TYSON FURY and Deontay Wilder’s combined pay for their triple fight is 25 TIMES more than the combined wages of fighters competing at UFC 270.
The issue of boxer pay in the UFC has always been a hot topic but has really come to the fore over the past six months.
And it even became a talking point last weekend after the California State Athletic Commission released a wallet for the fighters on UFC card 270.
Excluding bonuses, the 22 boxers on the card brought in a combined sum of £1,368,718 ($1,844,000).
That number belonged to defending heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and rival Ciryl Gane, who took home £445,335 ($600,000) and £371,112 ($500,000).
The five boxers on the card – the newcomers – received just £7,421 ($10,000) for their respective bouts.
The total payout for the UFC card isn’t small compared to what Fury and Wilder pocketed for their epic trilogy fight last October.
The pair brought in a total of £37 million ($50 million) for their last fight in Sin City – a staggering 25 times the UFC’s total payout of 270.
Ngannou’s total purse will grow as he cuts pay-per-view sales, but the revealed pay for the UFC’s first numbered card of the year suggests there’s still a huge disparity between boxing’s prize money and MMA.
YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul has been shedding some light on this issue for the past six months.
And the former Disney star recently acquired a stake in UFC’s parent company – Endeavor – in an attempt to change the promotion’s salary structure.
Early Tuesday morning, he tweeted: “I invested in EDR (UFC) stock with my partner @geoffreywoo 2, focused on UFC ESG benchmarks in regards to boxers.
“We believe that EDR can drive long-term economic value by increasing the wages of UFC fighters and providing healthcare to them.
“Contact @EngineNo_1 to collaborate on this ‘Endeavour’.”
In front of him maiden title defense, Heavyweight King Ngannou insists he will not fight for the wallets provided to him.
Predator wants to stay in the UFC but wants his contract modified so he gets paid more and can box freely.
He said: “The length of the contract, everything that they put in [it]they hold you captive.
“You can’t do anything, you have no rights. Contracts are one-sided.
“You don’t even have health insurance while you’re doing this, putting your body in line for inclusion in the program. Risking everything.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4536856/tyson-fury-and-deontay-wilder-made-37m-for-trilogy-fight-25-times-more-than-all-22-ufc-270-fighters-combined/ Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder make £37m for three-part battle