Friday, June 29, 2007

TUF fighters worth more than Leonard Garcia

The salaries from The Ultimate Fighter finale and the latest UFC Fight Night card was reported today.

What's interesting is that returning UFC fighter Leonard Garcia only got a fight purse of $4.000 ($2.000 to fight and $2.000 to win), while all the TUF fighters, most of them making their debuts, got a purse of $8.000 (plus $8.000 to win). This includes Garcia's opponent, "Monstah Can" Alan Berubie (or Allen Berube to some people), whose claim to faim is instigating a street fight on the show and getting kicked off because of it. How's that for a slap in the face.

Fair? Not really. I'm completely on board with paying the fighters well, but do it based on their skills and not on their antics outside the ring.

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