The life of an ultimate fighter has always been a very expensive one with money going towards eating right, training and paying a team of coaches. The dollars would disappear quite quickly and when the balance in the bank reaches zero after every fight camp, these elite athletes need to figure out if this is the right path and if they can financially do this career full time. There are so many heartbreaking stories of fighters living in their car or not having enough money for food and not knowing where their next meal was going to come from.
The one blemish on the beautiful sport of mixed martial arts is that it is notorious for having a lack of massive pay days for fighters. There are countless occasions where negotiations have turned sour and a once loyal “company man” turns against Dana White for not providing the financial security they feel they rightfully deserve. Most of the time the controversy seems to orbit around one of the king pin companies of MMA, the UFC. Some of the legends of the famed company like Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and now even current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, have let their disdain be known for the treatment of how contract negotiations went.
In the era of MMA social media, the hustle and grind for mixed martial artists is endless. Sure, they aren’t making millions but a sponsorship is a sponsorship and fans are wanting to be a part of the journey of their favourite fighter more than ever. Fans donating and helping fighters achieve their dreams is a pretty cool thing to witness.
The Opportunity of a Lifetime for One Fan
Mike Davis has evolved the way of getting paid with an offer that gives one mixed martial arts fan the opportunity of a lifetime for his upcoming fight with Viacheslav Borshchev at UFC Vegas 61: Dern vs. Yan.
Mike Davis has proposed that if one lucky fan donates ten thousand dollars, he or she could be a part of Davis’ fight week experience. Hopefully whoever ponies up the 10K is respectful to not only Mike Davis, but the sport of MMA. The lucky fan could have a once-in-a-lifetime experience but could also be an asset to Mike Davis for his exciting match up against Viacheslav Borshchev.
The Offer From Mike Davis
Check out the social media post that Mike Davis posted on his personal Twitter account.
If this is a serious offer, Mike Davis could have innovated something new in a way to make a bunch of money, and it might catch on with his peers and could possibly start a new trend of cash flow for fighters. But like with any business, the UFC might have some say in this proposed offer. They need to protect their brand and company and might change the rules on the corner men and women who enter the arena with the fighter.
It is pretty exciting to see the sport evolve and make it fan friendly, all the while getting the fighters paid, but is this new concept of earning money and sponsorships for fighters something you as a fight fan would contribute to if you had the cash? Let us know in the comments!
— Ultimate Fight Fans (@ULTfightFANS) September 26, 2022