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UFC and boxing ppv dollars?
UFC Prez Dana White is always quick to pull out the "boxing promoters are crooked" line during his frequent discussions about boxing. I would argue that the UFC Czar is just as crooked.
Why did Chuck Liddell and Rampage Jackson only make about $500,000 for their recent UFC 72 showdown. UFC 72 did about 1 million pay per view buys at $40 a pop, Zuffa made 40 million alone in ppv dollars. Not to mention the live gate, over seas viewing rights, and sponsors that ponied up money for this fight. Why do UFC fighters get such a small piece of the pie in a sport that's supposedly on the upswing? With the rise in of popularity of the UFC why aren't their fighters paid MUCH more.
I'm not saying there aren't boxing promoters that don't short change their fighters, but boxers can make alot more money over a career than a UFC fighter can. Shannon Briggs was paid 1.8 million for his meaningless title defense against Sultan Ibragimov last weekend. GO ahead UFC fans, defend your boy Dana White.

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Nice try, as demand for the sport builds up so should the fighters salaries. I'm not buying that one. Zuffa is keeping as much as they can of the 100 million they made for UFC 72. They should be ashamed paying two of their top fighters $500,000.

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White and the UFC basically want to pay the fighters like a third rate sport but at the same time want to claim to be a legitimate sport. The average UFC fighter doesn't even make a middle class living it is ridiculous. Even the elite MMA fighters are way behind other professional sports.
White wants to say that Mayweather wouldn't make it in the UFC and he is right Mayweather wouldn't step in the UFC ring for the peanuts they pay. Why would he take about 1/20th of his normal pay?

UFC fans are in serious denial about this issues. They will say things like well athletes shouldn't make that kind of money. Well somebody is making it so why should it all go to the promoters? Or they will say that it takes time but again the revenues MMA is generating is huge so it is a matter of changing the structure not time.

UFC fighters need some kind of union to make a larger share of the pie since it is the fighter that literally rolls the dice with his future health and even his life not the promoters.

You suck, now go die.

UFC fighters are WAY overpaid. I saw that in UFC 70 one of the fighters made $2000. 2000 bucks for a few minutes of work (if you can even call it that)
Obviously these guys are raking it in. Most fighters go to jail for fighting. UFC rewards them with big ca$h!

IMO, fighter pay in boxing is part of what has killed that sport (not dissimilar from some of the other pro sports). Not to suggest that MMA fighters are paid fairly. They are not. However, the ridiculous purses paid to pro boxers serves to increase cost producing the events, the cost to the fans and decreases the quality of the event itself.

Maybe it's less Dana being crooked and more him trying to control the costs of doing business.

"Zuffa made 40 million alone in ppv dollars."

Zuffa gets half the ppv revenue. Also I believe some fighters, like
Chuck Liddell get a piece of the PPV. Something like $1 per buy after
recoup. That equals out to be about 5% which is really quite good.

Zuffa is the reason the sport is so big and it's Zuffa's marketing that
has made Chuck Liddell such a huge star. I doubt he is complaining
about it, you shouldn't either.

As far as the other fighters are concerned, if they were going to get
paid more elsewhere they surely would go there and get it.

A lot goes into putting on a big show like that, assuming the fighters
are the most integral part of it is not logical, like assuming an actor
was the only thing that made a movie. Also, if all of the fighters for a
UFC card were suddenly injured do you think they would just call it off?
No, they would very easily find replacements.

While the next UFC will most likely not do as well as the last one, those
involved won't get paid as well either.

It's a big business and this is the way the world works.

As the sport grows so will the fighters salaries. When Boxing was
barely in it's second decade I doubt that the participants were treated
as well...