Originally Posted by wesrwood
Thanks I always wondered how some of these low level guys live. Get 4k every 4-6 months
Yea, it is really rough for the vast majority of pro fighters and I think the sport would benefit a lot if fringe UFCer's (above avg. pros) actually made a decent wage. A ton of guys work second jobs, have spouses that work, and/or go out of the country for their medical care.
Robert Drysdale is a many time world champion in BJJ, a superb athlete; basically a top tier prospect. His pro debut got delayed for at least a year, maybe several, because he had to go back to Brazil for surgery, and before that he was starting up a BJJ gym so he could afford to compete for 12k/year or whatever he gets.
Things are a little better now with the partial UFC health insurance but the financial side is still a huge hurdle for a lot of really talented guys.