Posted by aristipe
There is this fear that if there is a union, top fighters will make too much money so the UFC will no longer be able to promote a "stacked" card. I completely disagree with that. The UFC makes so much money that it can very easily afford to have stacked cards. None of us really know about the "locker room bonuses", but if you look at official fighters purses as released by the state athletic commission, fighters at the bottom of the card get paid a few thousands dollars. UFC world champions defending their title make 400,000$ per title defense. Total purses for a UFC card are less than 2 million dollars. Dana White could very easily double that total payout and still retain the same ability to promote a "stacked" card.
Dude, I don't think you realize how much money it takes to run a company that is the size of the UFC, while still being private. The UFC doesn't have oodles of disposable income falling out of the rafters, they are investing back into the company, expanding, etc. Do I think fighters should be paid more? Absolutely, but it's a gradual process.
Plus, Dana has publicly stated that if a fighter comes to him after a string of wins and wants to negotiate a contract raise, he is more than willing to sit down and discuss that with them. When it comes to being on Dana's good side, you can make some bread with the UFC, even as a non champion.