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Hey Not the Face! 02: Comparing boxing and MMA pay

Episode 02 discussion: Our latest episode focuses on the differences in pay, promotion and negotiation between MMA and boxing

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Welcome to Hey Not the Face!, the podcast that provides expert analysis on all aspects of combat sports finance with an intense focus on fighter pay. Hey Not the Face! will also feature updates on both antitrust suits against the UFC, in-depth comparisons of boxing pay vs. MMA pay, thorough examinations of contracts and more. The show is hosted by John Nash and airs twice monthly. No permanent schedule has been worked out, but we’ll make sure to notify everyone via our various social media platforms. As always, we hope you enjoy listening.

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  • Who makes more, boxers or MMA fighters? Is it true that only the top boxers make any money and MMA has better paid undercards? Why is there such a difference between their pay?
  • To start off, how do we know what they make? How do we know what UFC and MMA fighters get paid?
  • What about boxers? How do we know what they get?
  • How does MMA vs boxing overall pay compare between the sports?
  • So why do boxers seem to make more at the lower levels?
  • Why do we see more MMA fighters making middle class purses (10k-100k) than boxers?
  • How much more are the top boxers making than MMA fighters? How many more boxers are making $1m purses than MMA fighters are?
  • What explains the difference?
  • What part do the sanctioning organizations play in there being more competition?
  • What part does the Ali Act play?
  • What part does antirust play?
  • Example of a negotiation and how all these come into play?

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