Why do boxers make more than MMA fighters?

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A look at the reported payouts in boxing compared to mixed martial arts and why the athletes in one sport seem to make more.

Why do boxers make more than MMA fighters? Is it even true that they do? It seems to be the common perception, based on the enormous purses reported by the likes of a Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. At the same time, one can just as easily point to the $10,000 to show and $10,000 to win minimums that a fighter on a UFC prelim will earn and compare it to the $1,500 purse of a boxer on a HBO prelim and ask if it isn’t perhaps boxing that pays less overall.

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One to Watch: Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller

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Caught your breath from Conor McGregor’s gritty majority decision win over Nate Diaz yet? UFC 202 may remain fresh in the memory, but it’s no time to reminisce with another exciting fight card coming to fruition on Saturday night.

UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit, otherwise known as UFC on Fox 21 sees the UFC return to the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada—only the second time a UFC on Fox card will be held outside of the USA, the other being the show which saw Anthony Johnson demolish Alexander Gustafsson in front of his fans in Stockholm, Sweden.

 

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Ronda Rousey Won’t Fight at UFC 205, Leaving MMA’s NYC Return in a Tight Spot

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Appearing on the UFC Unfiltered podcast this week UFC President Dana White dropped the news that Ronda Rousey will not be fighting at UFC 205 when the UFC makes its long-awaited return to New York City in November. Ronda’s future in the UFC—When will she return? Will she return at all? Does she still want to be a fighter?—has been up in the air ever since she lost her bantamweight title to Holly Holm last November, but despite swirling rumors to the contrary, White made it clear that the mystery surrounding Rousey’s continued life as a fighter will not be solved at Madison Square Garden on November 12.

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The Existential Implications of a Split Decision Victory

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I watched the main event of UFC Fight Night 72 in a pub in the middle of the afternoon with about 30% of my husband’s extended family. We’d gone there to have a few drinks and kill some time between a wedding ceremony and reception and I somehow worked up the nerve to ask our server if we could switch one of the bar’s 600 TVs away from baseball so that I could see Thales Leites face off against Michael Bisping.

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In Loss and Vape Smoke, Nate Diaz Still Endures

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Nate Diaz inhaled off his vape pen while the bruising from the evening settled in on his face. More than 12 minutes into the post-fight press scrum after UFC 202, someone finally asked the welterweight-lightweight-whateverweight what he was puffing so casually. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, he said, a cannabis-derived, non-intoxicating substance to aid recovery and reduce inflammation. In between draws, Diaz ribbed Conor McGregor, UFC featherweight champion and the 168-pound opponent who just beat him.

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McGregor wins brutal five-round war with Diaz at UFC 202

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After a bloody, hard-fought five rounds, Conor McGregor has avenged his loss to Nate Diaz. But the fight is far from over.

In a rematch that more than lived up to the hype and wildest expectations, McGregor got his win back against Diaz, outlasting the Stockton bad boy to a majority decision win (48-47, 47-47, 48-47).

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