QUOTE(stateofthegame @ Jul 23 2007, 11:42 PM) [snapback]350750[/snapback]
The deal is that since the Benoit Murder/Suicide I feel that steroids are going to be looked at a lot harder and right now a prime target is the UFC/MMA. The WWE has proven tests where their stars have passed drug tests and ones that fail are suspended (hard to believe but it does happen) or released. It may not always be the case, but at least they have a policy.
The UFC/Dana White's policy is that they will go by what the commission says and follow their guidelines, but the problem if Dana and crew do not care. So what these two guys were caught it enabled Dana to make more money. He did not refund tickets or PPV purchases, but he did take away two purses that added back to the account, and that is what Zuffa and White are about, Money.
They def are about $$$$ just look at some of the payouts for their shows. Here is the last one UFC 73 was $1,551,920.
For starters those TUF guys get "sold" on that "six figure contract" catch phrase. That six figures could be stretched out over fights. These guys rarely to never see 6 figures in one year. Unless you are marketable or a champion you don't even make decent cut, and remember you still have to pay your trainers..etc their cut of the pie.
You might say just become marketable or a champion and you'll get more $$$, but most of these guys are from pride that are getting nice $$$ the others are either tito, randy, chuck, franklin, hughes, pierre...and that's about it that are marketable.BJ.
All the rest of these guys have to get up to that level with families..etc, so they are willing to risk getting caught since they prob take home 5-10 G's after a fight. They have to fight 3 times a yr just to get around 20-30 grr. Not to mention if they get hurt and need time off.
Main Event Fighters
-Anderson Silva: $90,000 (defeated Nathan Marquardt; $45,000 + $45,000 win bonus)
-Nathan Marquardt: $24,000 (lost to Anderson Silva)
Main Card Fighters
-Tito Ortiz: $210,000 (drew with Rashad Evans)
-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $200,000 (defeated Heath Herrin; $100,000 + $100,000 win bonus)
-Heath Herring: $70,000 (lost to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira)
-Sean Sherk: $28,000 (defeated Hermes Franca; $14,000 + $14,000 win bonus)
-Rashad Evans: $16,000 (drew with Tito Ortiz)
-Kenny Florian: $16,000 (defeated Alvin Robinson; $8,000 + $8,000 win bonus)
-Hermes Franca: $14,000 (lost to Sean Sherk)
-Alvin Robinson: $3,000 (lost to Kenny Florian)
Title Match & Main Event Fighters UFC 71.
-Chuck Liddell: $500,000 (18th fight in UFC; lost to Quinton Jackson)
-Quinton Jackson: $225,000 (2nd fight in UFC after 17 fights in Pride; defeated Chuck Liddell)
Main Card Fighters
-Karo Parisyan: $32,000 (9th fight in UFC; defeated Josh Burkman)
-Ivan Salaverry: $17,500 (6th fight in UFC; lost to Terry Martin)
-Terry Martin: $12,000 (4th fight in UFC; defeated Ivan Salaverry)
-Kalib Starnes: $10,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Chris Leben)
-Chris Leben: $10,000 (9th fight in UFC; lost to Kalib Starnes)
-Houston Alexander: $8,000 (1st fight in UFC; defeated Keith Jardine)
-Josh Burkman: $7,000 (6th fight in UFC; lost to Karo Parisyan)
-Keith Jardine: $7,000 (6th fight in UFC; lost to Houston Alexander)
Preliminary Match Fighters
-Din Thomas: $28,000 (7th fight in UFC; defeated Jeremy Stephens)
-Wilson Gouveia: $16,000 (4th fight in UFC; defeated Carmelo Marrero)
-Thiago Silva: $16,000 (1st fight in UFC; defeated James Irvin)
-Alan Belcher: $14,000 (4th fight in UFC; defeated Sean Salmon)
-James Irvin: $7,000 (5th fight in UFC; lost to Thiago Silva)
-Carmelo Marrero: $5,000 (3rd fight in UFC; lost to Wilson Gouveia)
-Sean Salmon: $3,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Alan Belcher)
-Jeremy Stephens: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Din Thomas)
In closing, I'm still waiting to find out how Johnnie Morton's purse was 100,000 grand with zero fights under his belt and this wasn't the "big dog" UFC that he was fighting for. Even with his name..etc. 100,000????? Look at sherks payout and he's a title holder in the UFC. LOL