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As we all know, fighter’s pay has been a major topic in the MMA world in recent months. Moving briefly away from the resounding mess that is the Reebok deal, I want to discuss the actual salaries of the fighters in recent events.
Bethe Correia got paid a $14,000 to show up and fight at UFC 190. Stripping back the sponsorship deals (or lack of), fight bonuses or any of Uncle Dana's mysterious 'locker room add ons', this amount is criminal. Yes, we all know it didn't go too well for her. We all know that $14,000 for 38 seconds or so of work isn't too shabby at all. However, this was Correia's big moment in the spotlight. The once in a career opportunity for the majority of fighters to headline a UFC event. To be paid peanuts for such an occasion is criminal by the UFC top brass. Even Ronda Rowsey’s pay, who in all honesty carried that fight card on her shoulders both in performance and PPV buys, was a fraction of what Big Nog’s took home for a flat footed, lacklustre showing from a MMA legend. Rowsey taking home $70,000 in appearance fees compared to Big Nog’s incredible $250,000 for a mid card filler.
We then move onto the TUF guys and girls and how the UFC continues to milk the fighter for all they are worth. With UFC 191 coming up, let us drill into one of its star’s salaries. John Dodson, the TUF winner and arguably the only guy who has tested one of the P4P greatest fighters in recent memory Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, takes home $15,000 in appearance fees. $15,000!?!
In stark contrast we have Rose Namajunas. An individual billed as the next best thing in WMMA. Talented, raw with an infectious smile, she was touted as the new Ronda Ronsey. However, I ask you all, what has she achieved outside the TUF house? What fights has she competed in to justify her $25,000 appearance fee? Well people the answer is nothing. To me, this sums up the state of how fighters aren’t being rewarded correctly for their hard work and dedication to the game. A flashy smile and a Pride legacy should not guarantee a larger share of an every decreasing pot of gold.