Mixed Martial Artists have one of the more interesting ‘jobs’ in the world! But with high risk comes high reward right? Well if you ask a percentage of UFC fighters they will say no.
The risk assessment associated with mixed martial arts is lengthy and complex. Broken bones, states of rendered unconsciousness, abnormal amount of temporary weight loss and potential long term brain damage are just a few of the items that make the list. With such a great level of risk, what sort of remuneration is justifiable in order for an athlete to put their life on the line? Well that is quiet possibly the toughest question of them all.
Now as with any profession there are going to be those that make more than others based on their level of skill, ability to generate a high return on investment and ability to ‘broker a deal’. The Jon Jones’s, GSP’s and Anderson Silva’s make more but in my mind that is fair, these champions turn ambassadors for the sport are basically household names, their ability to generate revenue is unquestionable and their marketability makes the UFC more popular, so of course bump up their salary.
The inequitability in payments is not the problem from my perspective, what constitutes an equitable baseline wage is! What does an ‘employee’ of the UFC rightfully deserve to step into a cage and try and beat the living crap out of their opponent while risking taking a beating at the same time? $1,000, $10,000, $50,000 – I am not qualified to make a call on that, however the power brokers in the UFC are and must. Just remember as good a President as Dana White is, and as good a matchmaker as Joe Silva is, they are both nothing without a roster of fighters in their putting their life on the line for us the fans.