Not like boxing, it’s common apply in MMA to have a fighter’s purse break up into base/win. You’ve gotten your assured purse whatever the outcome, and normally you possibly can double it in the event you really come away with a victory.
Longtime UFC analyst Joe Rogan wish to see that mannequin go away.
On his “Joe Rogan Expertise” podcast, Rogan expressed his dislike for win bonuses, particularly citing how poor MMA judging can affect pay.
“Initially, in the event you’re going to do a win bonus, you’ve received to do one thing concerning the judging,” Rogan stated (through MMA Junkie). “It is advisable to have a greater scoring system and you want to do away with incompetence. Then, once you go to different states, you want to take management of the state of affairs. Sure: In different states it’s dire. I don’t wish to identify states, however there have been states the place we do fights the place I’m simply going, ‘Who watched that battle? How is that even attainable?’ Folks simply get (expletive) robbed.
“When you have win bonuses (and) if a man is available in and will get 50, and if he wins he will get one other 50, you stole $50,000 from that man by giving him incompetent judging. In the event you’re a fighter, you’ve received to do your finest to win. If which means taking a man down and hump and throw sufficient punches to maintain the referee from standing it up, that’s $50,000 for you.”
An argument in favor of win bonuses is that it could incentivize fighters to carry out at their finest, though there’s no actual proof that proves this really works.
This isn’t the primary time Rogan has spoken out on this very matter; he made comparable remarks on his present again in 2018, however clearly the construction stays the identical. If there’s any bonus that he’s in favor of, it’s end bonuses.
“I don’t assume (win bonuses) incentivize these guys,” Rogan stated. “On the prime degree? Have you ever ever tried to not win? … I feel end bonuses shouldn’t be a nasty thought. However I feel it must be a bonus – not half of your (expletive) purse. I might at the very least prefer to see somebody come together with another tackle how fighters are paid, and we haven’t actually seen that.”
In idea, a wacky situation may see a whole UFC present crammed with attracts and no contests, which means neither fighter will get their win bonus. As fighter pay continues to be a hot-button situation in MMA, it’ll certainly take much more than Joe Rogan’s musings for the game’s prime promoters to restructure their purses.