Perception is most often reality for the majority of people and right now the perception for many is that professional boxers make a lot more money than pro mixed martial arts fighters in the UFC. Following UFC 138 on Saturday, UFC President Dana White was once again asked about this subject and if the UFC ever planned on paying their fighters “boxing money”.
White explained how not every boxer is making big money like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. He also said that from 2006-2011, in just five short years, the UFC has produced over 40 millionaires and over 20 multi-millionaires. For the mathematically challenged, that means the UFC has been producing, on average over eight millionaires per year for the last five years.
That is impressive in and of itself, but even more impressive when considering the UFC did not even start becoming profitable until 2006. According to White, for the first five years, starting in 2001, the Fertitta brothers went $50 million dollars in the hole trying to build the UFC brand, and during that time not one fighter or Zuffa employee ever got paid late or had their check bounce.
Thoughts for discussion:
So anyone want to try and name 40 UFC fighters that have become millionaires in the last five years? How about 20 multi-millionaires?
- Anderson Silva
- Georges St-Pierre
- Brock Lesnar
- Cain Velasquez
- Matt Hughes
- Chuck Liddell