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.


[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.


[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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