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Old 02-19-2014, 11:22 PM   #31
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I think a salary component is the best idea.

More money per fight is good and all, but if your opponent pulls out late notice and the fight is scratched you get nothing for it.

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Old 02-19-2014, 11:26 PM   #32
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That is a great idea
Though i would make it a 2 fight contract with a minimum of 15k to show

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Old 02-19-2014, 11:33 PM   #33
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10 to show 4 to win. There's your 10K minimum without adding a dime to the UFC's fighter pay expense.
Not the best math!

If you have two guys fighting for 7/7 vs 7/7 that's 21 in pay

If you have two guys fighting for 10/4 vs 10/4 that's 28 in pay

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Old 02-19-2014, 11:38 PM   #34
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I think a salary component is the best idea.

More money per fight is good and all, but if your opponent pulls out late notice and the fight is scratched you get nothing for it.
Sort of true, the UFC has a certain amount of time to put you on another card, if they can't then they have to pay you. I don't know if all states do it but the NASC does.

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Old 02-19-2014, 11:54 PM   #35
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A boxer who is not even ranked top 50 makes $30,000 in a undercard.

This is crazy. These MMA fighters struggle to get to the top because they still have to work full time and have to train with a average school schedule as Joe the Average Man does.

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Old 02-20-2014, 12:28 AM   #36
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If you read what Nate wrote in context, he's suggesting a base salary for newly signed fighters that guarantees you ~30k a year - or in other words, the most basic salary required to live a modest life.

In this respect, if you sign a new 3 fight contract, and are cut after your first appearance, the UFC still owes you the remainder of your show money for the two contracted fights you will not get.

His greater point was how many fighters he knows that are working as bartenders and such while signed to the biggest MMA org in the world, which means less prepared athletes and a lower common denominator for fight quality.

In my opinion Nate comes off entirely sane and reasonable with this concept, which would establish a base pay that doesn't break the bank but puts the lower end guys in a position to focus on fighting.
This would really only benefit non-UFC worthy fighters.

Doesnt help fighters who win fights, as they already make more than that. Doesn't help fans, as we'd be shown every fighter fight 3 times regardless of whether he's any good or not. And wouldn't help prospects as the UFC would be more wary about signing guys up to test them out if they were forced to pay them for a years worth of work.

Frankly, I don't see the point. The one group that would benefit is the one group the majority of us don't care about. I don't care whether a non-UFC caliber fighter gets paid a decent amount by the UFC. And I suspect I speak for most fans. The guys I want to see paid are the guys I'd actually want to watch fight. We should be focusing on what the elite and middle guys are getting paid. Not the guys who aren't good enough and are going to be going back to regular jobs like the rest of us anyway.

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