Connelly's situation has nothing to do with the UFC paying well.
He got a portion of his opponent's purse because Pereira missed wieght AND he got his half of the FOTN bonus also because Pereira missed weight and was no longer eligible.
The UFC was not going out of their way to be generous in the least other than by calling that slppy ass fight FOTN. It was entertaining and I'm glad to see a new guy getting paid a decent paycheck for once because it is a rarity in MMA but this whole situation had nothing to do with generosity., it was merely an abnormal set of circumstances and the UFC followed their own rules.
Case in point: this guy can fight again next week and he isn't going to get paid $125k for it, he'll be back to 10/10 + $3500 for being a Reebok billboard and not having the opportunity to find his own sponsors.
Yes, he'll most likely be back to 10/10 + $3500 next fight, but that's more than he'll make anywhere else at this point. Is bellator, one or combate america going to sign him and pay him more at this point? No. On top of that he will have the opportunity to get a performance again, and more importantly, the chance to earn a better contract if he keeps performing well.
I'm not sying it's bad per se I realize Bellator and other places get away with much worse and nobody says anything about it. I guess in some ways it's good that guys can get paid at all if that is really what people love to do but not too long ago dudes were fighting for 1000/1000 and 1500/1500 at bellator prelims and warming up oncardboard on some grass before the fights, not a great look for a company thatr can also afford to pay people $500k if their name is big enough. It's none of my business but I would like to see people that make it to the UFC at least get paid enough that they can afford their basic living expenses plus a little bit and be able to train full time at a real gym with all of the various things they need to be able and ready to fight year round. It would be nice if people got a basic salary for living expenses and then it was up to them to be ready to fight x-times per year, maybe if they miss too many in a row they get cut or whatever. I don't know how exactly you do it but the people that make it ot the highest level should get compensated enough that they can be full time professional fighters. That's what it means to make it to the 'big leagues' in other sports. I know, this isn't really a sport, but lots of dumb people think it is and the UFC pushes that narrative to try to sanitize their blood money.
If they have 500 people on the roster and they gave everyone A $50K per year base salary that would be $25M. That's a good sized chunk of change but honestly it is something the UFC can actually easily afford with the profits they have historically posted. Easy to say when it's not my money but they try to act like they are ready for prime time then maybe they should step up to the plate and pay like they are. $50k base salary is peanuts compared to most major sports on TV.
Why do you keep comparing ufc pay to other sports? Prize fighting and teamsports are nothing alike.
Base salary? Come on man. Salary is in sports that have a set number of scheduled games. Not individual athletes performing in random events that are booked one at a time. Do professional golfers, bowlers, boxers or tennis players get paid a salary? The ufc is not a "league" like football, baseball or hockey. Its prize fighting which has a set structure that has been in place for hundreds of years.
You sound silly with these word games. How about this one? If Bellator, One and other organizations claim to be competing with the ufc then they should pay the same rates to their fighters. So why dont they all raise their minimum pay, give out incentive bonuses and pay their champs the same as well?