Excuse the sensationalism. I have always disliked the posting of articles seeming to try to pull at the heart strings of readers by telling the story of how the latest fighter can't support his family by being an up and coming / struggling fighter pursuing his dream. Then in the comments for Luke's article "The Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses That Are Professional MMA Fighters" the real reason for my discontent came out. If you want to struggle and go broke chasing your dream, that's fine, but when several "hardcore fans" of MMA don't drop a dime towards a PPV yet you find a way to stream it for free every time, you're a thief.
Pat Barry: Hey man, I showed up to this fight broke. When we got to Los Angeles on Tuesday, I had ZERO dollars to my LIFE.
Do we think it's magic where their money comes from? It comes from the time you put in your job today. It comes from the money you chose to spend on the PPV on Saturday night, and it comes from that stupid skull and fleur de lis shirt you so proudly wear as your jersey every UFC (please don't wear it out in public.) Kid Nate seemed to agree with me in the comments, and I've not really seen anyone discuss this topic outside of it being slightly humorous every time its brought up. I certainly don't claim to have an answer, but I hope this post starts a debate condemning those who don't contribute to a sport they claim to so dearly love.