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5 Shocking Facts About The UFC Pay Scale

In the past few weeks the topic of UFC fighter pay has been a huge point of discussion.

Personally, I don’t really see anything wrong with the UFC’s model or how they conduct their business. If it wasn’t for the sport’s popularity, that they built, I wouldn’t have this amazing job that I have and none of you would be reading this.

That being said, these 5 statistics are very eye-opening.

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[1] Did you know the worst bench warmer on the worst Women’s NBA team makes double what the average entry-level UFC fighter does?

[2] How about this, there was a UFC event in 2013 in which, apparently, the highest guaranteed pay on the card was $30k/$30k.

[3] Did you know, a fighter received only $12,000 in disclosed pay while fighting for a title and main-eventing a Pay-Per-View, this year?

[4] The median average wage for a top 15 fighter in the UFC is just $30,500 per year.

[5] Floyd Mayweather, in the 12 months between summer 2011 and summer 2012, made approximately four times more in guaranteed salary than the entire UFC roster combined. He fought twice.

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[1] Minimum pay in WNBA is $37,950 for the year. The average new UFC fighter will fight twice per year, and make $12k-$20k in disclosed salary total. Average fighter going 1-1 will make $18k-$20k.
[2] According to payout information on MMA Manifesto
[3] Liz Carmouche vs Ronda Rousey, UFC 157
[4] The forest and the Trees, Bloody Elbow
[5] Disclosed UFC fighter Salary for 2011 was $23.6m. Mayweather’s guaranteed income from his 2 fights in 2011-2012 was $85m

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  1. TrueStory says:

    lol. True story bro, Dana White explained this in a interview saying fighter’s don’t reveal what they are really paid but it’s not from the UFC, Dana White was referring to there combined income with, sponsors, IF they got a fight of the night/knockout etc bonus, and there TV pay. But in reality the UFC is scamming these mother f’ers being a filthy rich company getting 2bil a year and probably paying fighter’s 30-50m in total throughout the year. People go on to say boxing is dead when BOXING pay’s fighter’s MILLIONS every fight. On top of it WITH there bonus’s from other things serpate. So how is Boxing dead if they rake in MORE than UFC and pay MORE than UFC does. All bs MMA fans are MMA fans boxing is boxing, you’s don’t know Sh1t about eachother and UFC is scamming the F out of fighter’s lol… Mayweather’s manager even spoke out to Dana White saying he’d be happy to give fighter’s a free seminar on what PPV share should be. So like I said, True story bro.

  2. BT says:

    The problem is……they keep fighting. Dan Hardy said it very well, “There are 100 guys who would do my job for FREE.”

    He’s right. People need to relearn labor economics.

  3. The natural says:

    Ur an idiot for agreeing with hardy so I would play bb for a pro team for free so players should get paid less. How about football I would love to play qb shit ill do it for free lets stop paying millions wen joe smoe will do it for free.think about it. This is the only reason ufc will not b allowed in ny. No union and there underpaying athletes by millions of dollars and there basically a monopoly profiteering off the success of others ufc will run there self into the ground they keep it up

  4. BT says:

    Comparing the UFC to the NFL isn’t accurate. There is no team structure in combat sports (IFL tried, failed.) Also, it has a vastly smaller viewer base, doesn’t have 15+ games a week selling 60,000+ tickets airing on several networks with massive advertising campaigns investing in their programing.

    The reason nobody will let you play QB (besides you suck compared to Tom Brady) is that those players and coaches have bargaining power.

    People will pay to see GSP so he makes more money. ~95% of the UFC is replaceable. The ones who aren’t, make more money because they have bargaining power.
    If there weren’t a near unlimited number of replacements why would these fighters keep performing for “peanuts?” Here’s something to get you started; Labor economics,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labour_economics

    MMA being allowed in NY is a multi-faceted issue, and I guarantee the politicians DO NOT care about fighter pay. Thinking only one aspect is preventing progress is ignorant.

    I can’t tell whether its a lack of common sense, or education when I read garbage on the internet.

  5. squid says:

    that’s f’d up, but sadly thats the way it is… these fighters should get paid more. they sacrifice alot and i respect what they do. idk it’s not up to me to decide, tho.

  6. Keonis cousin says:

    Boxing pays fighters millions every fight? Yes top 3 percent! Other than that they make 97% of them a few hundred to a few thousand

  7. BT says:

    Comparing the UFC to the NFL isn’t accurate. There is no team structure in combat sports (IFL tried, failed.) Also, it has a vastly smaller viewer base, doesn’t have 15+ games a week selling 60,000+ tickets airing on several networks with massive advertising campaigns investing in their programing.

    The reason nobody will let you play QB (besides you suck compared to Tom Brady) is that those players and coaches have bargaining power.

    People will pay to see GSP so he makes more money. ~95% of the UFC is replaceable. The ones who aren’t, make more money because they have bargaining power.
    If there weren’t a near unlimited number of replacements why would these fighters keep performing for “peanuts?” Google Labor Economics and try to learn something.

    MMA being allowed in NY is a multi-faceted issue, and I guarantee the politicians DO NOT care about fighter pay. Thinking only one aspect is preventing progress is ignorant.

    I can’t tell whether its a lack of common sense, or education when I read garbage on the internet.

  8. no gi bjj says:

    BT!!! dude drops some serious knowledge, mad respect.

  9. Ddddddddd says:

    I wonder why Fallon Fox didn’t play basketball?

    • K2 says:

      Because a man dunking on a woman is unthinkable and disgusting. On the other hand, man beating up a woman is….

  10. JiuJitsuHeyZues says:

    NFLPA, NBAPA, NHLPA, MLBPA, MMA……when the fighters create a union that can get some stuff done, or go on strike, then things may change. At the moment all fighters are independant contractors, meaning you are your own Franchise, when teams suck and have no fan base the team goes under and thats what these guys are teams playing in the UFC. If you can do well and make your franchise valuable then you will get paid, if not you will flop.
    Personally these guys whining in the media are all bums or boring fighters so it stands to reason that they would make minimal salary. I mean if you were popular you would be super paid by Nike, and Burgerking lol

    oh and Boxing is a JOKE! on its deathbed for a long time being kept alive by the dream that we would one day see mayweather and Manny Slug it out. but the fact remains that there are maybe 5 boxers in the world that more than 50 people and theyre mom care about. Boxing will die with Mayweathers september 14th Loss to Canelo!!!

  11. Ray Jr. says:

    I don’t understand why people believe that these people desire millions and millions of dollars. It’s their choice to fight or play basketball or football etc. The problem lies in society where a great deal of people have turn these individuals into icons or “Gods” and believe that their tales are worth millions. I think Floyd Mayweather is awesome but I don’t think he desires 50 plus million dollars to go punch someone in the face. Nor, do I believe Robert Downey Jr desires it either because can play “Iron Man.” Too me it’s appalling that people of sport or movies or music believe that they desire millions upon millions of dollars. But I also have a people with the 1% that pays themselves 40x more then their lowest employee. I think people need to sit down and rethink how big a million dollars really is.

  12. greg says:

    its their career choice…

  13. Inyoface says:

    Upcoming young fighters might want to take a look at boxing instead of mma.

  14. JR Christ says:

    I’ll take the WNBA any day of the week. #Notsmart peoplesproblem

  15. Sugar Poneybear says:

    Boo hoo, fight more than twice a year and actually come to fight instead of dryhumping your opponent to death, and maybe you’d get paid. I agree with the pay scale, lazy half-assed fighters need to step their shit up and noobs need to prove themselves. This is fighting, not football, whats up with all these entitled divas?

  16. fassbenderrules says:

    That’s because MMA fighters are all morons. If they weren’t in the UFC they’d be working in factories or some other brainless jobs.

  17. DanUFC says:

    What a crock of s**t. Here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB9obzo05CM is Matt Riddle saying he gets £75,000 a year for 3 fights plus £25,000 per fight for winning. Thats a possible £150,000 a year without sponsors and without any other bonuses (fight of the night etc) Here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLnRXEa9wDc is Dana White confirming the same. Also Matt doesnt even have to fight, if he is injured or his opponent pulls out, he STILL gets paid. ALSO Matt has never even featured on a main card, he is a preliminary fighter! and STILL earns that much!!! How the f**k can you say UFC fighters dont get paid enough?

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