UFC vs SOCCER(Football) - comparing salaries of the top athletes from every country

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  1. nfp Banned Banned

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    Inspired by Dana's comment that UFC is bigger than the NFL and is neck and neck with soccer, also because of this thread where the discussion turned into a "surely MMA could beat soccer in this country" debate so I decided to draw up some stats

    http://forums.sherdog.com/forums/f2/showthread.php?t=2739849

    Here is a list of the highest paid fighters in the UFC per country compared to the highest paid Soccer player of that same country. The finds are interesting...(and hilarious)

    Note - Some of the fighters listed have only fought once in the last year so i tripled their show bonus as technically UFC have to pay you a minimum 3 times a year even if you only fought once or twice. GSP, Anderson and Jone's income also includes PPV bonuses based off of Couture's contract, everyone else is based on show, win and fight bonus money.

    Does not include sponsorship money

    Spoiler-ed as it is pretty long
    USA
    Clint Dempsey - $6.7m
    Jon Jones - $4m

    Brazil
    Neymar - $20m
    Anderson Silva - $7.7m

    Canada
    Georges St-Pierre - $7.4m
    Atiba Hutchinson - $2m


    UK
    Wayne Rooney - $25.5m
    Michael Bisping - $700k

    Australia
    Luke Wilkshire - $6m
    Anthony Perosh - $134k

    New Zealand
    Winston Reid - $3.2m
    Mark Hunt - $510k

    Sweden
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic - $20.6m
    Alexander Gustafsson - $450k

    Netherlands
    Robin van Persie - $16.7m
    Alistair Overeem - $570k

    Mexico
    Javier Hernandez - $6.5m
    Erik Perez - $51k

    Russia
    Yuri Zhirkov - $5.5m
    Khabib Nurmagomedov - $90k

    Japan
    Shinji Kagawa - $8.3m
    Takeya Mizugaki - $120k

    South Korea
    Song Heung Min - $4.7m
    Dong Hyun Kim - $246k

    Iceland
    Gylfi Sigurdsson - $4.7m
    Gunnar Nelson - $48k

    Czech Republic
    Petr Cech - $8.8m
    Viktor Pesta - hasn't fought yet, but is on 10/10k

    Turkey
    Nuri Sahin - $4.2m
    Alptekin Ozkilic - $35k

    Ireland
    Robbie Keane - $4.5m
    Conor McGregor - $104k

    Nigeria
    John Obi Mikel - $5.7m
    Anthony Njokuani - $36k

    Belgium
    Eden Hazard - $14.9m
    Tarec Saffiedine - $150k

    Poland
    Robert Lewandowski - $15.1m
    Piotr Hallman - $80k

    South Africa
    Kagisho Dikgacoi - $1.1m
    Ruan Potts - 36k

    Singapore
    Sharil Ishak - $280k
    Royston Wee - $48k

    The Philippines
    Stephan Schrock - $800k
    Mark Eddiva - $36k

    Israel
    Yossi Benayoun - $4.2m
    Noad Lahat - $30k

    German
    Philip Lahm - $13.7m
    Denis Siver - $149k

    Iraq
    Younis Mahmoud - $1.4m
    Alan Omer - $36k

    Finland
    Teemu Pukki - $1.1m
    Tom Niinimaki - $48k

    Cuba
    Hector Lombard - $300k
    Osvaldo Alonso - $185k


    Croatia
    Luka Modric - $11.4m
    Igor Pokraiac - $76k

    Ukraine
    Marko Devic - $3.2m
    Nikita Krylov - $48k

    Armenia
    Henrikh Mkhitaryan - $4.8m
    Gegard Mousasi - $220k

    Bulgaria
    Dimitar Berbatov - $6.5m
    Stanislav Nedkov - $40k

    Cyrpus
    Constantinos Makrides - $900k
    Costas Phillipou - $69k

    France
    Frank Ribery - $15.1m
    Francis Carmont - $88k

    Jamaica
    Marlon King - $1.8m
    Uriah Hall - $40k

    Afganistan
    Zohib Islam - $90k
    Siyar Bahadurzada - $34k

    Argentina
    Lionel Messi - $27.4m
    Santiago Ponzinibbio - $30k

    Vietnam
    Cung Le - $340k
    Le Cong Vinh - $240k


    Denmark
    Daniel Agger - $7.8m
    Martin Kampmann - $150k

    Dominican Republic
    Heinz Barmettler - $450k
    Alex Garcia - $45k

    Bahamas
    Yves Edwards - $63k
    No professional players


    China
    Zheng Zhi - $2m
    Zhang Tiequan - $30k

    Iran
    Ashkan Dejagah - $3.4m
    Beneil Dariush - $30k

    Bosnia
    Edin Dzeko - $11.6m
    Mirsad Bektic - $30k

    Venezuela
    Juan Arango - $3.4m
    Maximo Blanco - $38k

    Haiti
    Jeff Louis - $500k
    Yves Jabouin - $55k

    Guam
    AJ De La Garza - $157k
    Jon Reyes - $36k


    I highlighted in red, the instances where a UFC fighter from a particular country was earning more than any given Soccer player.

    And of those 4 it was GSP - one of Canada's most famous athletes in general, Hector Lombard (no professional local league in Cuba), Cung Le (movie star) and Yves Jabouin (due to Bahamas having not produced a single professional player - ever!)

    So in general, UFC pays nowhere near as much as Soccer clubs do to their personnel in respects to individual talent vs the rest of the market largely because UFC is nothing but a dot compared to Soccer in wholesome terms.
     
  2. riitzni Silver Belt

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    So...you're saying Canada is the only country on the planet that has its priorities straight?

    This requires readjustments and possibly a few phone calls to apologize.
     
  3. Ackrite Banned Banned

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    This thread is seriously lacking in substance and facts. I will wait for OP to start making sense and then return to contribute to the discussion.
     
  4. mikeyt113 Brown Belt

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    haha bigger then the nfl keep dreaming.
     
  5. Ackrite Banned Banned

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    Ironically, Canada had professional MMA long before they had professional soccer. None of this discussion makes any sense lol but I want to see where this goes.
     
  6. Mau Gold Belt

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    Barcelona may have paid more for Neymar than a year of salary for the whole ufc.
     
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    All this tells us is that those 4 countries produce shit football players haha.
     
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    Definetely closer to 10 years than one.
     
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    Why is this even a discussion? Soccer>>>> Anything
     
  11. JudoThrowFiasco Charming Quark Platinum Member

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    So fighters should of learned to kick a ball if they wanted more money.
     
  12. JudoThrowFiasco Charming Quark Platinum Member

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    Barcelona paid more for Neymar than Spain produces in GDP.

    (I obviously kid, but it's funny that a Spain is nearing bankruptcy and Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo make what they do)
     
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    You should probably compare either Rugby or Cricket... in terms of total population popularity, that would be about right.
     
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    I can't possibly be good for the MMA community to see the salaries of the biggest UFC draws first those of the highest paid members of the NFL, pro boxing, MLB, NBA or soccer. That shows just how far MMA has to go before it is as socially accepted as we want it to be.
     
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    Average NBA salary is like $5million/year
     
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  17. TheKnightMare Silver Belt

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    Shouldn't compare this to international soccer. Try comparing UFC salaries to the MLS.
     
  18. autocorrelation Orange Belt

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    football/soccer VS UFC is like comparing Cain Velasquez and Bryan Caraway...
     
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    Biggest sport in the world vs fringe sport struggling to crack the mainstream. Nothing to see here people.
     
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    Tate>Cain. Caraway wins!
     

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