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Old 09-27-2007, 11:40 AM   #31
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Re: Ufc 76

Wow - the disparity is pretty striking (no pun intended). Very interesting post, Becca. I figure these guys have lawyers/agents taking a chunk. Plus training expenses and opportunity costs. As MMA grows, we'll see better paydays for these athletes.
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:38 PM   #32
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Becca- I thought that most UFC contracts usually only covered a few fights at time because the UFC wanted the freedom to dump a unpopular or losing fighter.
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:01 PM   #33
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Re: Ufc 76

[quote=Peter Queen;197557]What, Griffin beating Rampage!

Ha, when all else fails in life, it's always nice to still have your dreams.


Griffin would be Rampage’s NIGHT-MARE !!!!!!!!

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Old 09-27-2007, 04:04 PM   #34
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Re: Ufc 76

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Becca- I thought that most UFC contracts usually only covered a few fights at time because the UFC wanted the freedom to dump a unpopular or losing fighter.
The way the contracts are written, the fighters are bound to the UFC, but the UFC is free to "release" them if they feel fit.

So for example, Keith Jardine is still being held under his TUF contract, but Gabe Ruediger was "released" after his season aired. Basically, if they want you, they hold you to it, if they don't, they release you. But all the contracts are signed before the show shoots, so the fighters have nothing to bargain with and they risk being undervalued like Jardine.

But, that being said, the UFC is known to 'take care' of fighters in those situations by helping them get sponsorships and other things.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:29 PM   #35
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Becca,
That is true, and there are financial things that the UFC does that are not disclosed, as they are not fight card related.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:41 PM   #36
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Re: Ufc 76

Exactly - some of the big names were getting points on the PPVs too and that's not something that's disclosed.
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:20 PM   #37
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Compared to boxing, do the UFC fighters have the similar percentage of management and trainer/gym fees? In other words, how much of these posted winnings are the fighters taking home (before taxes)?
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:49 PM   #38
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Re: Ufc 76

It's different for different fighters, and especially as they move up in the fighting world. Some of the major agencies out there are creating MMA divisions now, though, so I think more and more it will resemble other professional sports. Most guys I know who are big names have managers and/or agents in addition to their trainer(s).
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