QUOTE (thehype @ Oct 2 2009, 02:47 PM)
I'll give you the first 3...I'll even give you 2 others...Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson...but now name me 5 others who are enjoying PPV upside (Warlord, feel free to chime in with the other 5 if you know them).
And oh, just for the record, I don't think either side, boxing or MMA, has it right. I think it should be a combination of the two...boxers should get paid less and mixed martial artists should get paid more. However, that being said, I think the UFC has a better model as far as making fights happen and putting together good cards. I would LOVE to see boxing start giving out bonuses for performance or knockout of the night...or maybe do something like they're going to do for the Hopkins-Jones bout (assuming that happens) where the winner gets the bigger purse or something like that. I think that would solve a lot of problems in boxing with fights that get made or fights that end up being boring. Of course, I think there are some things that the UFC needs to take from boxing as well...there definitely needs to be some type of ranking system to come up with worthy title challenges because the way they make title fights right now is just crazy (I mean, Randy Couture getting a title shot if he beats Brandon Vera is RIDICULOUS).
I think Getup got the rest. GSP and Penn. I imagine both Silvas (Wanderlei and Anderson) see much more as well. Some of the original TUF fighters (Griffin and Leben) were also seeing money on the side as well.
I never meant to give off the impression that the majority of UFC fighters were getting paid huge dollars, so if anyone took it that way, my apologies.
I've made numerous posts regarding the slave wages Dana White puts out. But there are a number of fighters, again, who are either established stars or champions, that make far beyond the numbers being reported on the stat sheets. I can't deny that, no matter how much I hate Dana White.
But yes, the UFC has a long ways to go in regards to parity in the pay scale. No doubt.
The upside to Dana's model is that fighters are staying hungry, and are forced to fight the tough fights and fight them in an exciting style, in order to make the big money.