Another tidbit from that ESPN article … the reporter came SO close to nailing Dana on pay, but baldy snuck through a loophole:
The Mag: Of the 180 fighters on the roster, what percentage of them make more than $50,000 a year?
DW: Tons make that, and most make a lot more. I’d say a huge percentage.
The Mag: Would you say 75 percent of your guysâ€”of the 180 on the rosterâ€”make that or better?
DW: Easily 75 percent. Probably more than 75 percent.
If only the reporter has asked if the fighters make more than 50k from fighting in the UFC alone. I don’t doubt that lots of the fighters make 50k a year after you factor in THEIR SECOND JOBS or the sponsors they hunt down for themselves or the clothes that they hawk on their own. It always drives me nuts when Dana White talks about all the money fighters have coming in from sources other than the UFC’s pockets, like that absolves him of the responsibility to pay them properly. If you ask me, the idea of a fighter making more off of sponsors on his shorts and banner than the UFC pays is fucking retarded.
I know I’ve run this subject into the ground and I know there’s a lot of people who disagree with me here, but I just want to say it one more time (well, one more time right now … I’ll NEVER stop bitching about pay): If you want fighters to maximize their potential you have to remove them from the need to worry about money. A lot of MMA fans subscribe to the idea that keeping fighters poor keeps them ‘hungry’, which is fucking stupid. Good training costs money. Good trainers cost money. High class nutrition costs money. A good camp costs money.
I’m not advising we break the bank paying all fighters retarded amounts of money. I’d be happy if fighters were being paid 50k a year from the UFC – which shows you how fucking low I’ve set the goddamn bar for the UFC.