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  • 07-24-2013, 01:35 AM
    Rise
    Quote Originally Posted by travtera View Post
    As a comparable, the minimum salary in the Canadian Football League is $45,000 (before bonuses) a season. Players are also supplied coaches, trainers and practice facilities by their team, not at their expense.

    If the UFC doesn't think there's a problem with fighter pay, than fine. But when you fail to match the CFL in base pay, it pretty much negates the ability to compare yourself to the other big leagues.

    If the UFC wants to attract top athletes they need to have more competitive pay. Guys need to be able to cover their training expenses and have enough left over to live a reasonably comfortable life. IMO that's not too much to ask.

    Keeping in mind of course that all those players in the CFL are not exactly reaping in sponsorship fees while playing. The UFC does give these guys a venue to make a alot of extra cash on the side.
  • 07-24-2013, 12:04 AM
    W.Silva>C.Norris
    Quote Originally Posted by travtera View Post
    As a comparable, the minimum salary in the Canadian Football League is $45,000 (before bonuses) a season. Players are also supplied coaches, trainers and practice facilities by their team, not at their expense.

    If the UFC doesn't think there's a problem with fighter pay, than fine. But when you fail to match the CFL in base pay, it pretty much negates the ability to compare yourself to the other big leagues.

    If the UFC wants to attract top athletes they need to have more competitive pay. Guys need to be able to cover their training expenses and have enough left over to live a reasonably comfortable life. IMO that's not too much to ask.
    Keep in mind that is for a year as well. 10 games in a CFL season? Not counting pre-season or playoffs. Assuming my number of games in the season is correct, that works out to 4500 a game. You can be damned sure too that no CFL player gets a 60k bonus for "play of the night"

    Also, back when I used to talk to a few of the local CFL'ers, the trainers were volunteers from the sports medicine program at the local university, the practice facilities were the stadium they played at, or when that was in use, the high school field attached to it, and the players more often then not worked out at a local gym. A few of the guys used to come in to the gym I worked at. Now, they may have had their memberships to the gym comped(the owner was a pretty cool guy, and liked having them in there), but by no means was it supplied by the team.
  • 07-23-2013, 10:22 PM
    travtera
    As a comparable, the minimum salary in the Canadian Football League is $45,000 (before bonuses) a season. Players are also supplied coaches, trainers and practice facilities by their team, not at their expense.

    If the UFC doesn't think there's a problem with fighter pay, than fine. But when you fail to match the CFL in base pay, it pretty much negates the ability to compare yourself to the other big leagues.

    If the UFC wants to attract top athletes they need to have more competitive pay. Guys need to be able to cover their training expenses and have enough left over to live a reasonably comfortable life. IMO that's not too much to ask.
  • 07-23-2013, 03:39 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    There is definitely a problem with that. MMA was at its peak in South Korea when Hong Man Choi fought Fedor Emelianenko. Hong Man Choi was a huge star in South Korea; there isn't anyone like that anymore.
    TKZ is ten times more entertaining of a fighter than Hong Man Choi was. But then it makes you wonder, did the South Koreans watch to see their country man attempt to dethrone the GOAT or did they watch because Choi's fights were like freak shows - and we all know how much Asian's like freak shows.
  • 07-23-2013, 04:41 AM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    http://www.mmamania.com/2013/7/22/45...ldo-brazil-mma
    UFC 163 payouts: Korean Zombie discloses 20/20 salary split with no PPV points against Jose Aldo in Brazil
    KZ gonna be rich after the fight. He's gonna clear.... what.... 15k for a title fight?

    Message: Work as hard as you can to get that title fight and you can disappear off radar. If you lose there will be no fistful of dollars.
  • 07-23-2013, 01:19 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    http://www.mmamania.com/2013/7/22/45...ldo-brazil-mma
    UFC 163 payouts: Korean Zombie discloses 20/20 salary split with no PPV points against Jose Aldo in Brazil
    "I will be making 20,000 dollars to show, and another 20,000 dollars if I win. I do not get any PPV points. After two more fights, I will be able to negotiate my contract. Hopefully, I will be in a good position when that happens. I believe I am a very popular fighter, but I do not make a lot of money. There is definitely a problem with that. MMA was at its peak in South Korea when Hong Man Choi fought Fedor Emelianenko. Hong Man Choi was a huge star in South Korea; there isn't anyone like that anymore. TV ratings were 10 percent in those days, now they are barely 1-2 percent. South Korea needs a star like that for MMA to flourish. I am lacking in a lot of ways, but hopefully I can become a star with the way I fight."
  • 07-20-2013, 07:01 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    JLau: I couldn't be happier with UFC pay structure
    http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news...pay-structure/

    “We’re paid fighters, so getting in to the UFC doesn’t mean you’re gonna have this cushy job," said Lauzon. "You get paid based on how your performance goes. I’ve been very fortunate where I have had some great fights and I’ve been rewarded with some bonuses. I couldn’t be happier with the pay structure. It all comes down to people wanting to see you fight.”
  • 07-20-2013, 12:45 AM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJack View Post
    Could there not be a happy medium in this issue if the UFC found a way to start a profit-sharing program that rewarded longevity, number of fights/year, and accomplishments? Kind of a tiered system I would suppose.
    That has much potentiality.
  • 07-20-2013, 12:38 AM
    MMA4EVERRR
    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJack View Post
    Could there not be a happy medium in this issue if the UFC found a way to start a profit-sharing program that rewarded longevity, number of fights/year, and accomplishments? Kind of a tiered system I would suppose.
    Are you suggesting performance bonuses like they have in MLB, for playing certain number of games, or hitting certain number of hits, HR, rbi, etc?
  • 07-20-2013, 12:21 AM
    SimpleJack
    Could there not be a happy medium in this issue if the UFC found a way to start a profit-sharing program that rewarded longevity, number of fights/year, and accomplishments? Kind of a tiered system I would suppose.
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