I know the pay issue has been run into the ground again and again, but every so often a number pops up that just makes you shake your head. Or in this case, a chart FULL of numbers. From MMA Payout:
The most immediate qualifier that must be offered concerning these figures is that the UFC regularly pays substantial undisclosed bonuses in the form of contractually specified pay-per-view bonuses and discretionary performance bonuses. Some of the contracts for the company’s top stars also reportedly include downside guarantees that significantly exceed their disclosed payouts.
However, it is also important to consider the other revenue streams not included in the above revenue estimates, including: closed circuit television, DVDs, video games, television rights fees, sponsorships, advertising, on-demand new media purchases, and other merchandising. Many of these revenue sources rely on the infamous ancillary rights clause found in the company’s standard contract. Per the clause, fighters essentially sign away the rights to their likeness and are not entitled to any compensation when it is used. The clause has been a source of contention in the company’s disputes with Randy Couture and Ortiz.