amounts of cash at the physical expense of the people entertaining the fans.

Don't fantasize about a modern day Django Unchained with the Fertita's playing the part of DiCaprio. Break the paradigm. Reward the true heroes.

 

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God I love these threads... An opportunity for the sociopathic 'fans' to express how little they care for the blood sweat and tears shed by what they say to be their heroes.

As someone who used to be called a UFC shill with abandon on here, the lengths folks will go to back the Fertita's pocketing millions why fighters can barely pay for expenses... Is sickening to the core.

No fighters - no UFC.


Thread should be closed after this.

Based on many of these threads either people a. trolling. b. paid zuffa posters or C. Are so miserable in their own lives heaven forbid someone make more money than them.

I can't believe the so called fans on this site crucifying a man that is a professional mma fighter who wants to be paid more to support his family. How dare him.

The bottom line is zuffa and even dana are swimming in money based of the blood sweat and tears (not to mention brain cells) of these fighters. They just need to spread the love a little more. When the president of the company has enough money to blow 200k in gambling in a single night than there is something wrong with this picture.

I just don't get it.

Like, the Fertita's aren't going to come down and thank you for your dedication you dopey tards. They are going to chortle all the way to the bank while the fighters, more and more fighters, will retire with very little.

I suppose the NFL style use and abuse is what gets fans off? Is that what I'm lead to belive with the legion of simpletons telling us how wicked fighters have it??

Again. I don't get it. Treat the fighters like your friends and family. Treat them like your training partners. Treat them like people you have respect for, not tools that are whittled away at the whim of mega wealthy casino owners. If you're THAT much of a fan, you will support the true heroes of the sport - the fighters, not the wealthy businessmen looking to cash in on the latest sporting fad.

 


Given the high turnover rate & the parity across almost every division what do you propose they do? You can't guarantee contracts to fighters who aren't draws and are only 1-2 fights away from the smaller promotions. If Zuffa tried to treat their roster like family they would make no money & up and coming talent would hardly get through the door.

You have to win in the UFC to advance your pay. And if you win fights in exciting fashion you can become a draw & make more. Yes it is a cutthroat business, but if you don't acknowledge that before you get in then you are stupid.

MMA & combat sports in general are extremely risky. You have the potential of long-term head injury greatly diminishing quality of life, you have wear & tear tearing apart knees, backs, etc., and then you have the fact that most likely you'll end up broke. If you think you can make money in MMA then you had better be really good, you had better win fights, and in Kennedy's case, both Luke Rockhold and Jacare beat him in title fights.

I get that a lot of fighters get the shaft, and as a fan it's kind of appalling to know that BLAF spends his free time gambling away massive amounts of money while some guys can't pay the bills, but it's the fighters who are going to have to change shit, not Zuffa. Rather than attacking Zuffa what about attacking the likes of Randy Couture, who loves to complain about pay also, and why he's not out there trying to garner support for a union? The fighters will have to come together to make any changes, all Zuffa is doing right now is making them earn it & providing opportunity.
Great post. I agree a union is the best solution. They could set a minimum entry into the 'big show' above the 6/6 or 12/12 or whatever it is now and put in place a few minimum safety nets for fighters. Like they can't get cut after 1 loss or something like that so it gives them a chance to try and be different if they aren't usually great finishers etc.... its exactly what they need. Even blaf has said he doesn't care if they do because he has to deal with someone all the time anyhow. (Meaning management) and with the culinary union as they are the perfect time to make one in the ufc and get whatever they want is basically now! (The Fertittas won't want to seem anti union in any way) Phone Post

And also, if there were a UFC fighter's union/association it would be a death knell to any real serious domestic or international competition. You're never going to have an MMA-wide union, there isn't enough money there to make it happen & the fighters paying out their dues aren't going to want to cover a bunch of guys who they don't feel are good enough to ever put money back in the pot. Bellator certaintly afford to participate in anything like that, nor would they try. A union in the UFC pretty much clears the final hurdle on their way to global dominance, I mean really don't think Zuffa would fight that hard against it.

The only thing is that you can't expect an NBA/MLB type percentage share, it's unrealistic, because the big sports organizations don't have to produce anything themselves, they actually get paid completely obscence, almost unfathomable amounts of money to let other networks do just about everything else for them. I don't know much about other sports, but in MLB I know they basically just sit there all day and print money, and neither MMA as a sport nor the UFC brand are anywhere near that scale.
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I couldn't possibly agree more with a fighter's union. It's just a shame the word 'union' has been demonized to the extent it has in the States.

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Porkchop - I get voted down in this place for speaking the truth. Wonder why I don't give a shit about green arrows? This is why.
Sounds like you do care.

Nerd. Phone Post 3.0

Sounds like you might be retarded....
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Porkchop - MMA does pay shitty. It's not like other MMA orgs pay more than the UFC.

If you aren't in it for the glory and you are just in it for money, you are fighting for the wrong reasons.

LOL.  This is professional prize fighting.  If you AREN'T in it for the money, you are in it for the wrong reasons.


Wrong. There are lots of other jobs you can make far more money at, much more easily. If you don't like this job, and you're doing it for years, you're a fool.

This. Macedawgg is way off base.

You have to be realistic. Not everyone is going to clean up with pay.

And mark my words, when these guys do all start to become rich, MMA will go the way of boxing and fall apart. The low pay system is all that is keeping MMA functioning right now. Desperate fighters and guys who can do it for almost no pay are what this sport needs to stay the way it is.

Start paying guys crazy money and the UFC will fall apart and we wont see the best vs the best anymore.

" Start paying guys crazy money and the UFC will fall apart and we wont see the best vs the best anymore."


Exactly, Porkchop, great point! Same reason I hope MLB, NFL, NBA and the NHL never get to the point where they have minimum salaries in the $1,000,000 range... they'll all fall apart. We'll no longer see the best vs. the best.

Gone will be the days of seeing world class athletes like Lebron James, A-Rod and RG III facing off against Kobe Bryant, Justin Verlander and DeMarcus Ware.

It's a well known fact in any industry, the more you pay people, the more attractive you make the job, the most qualified... the best of the best.. those people will immediately lose interest and seek a job offering less pay and more modest benefits.

I don't know if you are currently employed but if not, I'd suggest sending a resume directly to the POTUS and see about getting in on turning the economy around. I bet you have some awesome ideas on turning the economy around.

Why do some people think that fighting is comparable to team sports or any sport that isn't a combat sport?

You want to see what will happen? Look at boxing.

Wanna see Mayweather and Pacquiao fight in their primes? Too late. Didn't happen and that fight might never happen.

Know why? They are rich as fuck and have giant brand names to look out for. They aren't fighters as much as they are CEO's.

You need to stop talking this shit about team sports, it's a waste of everyone's time.

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