UFC house owners Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell earned a mixed £330 million in 2021, however a few of their high fighters equivalent to Paddy Pimblett obtained only a fraction of that determine.
Emanuel is the manager of Endeavor, the guardian firm that bought the UFC for £3million in 2016. Filings from the SEC present that Emanuel earned virtually £234million final 12 months while Government Chairman Whitesell was paid over £93million.
Three different Endeavour executives all obtained eight-figure paydays in 2021. In keeping with Wall Street Journal, Emanuel’s payday is greater than all different Hollywood executives and is the very best determine for any CEO within the S&P (Customary and Poor’s) 500.
Fighter pay within the UFC has been a controversial subject for a number of years. The promotion has saved its share of income share with its fighters at round 17 per cent for the final decade, however that determine was bumped as much as 20 per cent in 2021.
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Regardless of the jaw-dropping wage Emanuel obtained final 12 months, probably the most fundamental wage for UFC fighters sits at £9,000 to point out and £9,000 to win. That is the wage bundle UFC light-weight Paddy Pimblett is on, regardless of being one of many promotion’s primary sights.
Pimblett most just lately competed at UFC London in March together with his star energy taking part in a big issue within the occasion drawing a record-breaking £3.4 million gate, the very best in O2 area and Battle Evening historical past. Earlier than any kind of win and efficiency bonus, Pimblett was assured simply £9,000 for his look.
Emanuel mentioned 2021 marked the UFC’s greatest monetary 12 months because the promotion was based. He defended fighter pay by stating it has elevated by 600 per cent since 2005 and refused to debate the matter when questioned about its progress as compared total income base.
“Nicely, I’m not commenting on that. I feel we’ve executed very nicely because it pertains to the pay for the fighters,” Emanuel mentioned. While fighter pay has elevated by 600 per cent within the final 15 years, Bloody Elbow report that the UFC’s income and income have elevated by 1700 and 6200 per cent respectively.
Pimblett admitted that he would not wish to struggle a top-ranked contender at 155-pounds till the UFC gives him a brand new contract. ‘The Baddy’ mentioned he hopes the promotion pays him extra money after his subsequent struggle.
“Hopefully after this subsequent struggle they wish to give me a brand new contract however we’ll see,” he mentioned. That is the objective, extra zeros on that financial institution steadiness.”