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Urijah Faber Not Getting Taken Advantage Of?

(‘Fuck you, pay me.’)

When we looked at the payouts for WEC 36 and saw $14,000 next to Urijah Faber‘s name, we had little choice but to assume that Zuffa was screwing him like a one-legged Panamanian hooker: cheaply and with shocking disregard for his delicate feelings.

But Faber’s manager, Mike Roberts, says that figure was “not even close” to a full accounting of what Faber was paid to face Mike Brown:

“That was an accurate statement of the check he received that night. Some contractual issues came up after the September fight was postponed and that $14,000 was the remaining balance of what was owed to him. That is not what he made.”


“Keep in mind Urijah’s still fighting off an old contract, but Urijah’s been well taken care of for the last couple fights.”

And so the old ‘he’s being taken care of’ line resurfaces yet again. Guess it’s either that or start bitching about money to the press, and you can ask Roger Huerta how that’s worked out. In this case we want to believe it’s true. Even with his usual win bonus we’ve noted in the past that Faber still isn’t getting the kind of money you’d expect, given his status. Without him the WEC is an organization devoid of marketable stars. With him, it can pack an arena.

If Faber’s on an old contract now, it will be interesting to see what the new one looks like. If Jens Pulver can walk into the WEC and get $33,000 in guaranteed show money (good thing, since he’s 1-2 there so far), Faber ought to see a much bigger slice of the pie when it’s time to renegotiate, whether he happens to be the champ at the moment or not.

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Clozer- November 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm
Juicehead666, no one cares that you are a member of the MMA press. Actually, we are all members ya dooosh. So time to stop beating on your chest you sack swinger and come to terms with the fact that just cause you have a camera phone and you snap pics of your t.v. when spike throws a free show, doesn't make you part of the MMA press. Urijah is a bad Mo Fo, and I think he would win that fight against Brown 9 outta 10 times, but that is just my opinion, so juice, please don't write a story on that.
RossGeller- November 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm
derly is a fucking faggot
Your an idiot- November 11, 2008 at 1:38 pm

"Some people would call it irresposible, I just call"
Exactly what is your job in the MMA press? You write like a retard. If you know so many great insiders why are you posting on this blog? You are not fit to hum on Fabers chin nuts.
Derly- November 11, 2008 at 10:43 am
@Ben Assfleck
A better question regarding the woods... If a fat girl falls in the woods, do the trees laugh?

I know if I was a tree I would.
Krazy Kracker- November 11, 2008 at 6:39 am
I hear he is in heavy consideration for the lead role in the remake of Spartacus...
Ben Assfleck- November 11, 2008 at 6:20 am
Does Urijah have chin farts? If so do they stink? If Urijah is alone in the woods and takes a chin dump and nobody is around to hear, does it make a sound?

Note to CP editors: These are the issues true MMA fans want to know about.
Mike Goldberg's tiny hands- November 11, 2008 at 3:10 am

Lets not forget that Riggs was fighting for the UFC not the WEC. While I'm sure Faber is making more than what is cited, he probably won't be making $300,000 this year. If Faber was fighting for the UFC I'm sure he'd be pulling in that kind of cash, but the WEC is simply not big enough to pay that well.
hank,me and myself- November 11, 2008 at 2:08 am
He has the same ass on chin as jim carrey in me, myself and Irene lol
Rumbler- November 11, 2008 at 1:59 am
Why must everyone bring up Jens when talking about Faber's paycheck??? He has been in the game forever and was the UFC LW champ, so f*ck off and stop complaining that he makes 33 grand a fight. He deserves every penny of it!
Calling bullshit- November 11, 2008 at 1:35 am
"In this case we want to believe it’s true."

im calling bullshit because this topic wouldnt be very intresting if there was nothing to dispute. leading to less viewers reading (and not noticing the nicely place ads around the page). and in the end leading to less money.

so again, i call bullshit.
Sodak- November 11, 2008 at 12:08 am
ballchinian haha. man how does he shave that thing! and if he cuts himself do you put a lil piece of toilet paper on it and risk the embarrasing combo of butt chin toilet paper hillarity? i think UFC pays a lot under the table keeps other orgs from knowing exactly what they pay their fighters.
juicehead666- November 11, 2008 at 12:07 am
I am a member of the MMA press, and it still surprises me how my fellow media brethren are completely clueless about how fighters get paid in this sport. You know enough people "inside" the sport, just ask someone! Instead of posting these silly articles about how you think the face of the whole promotion just made $14000. Some people would call it irresposible, I just call it lazy.
Old, Bald and Irish- November 10, 2008 at 11:59 pm
"Urijah Faber Not Getting Taken Advantage Of?"

Let's ask Urijah what he thinks:

URIJAH: "Actually, I've been treated quite fairly by Zuff..hey, what are you doing? ...get off my pants..I...HEY..AAAGH! NOOOO! Not my ass...I have to...AAAAGH! YOU'RE CUTTING RIGHT THROUGH MY SHORTS!...the blood...oh, gawd,, sweet Jesus nooooOOOOOO!...OHHHHHHH!...GAAAAAAAH! The pain...THE ASS PAIN!"

DANA: "Now that you're done bitchin', stuff the rag I used to wipe off my knob in you fuckin' mouth and SHUT THE FUCK UP!"

"...heh heh..."dwink"...I crack myself up!"
Farthammer- November 10, 2008 at 11:53 pm
Any chance Riggs exaggerated how good it was in the UFC in the hopes that he can get back? Considering he can't buy a win in Strikeforce and all. He fought 4 times in the UFC in 2006 from Feb through Dec; I doubt he made $75K per fight while going 2-2.
Gunny- November 10, 2008 at 11:40 pm
If I'm not mistaken, he is half ballchinian on his mothers side.
Anthony- November 10, 2008 at 10:59 pm
Faber looks like a cartoon character with that butt chin.
Massiveamounts- November 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm
Imbecile.......Dana is that you...?
Don- November 10, 2008 at 10:47 pm
Man! he is got an ass on that chin
Big Shafty- November 10, 2008 at 10:47 pm
why is this imbecile so offended by other people's opinions. Take a xanax buddy
Gunny- November 10, 2008 at 10:04 pm
I can confirm that one-legged Panamanian hookers are cheap, and man do they have some sensitive feelings. Touchy is putting it lightly in regards to my lovely evening with "Kickstand-Consuela".

Pay Lil' Fedor, you bitches.
Imbecile- November 10, 2008 at 10:04 pm
When are all of you going to stop bitching about Zuffa's reported fighter payout and realize that it doesn't even tell half the story?

Even when the guy's manager comes out and says he is taken care of, you still don't believe them. Sure, when spoiled little bitches like Huerta bad mouth their boss, they get treated poorly. But managers constantly butt heads with Zuffa, and don't always say flattering things about their fighters' pay, but in this case he is reassuring everyone and you don't believe him.

Look, Joe Riggs said a couple months ago that his last year with Zuffa (last half of 2005, first half of 2006) he made $300K, and made less than half that when he left. If a below-mid-range figter like Riggs was pulling down $300K back when the sport was just starting to take off, I guarantee a star-in-the-making like Faber is making much more in a more established, mature MMA marketplace.

Hell, Joe Riggs' $300K is about what league minimum would be in other major pro sports, and Riggs MMA accomplishments are probably about the equivalent of a third string linebacker.

So stop trying to make a controversy where there is none. These guys are adults and can choose whether or not to sign a contract. And if below-average fighters are making well into the six-figures with Zuffa, then what more do we think is fair?
Anonymous- November 10, 2008 at 9:46 pm
fabers a beast