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Old 05-06-2011, 03:16 PM
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Default MMA payout vs Boxing

Tomorrow night’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley will mark another major Boxing event headlines by the Filipino Phenom.

Pacquiao commands record breaking pay-per-view and live audiences and gates but he is currently the only real major draw in the fading sport dubbed as “The sweet science”. This limits the overall success of the sport and allows the UFC to dwarf boxing in terms of annual pay-per-view buys and gross revenue. As a sport, there is no comparison to the amount of money the UFC brings in when compared to boxing, MMA simply crushes all other combat sports in that regards.

But what about the fighters?

According to ESPN Analyst Dan Rafael, the NSAC has released the purse amounts in advance of the Pacquiao vs. Mosley event set to air tomorrow night.

Which should come as no surprise, the evening’s top earner is none other than…

Manny Pacquiao, he has an official purse of $6 million dollars; however with is pay-per-view percentage he is contractually guaranteed no less than $20 million.

His opponent comes in at second earner with an official purse of $3.950 million but he is also up for pay-per-view commissions and per his contract is guaranteed no less than $5 million.

Now here is where the numbers get interesting. Obviously, MMA fighters don’t break into the figures as noted above that tomorrow night’s headliners will earn, but even the undercard fighters of the evening seem to be earning a handsome salary for their efforts.

The undercard purses break down as follows:
Pavlik $270K
Lopez $40K
Vazquez $165K
Arce $125K
Alvarado $50K
Narh $22,500

Just to play a game of comparison, the last major UFC event that took place in a disclosure state was “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort”

The champ and headliner, Anderson Silva, had a disclosed salary of $200,000. He does collect a pay-per-view percentage however those figures are not disclosed.

His opponent, Vitor Belfort, earned $275,000 as did his Xtreme Couture teammate Forrest Griffin.

Outside of these three fighters the rest of the UFC 126 disclosed payroll looked as follows:

Rich Franklin: $75,000
Jon Jones: $140,000 ($70,000 win bonus)
Ryan Bader: $20,000
Jake Ellenberger: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)
Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000
Miguel Torres: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus)
Antonio Banuelos: $9,000
Donald Cerrone: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)
Paul Kelly: $19,000
Chad Mendes: $19,000 ($9,000 win bonus)
Michihiro Omigawa: $8,000
Demetrious Johnson: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000
Paul Taylor: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)
Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
Kyle Kingsbury: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Ricardo Romero: $10,000
Mike Pierce: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus)
Kenny Robertson: $6,000

While the salary for a boxing mega star and headliner like Manny is in a different galaxy compared to the UFC’s top stars, what about the undercard fighters who serve as supporting cast to the main event? Is there really much of a difference in terms of Boxing vs. MMA?
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Old 05-06-2011, 03:58 PM
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I think the 2 main differences here are the percentages taken by the owners of the UFC vs. Boxing promoters (which I calculated at the bottom of the post) and I seriously doubt the UFC is receiving the same $$$ amount in advertising revenue.

Just to give you an idea of the type of money made by the UFC per event/year back in 2008 (25 million/event & about 250 million/year):
Ultimate Cash Machine
Matthew Miller 04.10.08, 6:00 PM ET
Forbes Magazine dated May 05, 2008

Casino moguls Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta bought a violent fight club called Ultimate Fighting Championship--and built it into a billion-dollar sports empire.

On the evening before the Super Bowl a mix of celebrities (including home run king Barry Bonds and hip-hop impresario Jay-Z), high rollers and rabid fans crammed into the 12,000-seat arena at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Like spectators at a gladiator fight, they were there to witness the highly charged and bizarre spectacle of men bloodying each other in what's known as mixed martial arts. It was the latest fightfest staged by Ultimate Fighting Championship, a Las Vegas company that started as a smutlike fight club that's now worth maybe $1 billion and is drawing competitors like flies to blood.

UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, 39, wandered tunnels around the arena. He dropped in on a broadcast booth to pepper producers with questions about which countries would be receiving the night's pay-per-view event, and then checked in with the commentator, Joe Rogan of NBC's Fear Factor, to learn more about the matchups. He made small talk with some of the 18 fighters on the bill before joining the crowd to watch the fights taking place inside an eight-sided ring surrounded by a chain-link fence.

Former Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, a tattooed brawler wearing red and black trunks and 5-ounce fingerless fighting gloves, had just spent two five-minute rounds punishing challenger Minotauro Nogueira with jabs to the face. The Brazilian's cheeks were cut and bruised in several places, leaving his face so swollen he could barely see. Pro wrestling is fake. This stuff is for real.

But in the third round Sylvia let his guard down for a split second, allowing Nogueira, a Brazilian jujitsu master, to grab his neck and pull. Sylvia could not escape the move--a guillotine choke--and was forced into submission. The crowd roared.

Americans will never understand cricket. The British can't grasp American football. But you can't get much more universal than this. "What makes UFC so great," says Fertitta, "is that every single man on the planet gets it immediately. It's just two guys beating each other up."

With his older brother, Frank Fertitta III, 46, and UFC President Dana White, 39, Lorenzo Fertitta has transformed UFC from a business once labeled by Senator John McCain as "human cockfighting" into a lucrative sports empire that competitors like Mark Cuban are now hoping to horn in on.

It's the Ultimate Money Machine. That night before the Super Bowl 10,700 fans packed the arena, paying an average of $340 for a ticket to witness nine mixed martial arts fights. Another 500,000 fans paid $45 ($55 for high definition) to watch five of the nine fights at home. The total haul from the event: $25 million.

This year UFC is likely to generate $250 million, capturing perhaps 90% of mixed martial arts revenue. The majority of UFC revenues come from the monthly pay-per-view events. Additional cash is made from ticket sales to live fights and licensing fees from its Spike cable shows The Ultimate Fighter and UFC Fight Night . These shows in turn act as promotional tools to drive fans to pay-per-view events. More scratch comes from sales of DVDs and T shirts, as well as downloads from UFC's library of past bouts.

The Fertittas field pleas from private equity and media firms to sell UFC. Those offers, they assert, exceed $1 billion. Not a bad return on investment for something they paid a mere $2 million for in 2001. (Indeed, in 2002 FORBES wrote skeptically about the Fertittas' ability to turn their new purchase into anything worthwhile.) The price, if they could get it, would be rich in comparison with the $1.4 billion market value for publicly traded World Wrestling Entertainment (nyse: WWE - news - people ), which has almost double the revenue. Both UFC and WWE racked up similar pay-per-view buys in 2007: UFC got 5.1 million buys for 11 fights while WWE got 5.2 million for 15 fights. Often UFC pay-per-view events draw as many male viewers ages 18 to 49--some 3 million--as one of last year's biggest college football games, Michigan versus Ohio State. That number assumes six people are gathered around the TV to watch each pay-per-view purchase. UFC has broadcast events to 170 countries and territories and recently sold out live fights in Manchester, U.K. and Montreal.

The brothers each own 45% of UFC (White owns the rest), which is operated through their holding company Zuffa (Italian for "fight"), LLC. Add in personal assets and their stake in Station Casinos (nyse: STN - news - people ), which they took private with buyout maven Thomas Barrack for $9 billion in cash and assumed debt last year, and each Fertitta has