MMA fans are probably the reason why MMA is still one of the lowest paying professional sports . MMA is not even in the top 40 for pay for athletes. Most minor leagues out pay MMA. The average player in MLS makes almost 150,000 a year. With the marque players well over 4 million a year. And the MLS is really not that popular. If MMA doent die out of popularity it realistically could be well over 10 more years before the pay increases substantially.