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    More fighters are spurning UFC offers

    There may have been some negatives to come out of the EliteXC CBS show this weekend but make no mistake about it, that company and others are changing the business for the fighters. It may only be a short term change but for now the fighters have options.
    Kimbo Slice made in excess of $500,000 and so did Andrei Arlovski. Even Seth Petruzelli, an 0-2 fighter in the UFC, banked in excess of $100,000. The situation is a little different for someone like former IFL welterweight champ Jay Hieron. He's looking for that next big payday/title shot and he also needs to fight often to make up for the lack of big paydays. He was scheduled to fight on the Affliction Oct. 11 Las Vegas card but when that was cancelled, he was facing inactivity for the remainder of 2008.
    That changed when Xtreme Couture decided to put together a card this Friday, [URL=

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    Excellent. This is pretty much what I've been saying all along. If you dont like the pay in the UFc, simply go elsewhere. I'm sure everyone in other professional football leagues would love to play in the NFL and make big game checks, but it isn't as easy as demanding it and then having it happen. Dana White was been extremely generous with his payouts and has allowed guys who dont belong in the UFc, to showcase ther skills and have a shot at the big time, all the while paying them a few thousand dollars to boot. There are countless guyswho would fight for free, just to get in the door. Hell, the guys on the Ultimate Fighter used to endure difficult conditions and fought for free, just for that shot.

    Now for those that are not happy with the UFC pay structure, I say don't bitch about it, go elsewhere and get paid more and take on inferior opposition. Everyone wins. Hopefully this satisfies a lot of the people who have claimed UFC is a monopoly and the fighters don't have other options. Today is a good day in MMA.
    Lets go Brent!

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    Adolf - Would you like a towel? You know ... to wipe up all that sarcasm you dripped all over?


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    This article actually doesn't say Jay received an offer by the UFC. (maybe he says it in the video?).

    I hope everyone can survive so fighters aren't forced to take just what the UFC offers (forcing the UFC to negotiate more and offer more in the future)
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    I agree that competition will drive up the salaries long term. But the big complaint has never been about the upper tier guys. It has been the lower guys. And Elite payed one of their undercard guys $750. So I would say business as usual for MMA salaries. Big stars get paid. Little guys don't. And undisclosed bonuses float around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetsFan View Post
    Adolf - Would you like a towel? You know ... to wipe up all that sarcasm you dripped all over?

    I really wasn't being sarcastic. I even gave a couple of examples of where others ahve to pey their dues first and then they are rewarded with bigger money. Some one, anyone, please epxlain to me why the UFc should pay these otherwise minimum wage earners more than they already do, when a guy on the CBS show is making $750 to fight. I just cannot understand why the UFC should pay over market value for these entry level guys
    Lets go Brent!

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    [quote=Adolf Oliverbush;106211]I really wasn't being sarcastic. I even gave a couple of examples of where others ahve to pey their dues first and then they are rewarded with bigger money. Some one, anyone, please epxlain to me why the UFc should pay these otherwise minimum wage earners more than they already do, when a guy on the CBS show is making $750 to fight. I just cannot understand why the UFC should pay over market value for these entry level guys[/quote]

    Because UFC has already paid over market value for an entry level fighter AND gave him a title shot after going 1-1 in the UFC.
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    That simply is not true Pimach. Kimbo Slice just made $500k for his fight, Saturday night and he has significant'y less of a pedigree or training than Lesnar does.

    I do not recall specifics but I believe Rulon Gardner earned $500k for his debut fight in Pride.

    Floyd Mayweather was offered $2 mil for his debut fight (but turned it down) and he has zero MMA experience.

    There are many more examples I could list but the point is that it is not experience that garners you a big pay day, rather how many pay per views you are likely to sell. It's smart bnusiness to brinhg someone in that will sell the place out, even if they don't have experience or if they are not very good. The bottom line is what matters and in this case, Lesnar has more than earned his pay as has Kimbo.
    Lets go Brent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adolf Oliverbush View Post
    That simply is not true Pimach. Kimbo Slice just made $500k for his fight, Saturday night and he has significant'y less of a pedigree or training than Lesnar does.

    I do not recall specifics but I believe Rulon Gardner earned $500k for his debut fight in Pride.

    Floyd Mayweather was offered $2 mil for his debut fight (but turned it down) and he has zero MMA experience.

    There are many more examples I could list but the point is that it is not experience that garners you a big pay day, rather how many pay per views you are likely to sell. It's smart bnusiness to brinhg someone in that will sell the place out, even if they don't have experience or if they are not very good. The bottom line is what matters and in this case, Lesnar has more than earned his pay as has Kimbo.
    So are you saying that Brock isnt an entry level fighter?
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