Don't kill me if this has already been done to boredom. This post came about because of a stupid post on YouTube. Somebody there said that the reason there are fewer fighters in the NHL today is because they have all gone to MMA. I did not correct him. Anyway, there are 690 players on the NHL roster. The minimum salary is US $450,000 per season. Four fights a year is a lot in the UFC. You would have to make $112,500 per fight. $4bn is a lot of money. But perhaps not if you pay little in salaries. The UFC may be a shitty organization in many ways, but it is a great business. Many pro teams in the USA are not even seen as businesses by their billionaire owners, but as a hobby. Steve Balmer did not buy the LA Clippers to get rich. If money was all he wanted, he could just as well have bought Apple stocks. Yes, this post is a knock against the UFC's treatment of its fighters. But also that its cheapness makes it a highly profitable business, perhaps unrivaled in the business world. If a corporation makes 5-10% profit, it is considered solid earnings. Hollywood is said to do 5% and nobody there seems to be complaining. Major league sports teams are no different. PS. For those who do not follow the NHL, the number of fighters in the league has gone down because the league has cracked down on fighting. It wants to be a family-oriented league, like the NBA and NFL. Since there is virtually no fighting in the league, there is no reason for teams to carry a couple of enforcers. If less talented Canadians hockey players are turning to MMA, it’s not because of MMA, but because they simply do not cut it in the NHL.