With UFC's Fight Pass, Ultimate Fight Nights and cards held outside the United States are being booked onto the streaming service. The limited visibility from a streamed card can make a big difference to a fighter's bank account, because sponsors prefer cable TV or PPV cards to spend those ultra lean dollars on.
UFN 41 is part of a two event spread the UFC is offering for this Saturday night, and will be held in Berlin. C.B. Dollaway, the co-main event of the card, has gone on record that he will, in fact, be losing money to fight this weekend, as reported by MMA Junkie. The costs of bringing along extra coaches and training partners to Germany is not an economical move, but is one he's willing to take in order to be well prepared for his bout with Francis Carmont.
The UFC only covers the travel costs for two people per fighter for an event, a fact that was detailed quite extensively by former Middleweight fan favorite, Nate Quarry. With this being the second to last fight on his contract, Dollaway is hoping that a win will get the negotiations started into his next contract, one he hopes will be more lucrative.
This fight could change my life. It could get me to that next echelon.
The Doberman was very candid about having to charge his sponsors a lower rate because of the limited visibility that Fight Pass unfortunately causes. He states that he can make upwards of $20,000 for a regular card but for the streaming events, it's a good deal less,
You don't want to rip off your friends. You know the numbers are going to be lower. It is what it is. To preserve the relationship is more valuable.
Dollaway will make $30,000 for Saturday's fight, a number he hopes will double after a win and fresh contract negotiations.
I feel ($50,000 to $60,000) is where I'm at, but I leave that to the agent and them to figure out. I trust in my agent. He does very well for me.
C.B. will face Carmont this Saturday on the UFC Fight Night 41 card.