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Earlier today Dustin Poirier released a very eye opening video on his social media page with two swollen black and blue eyes contemplating retirement.
When you see how Khabib (Who is the LW Champion) made over $6 million compared to Dustin (Number one LW Contender) making around $200k you will realize the disgusting unfair huge gap in fighter pay that has mentally destroyed so many amazing top tier fighters into retirement and thrown into a dark depression after years and years of hard work with no pay off or post career financial stability.
The pay that these guys and girls make is a disgrace when you see how much the company pockets! It’s crazy!!! JUST LISTEN TO WHAT PAUL FELDER HAD TO SAY AFTER HIS FIGHT SATURDAY AFTERNOON making the point that he doesn’t need to take this damage anymore and would like to walk threw the doors of commentary or Eve acting but not every fighter has that opportunity!
It’s pretty strange why No ones really talking about the ongoing court case where the UFC was called out for paying fighters only 20% of their total earnings made by the promotion. I know our sport is still pretty new and currently in the so called “leather helmet era” but when you realize how the UFC made about $2 billion in the first half of 2019 (I believe those are the numbers) why are the fighters not making more?
Just look at how the recent Reebok deal has damaged fighter pay and you can’t even get a fight kit at Reebok by the way! Yep that’s right, you have to order it online! Remember this was so Dana can say they look more like real professionals now. Why can’t they just give them 2 or 3 sponsors to wear so they can make a real living? It is really simple but their stubborn and don’t care about the fighters. When the Reebok deal was made Brenden Schaub stayed how he was losing over $100,000.00 every fight without sponsorships! Dana White tried to call him out and said that there was no way Schaub made anywhere near that much with sponsors until Schaub released his actual paystubs that clearly showed he was not making up a fish story and then Dana White did not respond! These big wigs are sitting back and getting filthy rich like crooked politicians! Dana White even purchased actual snow to be delivered to his front yard in VEGAS on Christmas a few years ago while these fighters are out here killing themselves all for the big wigs to pocket their sweet and tears!
Iv now interviewed hundreds of professional fighters over the past five years and when you actually spend hours listening to the heart breaking sacrifices EVERY SINGlE ONE of these athletes have to make like leaving their wives and children for weeks or months/ skip holidays, a higher education, making dangerous weight cuts that the normal man couldn’t even imagine how torturous this could be every time there is a fight and all while having to pay their coaches and even sometimes travel because the company won’t cover the necessary corner men when traveling out of the country, it’s very sad to take in!
So when you see someone like Dustin Poirier $290k its ends up being much closer to about $40k! Now if a fighter is only fighting once or 2x a year they take in about $80k! No one can live off that! Does the sacrifice equal the pay off in a promotion ( the LEADING MMA Promotion) that’s now being aired and covered on the worlds biggest sports broadcasting platform at ESPN and also recently sold for $4 billion? Are we really in the “Leather Helmet Era” Still….?
Some will smirk and say “well this is what they signed up for” but it’s not! Open your eyes and do your own research and then once your actually realize what’s being made and held back from these athletes, especially when there are plenty of ways for the fighters to make more but big wigs won’t even allow it, you’ll be furious and maybe sick to your stomach like so many of us are!
What is it going to take for things to change? These are not animals and should not be treated like slaves when it’s them who make the promotion successful! It should be an even relationship because both the promoters and the fighters need one another but when you have these hungry fighters who just want a contract and have busted their ass for the chance to shine on the big show, the UFC will continue to say to the vets who earned their spot over the years that they don’t need them because there are other fighters who will take your spot for less pay. Comment your thoughts below!
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