UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon recently held a Q&A on Reddit, where he explained how a $15k fight-purse doesn’t leave him with much money after expenses.
“Lots of variables. Sometimes coaches get paid on a percentage, some are flat fees. Flights vary quite a bit in price… when I fly to Vegas its like $350 per flight, for Japan it was over $1400 per flight. I always take care of my coaches with flights (not giving them shitty/cheap flghts), etc.
“15K for a fight does not leave much money by the time you pay coaches, flights, medicals, taxes, etc.”
Lauzon was asked if the UFC paid for the flight, to which he replied, “UFC pays fighter plus 1. I have 3 corners and some other coaches/training partners though.”
In regards to his post-UFC future, Lauzon stated that he wants to “Play video games and eat terrible food. Yes, it’s the same thing I want to do now.”
“J-Lau” is one of the nicest guys in the “fight game” and it was good to see him give an honest assessment of UFC fighter pay and the expenses that go along with it.
By Chris Taylor