Originally Posted by WesMantooth
i've heard these arguments before, my own view of it is that pro mma fighters are dumb fucks who let themselves get used and abused. The kid you are mentioning might not be worth 50,000, but if Dana puts him on a card he is worth something..and given what the UFC makes I would think it is worth more than 5,000.
But we don't know what Cody is making. We DO know that if he stands out with a great performance, he's in line to make hefty bonuses. And if he consistently strings good performances together, his earnings will quickly rise to reflect that.
Also remember that his association with the UFC gives him a level of prestige that can translate into other income opportunities. Sponsorship deals, for example. Or he can earn money as a coach. "Learn BJJ with UFC fighter Cody McKenzie" justifies a significantly higher hourly rate than "Learn BJJ with bush-league fighter Cody McKenzie."
Plus, he's chasing his dream and is not exceptional at his profession. Bit-part actors struggle, and nobody has sympathy for them. If you have two lines in a $200 million blockbuster, nobody is saying you're getting ripped off if you don't clear $50 grand for your work. Because you didn't carry the movie, and your performance is easily duplicated by hundreds of other bit-part actors.