UnderGround Forums Tristan Connelly debunks "UFC doesn't pay well"

9/15/19 8:23 AM
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Tristan Connelly got his win bonus, 20% of Pereira's purse and both Fight of the Night bonuses. That's what one would call a good week.

 

9/15/19 8:26 AM
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9/15/19 8:31 AM
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Tristan Connelly:  $125,900 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus, $2,400 from Pereira for missing weight, $100,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $3,500 fight week incentive pay)

 

Sixth highest earner on the show. 

9/15/19 8:49 AM
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Good for him, seriously

9/15/19 8:55 AM
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10 to show and 10 to win????   Oh yeah...

UFC is emptying their pockets now!

9/15/19 9:01 AM
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cantuna4u -

10 to show and 10 to win????   Oh yeah...

UFC is emptying their pockets now!

He was a late replacement making his UFC debut and he had never fought in a big promotion in his life.

No promotion in the history of MMA would have paid a no-name late replacement who had never fought in a big show much more than that.

And yes I think UFC should pay a higher % of profits to fighters but this case does not highlight the issue.

9/15/19 9:10 AM
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He deserved it. He put on a great performance.
9/15/19 9:17 AM
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And if he lost and had no bonus his purse would only be 10k. That's too much variance to say the pay is good. It would be more accurate to say the pay has the potential to be good. 

 

9/15/19 9:24 AM
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he should have received a performance of the night bonus as well not just fight of the night 

9/15/19 9:27 AM
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Crowd was so loud during his post fight interview, no one could hear the name of his gym he was trying to promote.

 

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9/15/19 9:34 AM
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Glad to see Frankie Muniz keeping gainful employment.
9/15/19 9:43 AM
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Delighted for him, fantastic story. 

9/15/19 9:44 AM
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pretty awesome story. Guy takes a UFC fight on five days notice up a weight class against that doesn't even make that weight and wins and gets PAID.

9/15/19 10:02 AM
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Seems like a great guy...very happy for him. 

9/15/19 10:03 AM
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T?bikan J?dan - 

And if he lost and had no bonus his purse would only be 10k. That's too much variance to say the pay is good. It would be more accurate to say the pay has the potential to be good. 

 


This...

“When you talk about backroom bonuses and discretionary bonuses, they're awesome, they're cool, but it's not a steady salary, it's not promised," Henderson told Bleacher Report. "Some guys never get a bonus. It's all at the whim of the higher-ups. And you shouldn't have a problem paying your mortgage because of the whim of the higher-ups, because they didn't feel your fight was worthy of a bonus.

"That struck me as wrong. It's not right at all. Fighters are professional athletes. As much as we sacrifice, we shouldn't have to live hoping that we get a bonus, hoping that we did enough to impress them."

- Benson
9/15/19 10:52 AM
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Wow so if he had gone in there and lost like he was supposed to, he’d have gotten 10k +$2,400?

$12,400 is not proof that UFC pays well, I think the opposite actually. He was fortunate to get a bonus and doubly fortunate his opponent missed so he got it all. 

Yes it’s great for one weeks worth of work, but he can’t do that every week. 

9/15/19 2:35 PM
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cantuna4u -

10 to show and 10 to win????   Oh yeah...

UFC is emptying their pockets now!

You got to earn your way up for big paydays. 

 

Every combat bat sport does this. 

 

Are u new here?

9/15/19 3:52 PM
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Fucking good for him.... the mma gods have done good and took care of him. That makes me truly happy. He can likely pay off his gym or something and really get ahead in life now, plus the exposure it will get from him winning, and he’ll get a couple more fights now too. Good things happen to good people, I believe that and love when I see it happen 

9/15/19 4:15 PM
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T?bikan J?dan -

And if he lost and had no bonus his purse would only be 10k. That's too much variance to say the pay is good. It would be more accurate to say the pay has the potential to be good. 

 

He might not of got 100 grand but I bet he would have been taken care of. 

9/15/19 4:20 PM
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I wonder what that'll amount to after Canadian taxes

9/15/19 4:23 PM
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Michelle ahould have cut that extra pound

9/15/19 4:26 PM
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FrontBroRian - 
T?bikan J?dan - 

And if he lost and had no bonus his purse would only be 10k. That's too much variance to say the pay is good. It would be more accurate to say the pay has the potential to be good. 

 


This...

“When you talk about backroom bonuses and discretionary bonuses, they're awesome, they're cool, but it's not a steady salary, it's not promised," Henderson told Bleacher Report. "Some guys never get a bonus. It's all at the whim of the higher-ups. And you shouldn't have a problem paying your mortgage because of the whim of the higher-ups, because they didn't feel your fight was worthy of a bonus.

"That struck me as wrong. It's not right at all. Fighters are professional athletes. As much as we sacrifice, we shouldn't have to live hoping that we get a bonus, hoping that we did enough to impress them."

- Benson

9/15/19 4:28 PM
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nek - 

I wonder what that'll amount to after Canadian taxes


Not going into debt when he needs medical care?
9/15/19 4:29 PM
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jasperb - 
T?bikan J?dan -

And if he lost and had no bonus his purse would only be 10k. That's too much variance to say the pay is good. It would be more accurate to say the pay has the potential to be good. 

 

He might not of got 100 grand but I bet he would have been taken care of. 


What’s taken care of? And at who’s dicretion? And how sustainable is being “taken care of”over the years esp when Dana doesnt like u/need u anymore?
9/15/19 4:37 PM
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10k/10k  is the highest minimum pay level out of all mma organizations, but for some reasom people only want to bitch about the ufc pay level and not any other. Bellator has paid fighters 1.5k/1.5k which is ridiculous yet nobody on here says a word about that. Now wi come the obligatory "well the ufc is the biggest organization, blah blah blah" excuse makers.