“UFC pays its fighters more than any other MMA promoter,” a UFC spokesperson told The Post. “We are proud of the company we’ve built and we are confident in our legal position.”
Even when comparing Bellator’s best year for revenue, 2014, with only Zuffa’s North American event revenue that same year, the Viacom owned promotion still generated less than 1/10th that of the UFC.
In comparison, the ratio of Bellator to WSOF revenues is almost identical of those the UFC’s to Bellator’s. The gap between number 2 and number 3 seems just as wide as that between the top two.
On the previous report from The New York Post, their sources had financial numbers that showed the UFC only gave fighters less than 16% share of their $900 million revenue for the year.
Lawsuit documents also previously revealed that the UFC’s own projections had “athlete costs” to be just around 17% of their revenue moving forward. It’s also interesting to point out that those total costs also includes USADA drug testing, the Athlete’s outfitting policy (Reebok deal), insurance and other things. So if we’re talking about just actual fighter purses, then it’s even less than percentage.
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