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Monday, 11/07/2011, 09:48 am

Dana White: We have made millionaires out of 40 UFC fighters

“From 2001-2006, we were almost $50 million in the hole. Over that time, not one fighter ever got paid late, no check bounced, no employee at Zuffa, ever. The Fertitta brothers funded this thing for that long. In 2006 we started turning a profit. From 2006-2011, I can’t remember what the number is, but it’s like 40-something millionaires. 40-something millionaires, 20-something multi, multimillionaires and the list goes on and on. That’s from 2006-2011. Boxing’s been around for 100 years. It was a mainstream sport before there was television. What we’ve been able to do, in that much time, is pretty phenomenal.”


50 Responses to “Dana White: We have made millionaires out of 40 UFC fighters”

  1. Mike Diaz says:

    Makes sense, then again, Im not the IRS……TEAM PENN !!!!!!!

  2. sgt thai clone says:

    paying MITRONE ten thousand a fight is a lot of money?????someone on TV or PPV should be getting no less than 25.000 the gate allways covers the fighters.let alone PPV Buys- tv rights-library =future sales Start spreading the wealth.

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      I’m sure they make money from sponsors and other deals besides what they get paid from gate receipts. Matt knows what he’s doing.

    • Willy McCoy says:

      Mitrione has stated he’s still on his contract from TUF, and is ok with getting 10k a fight. The UFC can’t predict how far they’ll get after the show. After all ,he DID lose before he reached the finale. Once his contract is re-negotiated, I’m sure his prize money will be raised significantly.

    • bruts says:

      did you know, that the public does not get to see the “locker room bonuses” given to every fighter no matter the out come of the fight, trust me every fighter who steps in the ring win or lose knock out or knocked out, they are making well over 25K and matt mitrione got 10k fight bonuses, not even locker bonuses he probably made 100k

    • Matt says:

      Hey moron, it’s called a contract. When his contract is due, after he fights however many fights he singed to fight at, he can re-negotiate his price. Till then, shut the fuck up till you know something.

  3. Mike says:

    What about the ealry days of Zuffa when they rinsed fighters like BJ for a couple of thousand to fight and a couple thousand for the win…

    • John says:

      You are an idiot. What does that have to do with anything? There was no money in the sport back then and the company was losing money. If they paid more in the early days.. UFC would have died and taken MMA with it.

      • Mike says:

        What John said…

      • Mike says:

        Shut the fuck up you doucebag. My point is valid, UFC exploits the majority of fighters paying them peanuts like they did BJ back in the day when at the same time Pedro Rizzo was getting over $250k per fight…Sure the top fighters are well paid but anyone outside of the top tier in each division is on a shit contract. The UFC will get away with paying whatever they can and they’ve bought up the likes of Strikeforce so they can monopolize the sport…

  4. Rafi Bomb, homie says:

    Maybe not boxing money just yet, but how about not paying them school lunch lady money? Hm? Yeah? Maybe?

  5. Cagin says:

    When matt hughes was champion, one advertisement on his shorts cost $50,000. That was back then!

    Could you imagine what they’re paying to advertise on Greases shorts? Or Silvas?

    • Weintraub says:

      they’re not really paying these guys more now than they were then.

      first off, the metrics are more precise, and wherein it used to be fly-by-night companies throwing adds on shorts, these days it’s larger companies trying to maximize value.

      second, there are more fighters/fights now than ever, and so ad dollars are spread out over more events.

      • zach says:

        ^ good point but that’s completely wrong look into shit before you comment, fighters are getting way more money now and just because they have more fighters to pay doesn’t mean they all get the same amount of money, it doesn’t matter if there’s more fighter when there is wayy more money involved,there contracts used to be not even close to a million now that’s less then alot of title holding fighters get

        • Delta says:

          He was talking about how much fighters get paid for ads on their shorts. It was in response to this, “When matt hughes was champion, one advertisement on his shorts cost $50,000. That was back then!

          “Could you imagine what they’re paying to advertise on Greases shorts? Or Silvas?”

          Not referring to how much the promotions pay the fighters. Or were you talking about sponsors? You really made it seem like you were talking about fighters’ purses.

    • Nick Diaz says:

      Greasing allegations were disproved. Stop hating on GSP just your girlfriends thinks he’s hotter than your fat asses.

  6. mmaninja says:

    Wow. I realize this is, but you nuthuggers are still talking about the lame “greasegate” crap? GSP won that fight fair and square….he would have won of he has sticky two all over his body, get real and accept that BJ lost, because you wound pathetic. How about we talk about how terrible Diaz made him look. I was rooting for BJ, but it was a pretty sad showing. Mitrione isn’t a huge name yet, which is when the bigger money comes. Dana has a great point and I truly feel that MMA will continue to grow and eventually overtake boxing as the #1 combat sport in the world. I like BJ, so no need for toughguys to talk smack, I’m not an E-Thug, just call it like it is.

  7. mmaninja says:

    *if he had sticky tar all over his body….

  8. Anthony says:

    The Bottom line is, MMA fighters don’t get paid anything close to any other top proffesional athletes. I understand MMA doesn’t have make NFL or NBA type money yet, but when you compare how much the UFC makes in profit on every event to how much it pays the fighters I think fighters have a right to be upset. Floyd Mayweather made more money in his last fight than all UFC fighters made combined in the last year. I’m not saying fighters should be asking for millions and millions of dollars per fight, but I think a more equadable revenue split would be in order.

    • tkdwes says:

      How does that make any sense? The NBA, NFL and NHL have multiple games per season, have their own specialty channels, have room for advertising with commercials, can sell tickets to every single one of their games and the NHL alone has more than 2400 games a season to draw revenue from. The UFC maybe has 25 events a year to draw all this money to pay all their fighters, cover production costs, pay their staff and put into development not to mention make a profit. I’d say they are paying just fine, once a fighter proves that they are worth the money, they make it. Boxing is wrong to pay a boring fighter 25 million dollars, it’s outrageous and won’t be happening much longer if boxing continues down its current path. Once the UFC is doing 50+ events a year in multiple countries with multiple programs on cable television we will be able to make a case for more money for athletes.

  9. Long-Strong says:

    yeah… and these people don’t have to pay for other things like gym fees, trainer and corner fees, equipment, living cost… Matt Mittrione got paid 10,000 for a hard fight while Brandon Vera got paid 120,000 for that bullshit performance….

  10. David says:

    Brandon vera sucks

  11. Eric they are making a says:

    Yes the UFC has done well by the fighters(by all accounts they saved the sport), and I’m sure they will continue to do great things, but A LOT more has to be done and in particular with fighters on the lower levels. The UFC is not just generating revenue at the gate, I’d suspect they are bringing in substantial amounts with merchandise………..little GSP and NOG are there right beside the WWE characters in Wal Mart…….they’re making a lot of coin.

  12. Jimbo says:

    Well all you see every season on TUF is guys breaking their balls for this “small money” All it would take is for this fighters to say to the contract. But none will. All those other sports have grossly overpaid idiots.

  13. mmahawk says:

    Funny….but none of you guys are drawing a check from the UFC, and from what I have seen, not one fighter has come forward and actually spoken about their pay, aside form Diaz, who I am convinced if he were making 2 Mil a fight would still find a way to hate on it.

    Speaking for myself only, these guys have to be getting paid something more than a show and win money from their contract. With all the money out there, no one just just getting a beatdown for 10K a night. It’s just not logical in today’s environment and with all the money that the UFC is making. I just don’t see anyone taking doing it for what you guys think their doing it for. Not in this day and age. 15 years ago…okay…..but not today.

    I can’t speak for any other promotions either….but I wish a contracted UFC fighter would actually put this to rest and say, without getting specific about the numbers, could that’s none of my damn business, how good or bad the pay is.

  14. Hendrix says:

    A true fighter doesn’t cry about the money or lack of it….if ya wanna make the big bucks win the damn fights and the money will come….otherwise hit the streets where it all began and make shit.

  15. KingGareth says:

    Dana makes sense.

  16. Everybody has worked hard to make the UFC a success.. Fagtitas white and all the fighters!

  17. Hawkzeyes says:

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. UFC rocks and will only get better.

  18. joe2 says:

    everybody stop talkin trash, i bhet there are quote a few of us that would take a beating for ten grand

  19. Guz says:

    Chuck Liddell has got to be #1 on that list of multi-millionaires right?

    Who else is on that list?
    Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Matt Hughes?

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