Fighter pay has been a recurring topic for the UFC and MMA in general for quite some time. Some of the common topics related to fighter pay are undercard fighters not getting paid enough, sponsors not paying their fighters, and fighters getting pay pay per view points.
The UFC’s biggest draws are rewarded with pay per view points, but some notable fighters currently do not have them on their contract. One such man is UFC Flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson. Johnson, who fought three times on FOX this year, recently talked with MMAjunkie about his contract and why he is not interested pay per view points (Courtesy of MMAjunkie):
I’ve talked to fighters in the past who’ve had pay-per-view points, and they’ll fight on pay-per-view, and they won’t reach their goal, so they won’t get the pay-per-view points. I know I’m not a big name like Anderson Silva or GSP. That’s why there are only a few guys that have that kind of thing.
I’d rather take the money up front than wager a bet.
You’ve got to think, like, I come from a job where I used to make $10.76 an hour, and I would only net out, like, $20,000 a year or maybe $18,000 a year. For me, I fight to take care of my family and be secure and to live. I’m only 27 years old, so I’ve still got a lot more years to climb the ladder.
Johnson clearly has a very strong understanding of his place in life and the UFC at this point. He compares his wages in respect to what he used to make, and clearly looks at it in a positive light. Who is to say that Demetrious Johnson is not the UFC’s next big star? Who is to say that at some point he will be a big PPV draw that will garner PPV points?
Like Demetrious stated, he is only 27 years old, and he is getting better each and every fight. With two straight finishes in a row, and three wins on FOX in 2013, the sky is the limit for the UFC Flyweight champion.