Lawsuit Reveals UFC Fighter Pay Revenue

Lawsuit Reveals UFC Fighter Pay Revenue

A lawsuit is currently ongoing right now between former members of the UFC roster and the organization they once worked for.

Obtained documents that the total share of the promotion’s revenue that goes to their contracted fighters.

Some of the UFC’s internal graphs were shown during the hearings, which showed the UFC’s revenue and other financial numbers.

(Note: The graphs have not been revealed to the public, but the numbers for each one has been revealed by Bloody Elbow.)

Graph #1 (Fighter Compensations As A Percentage Of UFC Event Revenue)

2001: 0%

2002: 0%

2003: 0%

2004: 24.18%

2005: 13.87%

2006: 20.31%

2007: 25.85%

2008: 20.48%

2009: 21.83%

2010: 22.00%

2011: 18.45%

2012: 18.64%

LTM as of Q2 2013: 20.10%

2013E: 19.77% (Obviously 0% for the first three years can not be accurate, but there was no indication given as to why those years showed 0%.)

Graph #2 (Fighter Compensation As A Percentage Of Pay-Per-View Event Revenues)

2001: 41.23%

2002: 40.82%

2003: 41.03%

2004: 23.48%

2005: 10.27%

2006: 17.31%

2007: 23.34%

2008: 18.49%

2009: 19.55%

2010: 20.89%

2011: 17.42%

2012: 15.93%

LTM as of Q2 2013: 17.23%2013E: 16.34%

Professor Hal Singer, an expert witness for the Plaintiff’s, revealed that the fighters get a smaller share of revenue from pay-per-view cards than they do from non-pay-per-view cards (Fight Night, TUF Finale, ETC.).

Graph #3 (Total Amount & Share Of Revenue Paid To Fighters By Year)

2012: $71 million (16%)

2013: $91 million (18%)

2014: $72 million (16%)

2015: $113 million (19%)

2016E: $135 million (20%)

2017E: $147 million (20%)

2018E: $160 million (20%)

2019E: $188 million (20%)

2020E: $196 million (20%)

(Note: The document was from 2016, so all the years with an “E” next to them are projections and not the actual numbers.)

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