How the UFC’s new PPV plans might affect its fighters

If you’ve ever been to a UFC event, you’ve probably seen someone running out the door.

You’ve probably heard a guy yelling “fucking go back to school!” or “I don’t want to do this anymore!” or maybe even “I need to get a real job.”

You’ve likely heard that these fighters are not getting a fair shot in the UFC. 

For years, the UFC has made it clear that its main card will be broadcast exclusively on pay-per-view, with no outside competition.

To make matters worse, the sport has seen a major drop-off in viewership during the past year, and the promotion has also been forced to cut hundreds of fighters. 

That’s not to say that the PPV model isn’t working for the UFC, however. 

There are some positives to the new PPVs.

For one, the money is going to the fighters, which will make them more motivated to return to the Octagon. 

Secondly, PPV is a much cheaper option for the fighters.

For instance, a fighter like Joe Lauzon (who is currently ranked number one in the welterweight division) will be able to take advantage of a new deal that gives him $12 million over five years, with the rest of the money going to his manager. 

However, a UFC fighter who has fought on pay TV and is a UFC veteran can only take out $7.5 million of that contract. 

So the UFC will still be forced to rely on outside sponsors and other partners for some of their PPV deals. 

But for fighters who have never fought in the Octague before, the new plans could mean an even more lucrative future. 

If you want to know more about the UFC PPV schedule, be sure to check out our article from last week. 

(via Fight Pass)