Consider one more idea off the table in the fighter pay debate. The UFC president snuffed out rumors (which he started) that the UFC might do away with post fight bonuses in order to raise the baseline pay for it's fighters. Citing "a lot of feedback" Dana white announced at today's UFC on Fox 8 media conference call that the UFC would keep it's present bonus structure in place.
"At the last press conference, I talked to the press I told them we're not doing away with the fight of the night bonuses," White said. "After I said that, I got a lot of feedback from the fighters. The fighters want the finish bonuses. They want the finish bonuses and they want the discretionary bonuses to stay the same, so, that's that." (quote via MMAFighting)
While he didn't cite exactly who he talked to, we can be pretty sure that Mark Munoz is on-board, as he was the first fighter to speak up when the idea was initially floated.
"Those fight bonuses become very critical to a lot of us. We're not like other sports where we can solely focus on MMA. The sport is just too young for that for all of us to just be athletes. I'm a fighter, a gym owner and a personal trainer. Getting those bonuses kind of lighten the load financially, and allows me to spend more time with my family. If I don't get a bonus, then I have to work even harder. That's why I fight the way I do. I'm trying to get a finish. I'm not just trying to score points. I want a bonus bad. The reward justifies the risk, for me."
Jake Ellenberger also voiced his support, during the conference call, telling Dana to "Preach!" as he made the announcement. Unfortunately neither fighter is really at the heart of the debate, but it's unlikely that those affected would be quick to speak up, especially in favor of an idea that didn't come from the fighters in the first place.