Did you know the worst bench warmer on the worst Women’s NBA team makes double what the average entry-level UFC fighter does?
 How about this, there was a UFC event in 2013 in which, apparently, the highest guaranteed pay on the card was $30k/$30k.
 Did you know, a fighter received only $12,000 in disclosed pay while fighting for a title and main-eventing a Pay-Per-View, this year?
 The median average wage for a top 15 fighter in the UFC is just $30,500 per year.
 Floyd Mayweather, in the 12 months between summer 2011 and summer 2012, made approximately four times more in guaranteed salary than the entire UFC roster combined. He fought twice.
 Minimum pay in WNBA is $37,950 for the year. The average new UFC fighter will fight twice per year, and make $12k-$20k in disclosed salary total. Average fighter going 1-1 will make $18k-$20k.
 According to payout information on MMA Manifesto
 Liz Carmouche vs Ronda Rousey, UFC 157
 The forest and the Trees, Bloody Elbow
 Disclosed UFC fighter Salary for 2011 was $23.6m. Mayweather’s guaranteed income from his 2 fights in 2011-2012 was $85m.
A few things:
-MMA Manifesto fucking guesses at UFC pay for events where pay isn't disclosed (they say as much), even for newly signed fighters, and they don't seem understand that in every UFC contract the base pay goes up by at least $1k after win, and also that the new unofficial floor is actually $8k + 8k and not $6k + $6k. As such an entry-level fighter who goes 1-1 their first year in the UFC (and sadly the average number of fights per fighter per year is closer to 2 than 3) will make $24k-$26k. That being said, when a UFC fighter doesn't get all their fights on a contract within a certain amount of time the UFC will simply pay out the base pay on the fights not granted.
-It's an open secret that the UFC's discretionary bonuses even besides the "of the Night" bonuses raise both the mean and median salary considerably, even if we don't have any precise figures. Undisclosed bonuses of $10k a fight are very common and bonuses as high as $45k are not terribly rare.
-A "median average" is redundant at best and contradictory at worst. An "average" can refer to either the mean or median of something, but usually refers to the mean.
All that being said, you won't find any argument from me that a large portion of the UFC's roster is underpaid. Unlike players in major team sports, they have to pay for their own training, which they don't get reimbursed for. If they want to bring a second person from their corner and they aren't sharing corners with someone else, they have to pay for that person to fly out as well, as well as their hotel room and any other traveling expenses. And then there's the sponsor tax which by accounts is rather draconian.
The undisclosed locker room bonuses weigh against all this but since they're undisclosed, it makes everything seem very uneven on the face of it, and there are still far too many stories of fighters who can't make ends meet for their family without a second job, or who sometimes merely break even on a fight. I have a laundry list of suggestion that I think would be fair to both sides, but I'm kind of burnt out on this subject.