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Moneywise is TUF a good way to go?

LiveinTokyo2011-02-10 04:16:36 +0000 #1
Whenever I see the pay figures for an event I always wonder if, by doing TUF, fighters actually lock themselves into worse contracts than if they didn't do the show. Granted Bones has alot more of a following that Bader, but $50,000 in base fee better?

I guess they get exposure and for the worse fighters they get a couple of guaranteed pay days. It just seems that on every fight card some of the worst paid are from TUF (but then some of them are very lucky to be on the card at all.

Just curious what people would do if you were in a similar situation (or had a friend/training partner who was going for it).
E51502011-02-10 04:30:47 +0000 #2
Jones is a very, very special case. Look at some of the other young American fighters in the UFC that weren't on TUF. I can't think of any that are making more than 50k a fight.

I also think the sponsorship money, and the amount of poon-tang that fighters get thrown at them for being on reality tv shows outweighs not doing it.
BruceLee2011-02-10 04:34:09 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by LiveinTokyo

Whenever I see the pay figures for an event I always wonder if, by doing TUF, fighters actually lock themselves into worse contracts than if they didn't do the show. Granted Bones has alot more of a following that Bader, but $50,000 in base fee better?

I guess they get exposure and for the worse fighters they get a couple of guaranteed pay days. It just seems that on every fight card some of the worst paid are from TUF (but then some of them are very lucky to be on the card at all.

Just curious what people would do if you were in a similar situation (or had a friend/training partner who was going for it).

I think if you are good then TUF is the better choice. Guys like Florian, Forrest will have multiple title shots and ability to move down 3-4 weightclasses to get more title shots (I'm looking at you Florian). I think you also get a little more leeway before getting cut. Forrest is probably the best example of parlaying his TV time to a high salary, once his TUF contract was up and also getting book deals, etc.

Todd Duffee is a good example. I think he would have been better off going on TUF. After Russow he was cut.

Jon Jones is where he is because he is good. But even with a TUF contract, he'd probably be at the point of being off that contract by now.
evilotto2011-02-10 05:02:06 +0000 #4
This was Bones 7th fight in the UFC, so I would assume he is on his 2nd or 3rd contract, while Bader has had five UFC fights + the TUF finale. At 20k per fight, the six figure TUF winner contract would have to be at least 5 fights. When you add in the fact that Bones headlined both of the Versus cards, the pay gap is understandable.

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