God this is getting old.
1. The fighters signed a contract for what they are being payed.
2. There are things we don't see as far as pay goes some fighters get part of the PPV. Some have bonus written in to their contract for things. We only see the base pay and that is it.
3. The UFC has proven time and time again they are the top paying MMA org around. Almost all the old Pride fighters have said they are making a lot more now than they did with Pride. Look at the payouts from EliteXC
and you will see what I am talking about.
# Kevin Ferguson ($175,000) def. David Abbott ($126,000)
# Antonio Silva ($80,000) def. Ricco Rodriguez ($20,000)
# Scott Smith ($12,000) def. Kyle Noke ($3,000)
# Yves Edwards ($6,000) def. Edson Berto ($6,000)
# Brett Rogers ($4,000) def. James Thompson ($25,000)
# Rafael Feijao ($6,000) def. John Doyle ($2,5O0)
# Yosmany Cabezas ($2,000) def. Jon Kirk ($2,500)
# Dave Herman ($1,500) def. Mario Rinaldi ($2,000)
# Eric Bradley ($1,000) def. Mikey Gomez ($1,500)
# Lorenzo Borgomeo ($1,000) def. Mike Bernhard ($1,500)
# Moyses Gabin ($1)* def. Jirka Hlavati ($500)
They payed Kevin Ferguson more money than anyone on the card as far as these numbers show. One guy got payed $1 (and he won) and the other $500. 16 of their people didn't even make more than 6k and of those 16 only 5 of them made more than 2500 That means 9 Fighters on the card made 2500 or less (most less). As far as we know EliteXC doesn't even give out bonuses and they cant give out PPV cuts because their not on PPV.