Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and current Bellator fighter Tito Ortiz (17-11-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) recently spoke with Submission Radio about UFC fighter pay and more.
“UFC pay out to the fighters in general about 6% of their revenue that’s collected from the fans. That is it. 6% is what the fighters make. Does that sound fair to you? So they (UFC) make 94% of the money, all across the board. That’s about as easy as I can make it for fans so they understand it, that fighters don’t get anything fair. Zero. They’re giving their life and everything they can, and they have nothing to fall back on. And like I say, to make it simple terms so that people understand, 6% of the revenue from the UFC go the fighters. That is it. They sign a contract saying that any type of merchandising, you sign your likeness away for life. They can use your likeness for life and you get zero money from it. Is that fair? No. It’s a business at the end of the day, that’s all it is. And the UFC is doing a great job of becoming a billionaire company by the blood of us fighters.”
Ortiz has 8 knockouts, 5 submissions and 5 decision victories, but also has been knocked out four times, submitted twice in his MMA career. Ortiz is 2-6-1 in his last ten and 1-3 in his last five fights. His last win was over Ryan Bader via Guillotine choke at UFC 132 – Cruz vs. Faber 2 on Jul / 02 / 2011.
Ortiz is next fight is unknown, but Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said: “We’ve got to sit down with Tito now, and I’ve got to figure out how to con him into a tournament, trying to take a run at a world title.”