Matt Lindland talks to Sherdog about fighter pay in MMA: "I’ve always had a lot more stuff going on outside of fighting, but a lot of that came because I couldn’t make a living just by being a fighter. Even now, how many guys at the top level of the sport -- and by that I mean Strikeforce and the UFC -- can make a living off what they get to fight? It’d make for an interesting story that I definitely would read. In the NFL, there’s about 900 or so players, and they have a minimum salary that allows them to make a good living. Once fighters get to the NFL of MMA, there’s no minimum salary. Even with all of the success the big MMA promotions have had recently, it’s barely gotten better than when I got started."
Scott Smith: $55,000 (no win bonus) def. Cung Le via: $150,000 Gilbert Melendez: $55,000 (no win bonus) def. Josh Thomson: $30,000 Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza: $65,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Matt Lindland: $50,000 Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Mike Whitehead: $30,000 Antwain Britt: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Lighty: $5,000 Justin Wilcox: $5,000 (no win bonus) def. Daisuke Nakamura: $200 Alex Crispim: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus) def. A.J. Fonseca: $2,000 HT MMA Junkie
"(I'm doing) fine, he just got me with a good shot," Lindland told MMAInsider via text message. According to Lindland, the California State Athletic Commission has suspended him for 45 days, after which he will be able to compete again. His fight with Belfort was the second of a three-fight contract with Affliction. "I'll be back whenever," he wrote -- MMAWeekly