QUOTE(ElectricTwinkie @ Jan 28 2008, 06:06 AM) [snapback]376703[/snapback]
So then lets make an issue of mathmatics, and also stick to sponsorship not salary:
"a majority of marquee fighters recieve good compensation through sponsorship"
About how many UFC fighters would you say that is? For brevity lets forget the recent crop of guys over from Pride as UFC bought Pride (and Pride paid very well, negating the need to seek multiple sponsors)
10 guys? maybe 20 guys?
...the roster of the UFC is what, ten times that?
So statistically speaking, unless you follow the sport very closely, odds are you can be a UFC fighter no one has heard of.
..and I know Tap-Out isn't forking over 5k to almost every guy who signs...
ashley, pay no attention to Buffalo...and keep your hands away from his mouth. He may look cute and cuddley but that bison has been ridden around the pasture more times than Ben Franklin at a Nickelodeon convention.
I believe the issue was in regards to Affliction being banned from the UFC;your original comment was rather extactic upon hearing that....
My rebuttal comment to you was to let them boys get thier money. The guys who are indeed rockin Affliction are doing okay by normal financial standards. Which discussion are we having Twink? Trust me, I'm all for equal compensation based on attendance draw, exposure, seniority, etc....
And considering I am quite good friends with one one the owners of TapOut, your completely right in your assessment that they are not forking over $5K to every guy who signs, thier pay rate is dependent on various factors, none of which matter unless they are able to get the exposure that the UFC warrants (which brings us back to the original topic of Affliction being banned from UFC).
All i'm saying is that the life of a fighter is tough as is, when one "big bad wolf that is the UFC" takes away someone's opportunity to capitalize on the exposure that thier work allows them to have...It's a pretty shitty situation....
By the way, I notice that your in Pa.... Are you a fighter? I know a guy who just started a fightwear line and is looking for local talent to sponsor....(I'm not being condesending, I'm being totally serious.) =)