There are few fighters on this planet who’ve had so shut a view as CM Punk of two main figures who sit firmly atop the ‘sports activities leisure’ world: Dana White & Vince McMahon. Punk’s quick lived UFC run might have been little greater than a conceit mission compared to his time with the WWE, nevertheless it gave the professional wrestling star (and BJJ blue belt) a superb have a look at how the world’s largest blended martial arts group does enterprise.
In a latest interview on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Punk in contrast and contrasted his experiences working with Vince McMahon and Dana White. And whereas he famous that each males are ‘proper wing’ weirdos, from the previous WWE champion’s standpoint he noticed much more generosity from White than his professional wrestling counterpart.
“I believe there’s ranges to it,” Punk mentioned, evaluating the 2 males (transcript through The Body Lock). “Clearly you may draw that they’re each proper wing, the phrase I’ll use is weirdo, as a result of clearly they vote based mostly on what’s good for his or her pocketbook.
“If I actually needed to examine and distinction, I might say Dana is extra beneficiant. Dana does a number of stuff for the fighters behind the scenes. I believe there’s a number of locker room cash that individuals don’t learn about and he will get a number of flak for [not paying fighters enough]. That being mentioned, I do additionally suppose fighters have to receives a commission a complete hell of much more.
“However a number of that point when he lashes out when persons are complaining about pay and unionization, it’s as a result of he is aware of, ‘hey, I simply gave that man $250,000 underneath the desk’ however you may’t discuss it. However he ought to nonetheless pay folks extra and fighters have to get collectively and unionize anyway.”
The UFC’s locker room bonuses have been a protracted reported function of the promotion. Fighters like Frank Mir and Lyoto Machida reportedly banked checks as huge as $1,000,000 (in Mir’s case) for distinctive struggle evening performances. Joe Silva described the extra common apply of handing out further money throughout his testimony as part of the long running class action lawsuit against the UFC.
“And I’d say, right here’s what occurred in each struggle, and right here’s cash that’s not knockout of the evening or struggle of the evening, right here’s further bonuses that I believe these guys are price,” Silva defined. “And I might make strategies: this man misplaced, nevertheless it was a superb struggle, he did that, I believe he ought to get 3,000 further; I believe that that man ought to get 10,000 further. And I’d go down the entire card.”
On the flip facet, very like the UFC, the WWE has made itself infamous for its strict management over how athletes can monetize their likenesses and abilities. In 2015 Forbes reported that WWE wrestlers made anywhere from $50,000 to $5 million a year. Nevertheless, reportedly, wrestlers also can earn bonuses for distinctive in-ring performances. Phrase is that Triple H took residence $600,000 over one 12 months simply in bonus cash alone.
How that each one balances out by way of precise pay as a share of income for athletes is a bit murkier. The 2015 Forbes report pegged WWE athlete salaries at round $50 million for the entire roster, accounting for simply 7.6% of the corporate’s annual income. By comparability in that very same 12 months, the UFC reportedly spent $99 million on athlete compensation, or 16% of their whole income.
At the least on the floor, it like there could also be some fact to Brooks’ assertion that in the case of cash, the UFC is a extra beneficiant place to work.