By Laurentius Murenga
MMA journalist Ariel Helwani tweeted that UFC fighters are underpaid compared to boxers and other athletes after the fight between George Kambosos Jr and Devin Haney.
The long time MMA journalist tweeted, that Kambososreportedly earned in the ballpark of 10 million for that fight.
“There ain’t an MMA fighter not named Conor McGregor making anywhere near that right now upfront. There should beseveral,” Helwani tweeted.
The UFC fighters receive a small percentage from revenue generated from fights compared to other sports ($US150k) on average with the lowest -tier fighters earning just $US10-30k compared to the NFL and NBA players who have collectively bargained deals that see them split 50 per cent of total revenue, while the UFC fighters earn between 16 and 20 per cent .
Some fans have concluded throughout the years via Quora that the reason UFC fighters are paid so little compared to boxers is because boxers are protected under the Ali Act. MMA fighters are not protected under the Ali Act and as a consequence, MMA does not generate as much money as boxing, and that is why the fighters never earn as much as boxers.