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Dan Hardy Chimes In On Fighter Compensation And Why Fighters Are Devalued

“Well, fighter pay is really a strange situation, because there’s such a vast difference in the guys that are on the first three fights of a card and the guys on the last three fights of a card. The guys on the lower end are seeing what the main card guys are doing and thinking, ‘Well, I’m doing all the same stuff that they’re doing, sacrificing just as much.’ They’re spending just as much on their training camp, but they’re not getting the same kind of compensation.

The problem is that the fighters are in a situation where we don’t really have a great deal of options, as far as bargaining power. There are 100 guys that would step in and do my job for free. That kind of devalues us. There aren’t any options as far as where we can go and what we can do.

With the sponsor fees, it really limits what we can do outside the sport, as well. It’s just a very difficult situation to be in. I’m fortunate, because I live an inexpensive life. I’ve got a few Lego sets and a $7,000 muscle car. Those were my treats throughout my whole career. I’ve not really spent any money on anything else. I just don’t have expensive living costs.

There are fighters out there with kids and families. Now, with there being so many fighters, the guys aren’t getting three fights a year any more. It’s down to maybe two a year, and it all just comes back to not having many other options. I can understand that the UFC has a business model, and their lower tier fighters fare much better than pro boxers, but it’s just not enough to live on.

Training camps consume so much of our time and energy and expenses, as well. We effectively wind up fighting for nothing anyway. Unless you win the belt or break into that PPV buy cut, or are in the very top tier, you just can’t get by with it being your sole source of income.

Frankie Edgar recently fought and got a whole chunk of change. He fought really hard, and he deserves that money, but he didn’t start making that kind of money until he fought for and won a belt. I’ve fought for a belt, and I’m certainly not making anywhere near that kind of money.”

Former UFC welterweight title challenger, Dan Hardy, broke down the fighter pay issue to Bloodyelbow.com’s Steph Daniels.

Agree or disagree?

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27 Comments to Dan Hardy Chimes In On Fighter Compensation And Why Fighters Are Devalued

  1. reality and honesty says:

    I would agree with him and say that yes fighters do need to get paid more and I also do think sense it has been so far like this that the pay will keep increasing as it has. The lower tier do need to make more money to be able to cover expenses and everything and I think with all the fighters especially a fighter like Dan Hardy, who has been very loyal to UFC, they need fighters like him who are loyal and are not talking about money suddenly when they are released but as they are fighting and doing well that is what needs to happen. Is the fighters in the UFC and other big organizations need to talk about it instead of it just being the ones who have been released who are talking about it even if they do make a good point. Yes, it is very true that the lower tier UFC and mma fighters make much more per fight than a lower tier boxer that argument we have heard but in order to change this it needs to be fighters who are doing well who are talking about it again not just the ones who are released wanting better pay, if that all makes sense. I think the pay will keep increasing at a regular rate but if these things were to happen where it was legit guys who were talking about it not just ones who are being released then the increase of pay could be dramatic.

  2. Kingsforge says:

    The reason why those guys at the top are making all the money is because they’re the ones people are paying for. Without those guys then there’s no money at all. The lower tiers fighters wouldn’t get anywhere near what they do because they’d have to be doing local shows for pocket change.

    If you want to get paid in the fight business you have to make a name for yourself, whatever it takes.

  3. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    I’ve liked Hardy, but people like him and others who feel sorry for themselves are always the complainers. When he and others like him start talking, I’ll I hear is Whaaaa, whaaaaa, whaaa…Fukcin crybabies, if you don’t like it then do something about it to put yourself in a better place. Fukcin babies.

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