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Is Now the Time for a Fighters Union to Regulate Fighter Salaries?


(Will a union help or hinder MMA?)

Looking at the salaries for last month’s Moosin: Gods of Martial Arts event, I couldn’t help but wonder how some fighters make what they do. Although many people are against a fighters union, I’m beginning to think there are merits to forming such a group. The Moosin payouts solidified my opinion.

Here are a few reasons why:

Tim Sylvia: $50,000 def. Mariusz Pudzianowski: $110,000

Now, I get why Pudzianowski gets paid a large amount of money to fight. He’s a freak show. My problem with this is that this was only his third MMA fight and that he lost decisively to Tim Sylvia. Antonio Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira made $120,000 (with a $60,000 win bonus) for his win over Jason Brilz. Is Pudz in the same class as Lil’ Nog?

I don’t have a problem with Sylvia making $50,000, especially since he was paid double that for his last UFC fight against Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira at UFC 81. I do take issue with the fact that "The Maine-iac" was paid $800,000 for getting thumped by Fedor at Affliction: Banned, when Emelianenko got $300,000 (not including what M-1 negotiated for themselves).

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