According to statistics from the end of last decade, UFC has brought in 250 million USD / year, accounting for 90% of revenue from martial arts sport. Much of its revenue comes from monthly subscriptions to watch matches via television. Releasing DVDs, selling T-shirts or watching games on the Internet also brought in significant money.
Currently, UFC is maintaining agreements with broadcasters operating on a global scale. In the United States, UFC signs an agreement with Fox to serve domestic needs while creating the UFC Fight Pass to keep pace with the growing digital trend. Finally is the form of pay-per-view, collecting money directly from the audience through each view.
According to 2014 statistics, UFC’s revenue is 600 million USD and continues to increase. UFC matches are seen almost everywhere in the world. As a result, advertising revenue also increased sharply. According to statistics from 2007, the revenue from advertising after each fiscal year of UFC increased an average of 14.6%.
However, UFC is not the only company that knows how to make money from MMA. Bellator FC, a company founded in 2008 based in Santa Monica, California, is also emerging as a formidable name. Outside the US borders, MMA is also becoming a popular sport around the world. In Asia, ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) quickly recognized the trend and became a big name in the regional MMA village.
ONE FC was born in 2011 in Singapore and is the first MMA tournament in the world with a category for female gladiators. Events take place in Singapore and many famous cities in the region such as Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Taipei, Phnom Penh, Beijing, Guangzhou, Yangon, Hefei, Macau and Bangkok. ONE FC also has a long history of cooperation with Fox Sports Asia, the new name of ESPN Star Sports.
Although the industry is growing, the gladiators’ salaries are kept a secret, with the exception of the top names. For those in the top 10 UFC gladiators, the salary they receive is an average of $ 4 million / year. However, the income of lesser gladiators was also much lower.
There was much talk around the money the MMA gladiators received. Even some articles claim that those who pursue this subject just because of passion, not because of money. However, the wage security policy among MMA circles makes it difficult for outsiders to know the truth behind this billion-dollar industry.