Despite a tricky year, UFC is perhaps at the most successful point it has ever been at as combat sports as a whole are thriving and pulling in huge viewer numbers – numbers are up in other areas too with combat sports betting pulling in record numbers too particularly as different states look to legalise online sports betting with some of the big popular spaces in states like Maine sports betting. Not to be one to stray from drama for too long, however, as once again concerns around fighter pay have come back into question again.

To get the argument kick started once again, it came as Jon Jones argued his salary around a potential super fight at heavyweight following his move up to the division – whilst the suggested figure in his tweet had been around $8-$10 million, he had stated this was too low given over a decade on top as an undefeated champ and hoping to hit the big payday as the many other fighters that have come before hoping to hit the big payday, and whilst many may look at the figure and suggest it’s very high, there have been many pointing out how after the expense of a training camp and everything else to prepare for a fight, that some smaller fighters would barely come out for enough to live on.

Most recently, former UFC fighter turned Bellator fighter Corey Anderson had stated his own experience in the matter, putting out a tweet that stated “UFC gave me the career…Bellator gave me the life! In two fights / six months with Bellator, I’ve made double of what I did in 15 fights (11 wins 2 bonuses) seven years with UFC. Now I live and enjoy life to the fullest with my family every day! Let that marinate…”

The UFC has come under plenty of scrutiny before with statements around how fighters are contracted stating that they don’t qualify for pension or anything similar, and with fight pay for newer fighters on the roster being so low it leads many to wonder how bad the amateur scene must be if this is the better option. Another recent frustration for some had been seen with the drama around the Jeremy Stephens and Drakkhar Klose weigh-ins – when Stephens pushed Klose it caused an injury that meant the fight wouldn’t go ahead, but ensuring Klose got paid despite not being able to fight because of something out of its control took a few days of support being drummed up to do.

There will likely be many more discussions around the problem as fighter pay will continue to always be a discussion, but with many big fighters looking for a super fight with a big payday like Ben Askren’s recent $1 million from a two-minute bout, and Jake Paul calling out other UFC fighters much to boss Dana White’s dismay, and could see fighters look to alternatives for potential in bigger earnings.

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