I read in the news today that the Ultimate Fighting Championship president, Dana White, was defending the UFC’s pay structure to the press. So I thought, these fighters get paid well,…i mean come on, lets look at the big picture; There is a TV show, The Ultimate Fighter, the fights and re-runs are plastered all over Spike TV and the pay-per-view events draw tens of millions home viewers, all of the events at the Mandalay Bay are sold out, drawing over $3 million dollars in sales alone!
So, with all that said, we can take it one step further. Chuck Liddell has become a house hold name as a bad ass street fighter in mixed martial arts fighting. Sobral isn’t as well known, but that fight drew over ten thousand (10,000) people to the events center in Las Vegas with 18 fights on the card. Okay, so I read on, and found out that there was a total of $407,000 paid total! with $207,000 of it deservedly going to Chuck Liddell. Okay, I am going to do the math.
$407k minus $207k equals: $200k to be split up
$207k divided by 17 fighters equals: $12,118 per fighter if it were split evenly.
Are you kidding me? It was speculated that the Hughes vs. Gracie fight generated at least $23.97 million dollars!
Dana White is quoted as saying “Everybody’s happy…they feel like they are a part of a very happy family.”
This makes me laugh out loud…a great example of strong talented fighters that could kick almost anyone’s ass in the world (certainly mine) and an intelligent business man exploiting them for all it is worth. Isn’t there a fighters union? Fuck, unions were created to stop corporate America from walking all over the little man, someone should get one going for these fighters…talented, hard working and under represented.