The Sport of Mixed Martial Arts is often praised by its fans for being the fastest growing, most exciting and complex sport in the world. However, if asked, many fans will admit that the sport is far from perfect. It is a very young sport and it has multiple organisational and infrastructural flaws which we will look into today.
Problem number 1: Fighter Pay
Low fighter pay is perhaps the biggest problem in the sport today. An undercard fighter who earns 10 grand a fight before tax and fights three times a year (if he/she is lucky) can hardly make a living.
Participating in one of the hardest sports in the world and taking risks in training every day for so little money in hope that everything will go extremely well and perhaps one day 10,000 dollars a fight will turn into 100 grand does not seem like the most clever career option for a young person. There are examples of fighters who realised that the risk is not worth it and have retired very early into their MMA careers. Last year an undefeated Bellator Heavyweight champion Cole Konrad retired at the age of 28. The fighter decided to take up a job with the North Central Trading where he started working as a financial trader specialising in milk products.