How much mainstream coverage was the UFC getting in the Chuck + Randy era compared to today? how much of an international presence did it have? how many broadcast deals around the world? what about the additional exposure from the internet via Youtube, social media etc that wasnt really a factor in those days?
Jorge was fucking huge in 2019. All that street Jesus, three piece and a soda shit broke into the mainstream. Just think how many people will have seen that flying knee KO. This Colby assault stuff recently has been reported in mainstream media internationally too.
Colby went to the fucking White House and met the president. Ngannou is in the new Fast and Furious and Jackass movies and was invited into the ring and interviewed in front of a crowd of like 90,000 after a major boxing world title fight etc etc…
It’s not my job to enjoy the fact that middling fighters are getting an opportunity to win a mil.
Edit: and it’s not even actually a million. It’s $700k to win in the final and 1 million in totality including all their playoff wins and that doesn’t include whatever paycut they take to fight in the regular season.
Playoff wins only guarantee you anywhere from $50k to maybe $100k and only one guy is guaranteed the million while the runner up gets something like $300k and everyone else settles for a few $100k at the highest. Once you look into the payout structure, the PFL isn’t even that impressive in terms of actual and expected payout. A lot of guys could have moderate success in the UFC, never win a title and still earn more than PFL fighters. So, whatever. I don’t really care and the fights and events there have been pretty mid anyway.