I'm not a big time poster but Mania is my favorite MMA site and I read most of the articles on here. One of the main reasons why I love Mania is because of you guys. Reading your comments is always entertaining and even though I don't always agree with every single comment, I do enjoy reading them.
Anyway, there is something that's been bothering me for some time now and that's the online discussion concerning fighter pay. After UFC 146 I noticed some of you arguing about it and I decided to write a fanpost regarding fighter pay.
I just don't understand why some of you care so much about how much money fighters make. Don't get me wrong. These guys are fighting for our entertainment and it's a risky job and they should be compensated accordingly, but some of you seem to take it personally and even argue about it online.
That I don't understand.
I mean, does it really matter? Does it matter if Fighter A makes 10 grand or 100 grand per fight? Some of you even call Dana names and actively argue with other guys online about it. Whatever these guys make, it does not affect me or you in any way whatsoever.
We don't even know how much money these guys actually make. We can only base our assumptions on their base salaries and we all know those aren't accurate numbers.
I'm not trying to start a fight with anyone on this site. I just find it really interesting that some of you give this particular subject matter so much thought. Do you think about how much money your postman makes? Or your dry cleaner? The only person who should be thinking about it is the person making the money.
From my own personal experience, if you're not happy with your pay, then you quit your job. It's as easy as that.
Nobody is forcing these guys to work for Dana White. They choose to do this for a living and they know exactly how much money they're making when they sign those contracts. If they aren't happy with Zuffa, then they can just go to Bellator, Shark Fights etc. Fighting for a living is not exactly a normal job but it is a job nonetheless and nobody is forcing anyone to do anything they don't want to.
Besides, we hardly ever hear fighters themselves complaining. I bet Junior is happy with his 200 grand or whatever he made for UFC 146. I know he's a champion but he worked his ass off from the beginning and was probably making absolute shit when he fought Werdum. Point is, if you want more money, you have to work for it and show your boss how much you're really worth. That applies to every job in the world.
I used to work as a warehouse manager for a high profile company in my city. A company that made a ton of money but my pay was shit. I asked for a raise but the bosses said no. Do you know what I did?
I quit my job and started working for someone who appreciated my talents and paid me what I thought I was worth. Problem solved. I don't remember anyone arguing online about how little money warehouse managers are making.
Bottomline is, why on earth are some of you guys wasting energy and time arguing about something you can't possibly control?
Just enjoy MMA. That's what I do.<!--EndFragment-->