How much money do fighters need to make before the critics no longer consider the UFC a monopoly?
Is the UFC a monopoly?
Here's what UFC hall-of-famer and "World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock had to say when asked about the ZUFFA pay scale on ESPN E:60.
"The UFC has gone out and strategically bought out every company or they cut the knees out from underneath them when they tried to get started by putting on shows when their shows were on. Which is fine, there's nothing wrong with that kind of business. But when you get into that kind of position, then don't use that kind of position to hold the fighters hostage."
Naturally, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta calls any talk of a UFC monopoly "ridiculous."
"We have a better product, we put up our money and we were smarter than everyone else. We're giving these guys tremendous opportunity to be able to make more money, get bigger exposure, get bigger sponsors. And when you throw out the term monopoly, that's the most ridiculous thing anyone could ever say."
Video after the jump.
Hear more from him and Shammy when the ESPN E:60 episode airs in the very near future.