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UFC 263 Fighter Pay

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  1. laz0001 I like learning things

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    Israel Adesanya: $500,000 (no win bonus)
    Marvin Vettori: $350,000

    Brandon Moreno: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
    Deiveson Figueiredo ($210,000)

    Leon Edwards: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus)
    Nate Diaz ($250,000)

    Belal Muhammad: $160,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
    Demian Maia ($175,000)

    Paul Craig: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
    Jamahal Hill ($28,000)

    Brad Riddell: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
    Drew Dober ($87,000)

    Eryk Anders: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
    Darren Stewart ($45,000)

    Lauren Murphy: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
    Joanne Calderwood ($51,000)

    Movsar Evloev: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
    Hakeem Dawodu ($55,000)

    Pannie Kianzad: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
    Alexis Davis ($43,000)

    Terrance McKinney: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
    Matt Frevola ($23,000)

    Steven Peterson: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
    Chase Hooper ($37,000)

    Fares Ziam: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
    Luigi Vendramini ($15,000)

    Carlos Felipe: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
    Jake Collier ($28,000)

    TOTAL SALARY: $3.1M
    AVERAGE SALARY = $111K
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    Is it still valid to complain about fighter pay?

    There are ELEVEN fighters who made $100k+. And factored against 'name' value - pay seems to be very fairly distributed. If you paid Adesanya $5M+, then nobody else would get any money? Only 1 fighter making less than $20k.

    Go back about 100 UFCs and here are the salaries:

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    UFC 162
    Chris Weidman: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
    def. Anderson Silva: $600,000

    Frankie Edgar: $240,000 (includes $120,000 win bonus)
    Charles Oliveira: $21,000

    Tim Kennedy: $90,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
    Roger Gracie: $50,000

    Mark Munoz: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
    Tim Boetsch: $37,000

    Cub Swanson: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
    Dennis Siver: $33,000

    Andrew Craig: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
    Chris Leben: $51,000

    Norman Parke: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
    Kazuki Tokudome: $8,000

    Gabriel Gonzaga: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
    Dave Herman: $23,000

    Edson Barboza: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
    Rafaello Oliveira: $14,000

    Brian Melancon: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
    Seth Baczynski: $16,000

    Mike Pierce: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
    David Mitchell: $10,000

    Two fighters making $100K+, 5 on less than $20k

    TOTAL SALARY: $1.6M
    AVERAGE SALARY: $67K

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    Go back another 100 UFCs and fighter pay was terrible:

    -Matt Hughes: $130,000
    -BJ Penn: $50,000

    -Jens Pulver: $30,000
    -Rashad Evans: $24,000
    -Mike Swick: $14,000
    -Melvin Guillard: $10,000
    -Jason Lambert: $9,000
    -David Loiseau: $9,000
    -Joe Lauzon: $6,000
    -Gabe Ruediger: $3,000

    -Tyson Griffin: $14,000
    -Jorge Gurgel: $10,000
    -Roger Huerta: $6,000
    -Danny Abaddi: $5,000
    -Eddie Sanchez: $4,000
    -Jason Dent: $3,000
    -Mario Neto: $3,000
    -David Lee: $2,000

    TOTAL SALARY: $332,000
    AVERAGE SALARY: $18k

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    I think we shouldn't overlook that the UFC has had a smart business model, kept going nearly 30 years, even through really tough times like COVID and has definitely increased fighter pay. Maybe they would have gone out of business if they had splashed the cash around more liberally?

    Thoughts?!
     
  2. rodkek Banned Banned

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    10k<Lmaoo>the greed
     
  3. sampuncher Red Belt

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    All I'm seeing is UFC raising the wages due to inflation.

    Average salary gone up nearly 100k but you won't hear fighters thanking Dana for that.

    <{danawhoah}>
     
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  4. MMAProfessional Golden Belt

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    Fighter pay could be better but in terms of MMA the UFC is the place to be. The only fighters who seem to make out at Bellator are fighters the UFC are done with and not willing to pay 100k to fight anymore like Rory and the recent releases. That and Stephen Bonnar. Not sure what the UFC paid him at his peak but it's hard t believe it was close to 200k or whatever Bellator paid him to fight Tito. If you look at guys that aren't top 5 in Bellator they get paid similar to the fighters in UFC 100.
     
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  5. The UFC Brander Collector Team Fabia

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    Oliveira with 21k at UFC 162
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  6. brownsmith76 Green Belt

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    The undercard pay is decent, but this was just one event.

    Going from 20% of revenue to 30% would raise fighter salaries by 50%. This would be a much better pay structure.
     
  7. BonesWinckleJones Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Total disgrace,Lauren murphy getting 140k ? why so high?
     
  8. fullspar Banned Banned

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    How do some of these fighter live?

    At least Brimage set himself up as a LLC, I hope other fighters do for tax purposes. Living on $10k-$15k, what? 2-3 times a year max, if you are lucky.
    Must be tough, running costs of being an MMA fighter are not cheap
     
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  9. Fatback96 Black Belt

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    Jamahal Hill only made $28k to get his arm dislocated. That sucks.

    Dana was probably in the back like, “pop that sh*t back into place, our insurance doesn’t cover that.”
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  10. Raymundo Alvarado Guevara Purple Belt

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    Fuck, It is less than I expect
     
  11. rear naked ankle pick not very good poster

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    double yellow? so sad, bud!!

    get well soon {<redford}
     
  12. Dreyga2000 Red Belt

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    It’s not due to inflation it’s due to revenue share. It’s true that fighter pay is fixed at 20% percent but that also means fighter pay increases on line with revenue increases.

    Example: UFC’s overall revenue has increased by 600% as such fighter pay has increased by 600%
     
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  13. Fergelmince Red Belt

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    Aren't the fighters getting 18%-19% of gross revenues in 2021 like they were in 2013?
     
  14. Zebra Cheeks 2 Cheeks And A Soda Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    $1 now is not worth what it was when jens pulver was fighting. That’s back when $20 was a big deal and we still had VHS rental stores lmao.

    In all seriousness I think fighter pay is scaling relatively well. I don’t expect instantaneous change. I’d still like to see more for the ground level guys. I think it’s healthy is guys feel like once they’ve made the ufc they have officially “gone pro” and don’t need side gigs etc. that’s my main desire. Id like to see every athlete competing in the ufc focusing entirely on fighting. If they want a side gig like Stipe just to stay busy, fine, so be it. But I’d like them to have the option
     
  15. Sinedd Orange Belt

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    So Nate sits out forever only to make less than someone with a fraction of his name value (Arlovski) all while giving out advice on how to get paid...
     
  16. Dreyga2000 Red Belt

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    Yeah but revenue in 2013 was 483 million and revenue in 2020 was over 900 million.

    Which means fighter pay has almost doubled.
     
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    Only when a bunch of UFC business expenses are added in as “fighter pay.”

    The actual fighter pay is 15 percent
     
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  19. Fergelmince Red Belt

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    But the cost of USADA administration isn't free, and the fighters benefit. So that's fair to include that cost in fighter pay. Just kidding.
     
  20. Fergelmince Red Belt

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    But the percentage continues to be the same?
     

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