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The Economist reveals median UFC fighter salary

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Money talks and ... well, you know the rest.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is making headlines overseas, partly because of interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor, but mostly because of its ongoing battle with the Las Vegas Culinary Union, which along with this lawsuit, is trying to persuade fighters to unionize.

From The Economist:

Mr McGregor reportedly earned $500,000 (not including bonuses or sponsorships) for a recent bout. But most UFC fighters make decidedly less. The median pay per fight is $24,500, and most pugilists get in the ring only a couple of times a year. Some fighters think the muscle of a union might help them get better pay and more say. Earlier this month, the Teamsters, along with a local culinary union, announced that they intended to help fighters organize.

McGregor banks beaucoup bucks because of this, but he may be the exception to the "pathetic" rule.

"The Notorious" superstar can expect another gigantic payday when he tries to unify the promotion's 145-pound titles at UFC 194 against reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo, which takes place on Dec. 12, 2015 right in the heart of "Sin City" (details).

For more on UFC fighter pay, along with the promotion's new Reebok sponsorship, click here and here.

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