You’d think a big Boxing promotion like Golden Boy making the transition/addition to one of the fasted growing combat sports in the world would generate some serious dollar.
Also seeing as wealthy as Oscar De La Hoya is, you’d think the fighters would be getting serious paydays especially with the names like Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz on the card. You thought oh so very wrong my friend…
Cast your mind back to when Oscar De La Hoya, the owner and promoter for Golden Boy slated the UFC and Dana White for fighter pay. So with that what do you expect? The fighters under his promotion to receive a generous amount of pay.
Especially with the risks both Ortiz and Liddell took, coming back into a very dangerous sport way past their primes and well into their retirements.
“The Current Structures Terrible”
Back in August, De La Hoya spoke to Fight Hub TV. During the interview, he spoke on how MMA pay makes him ‘sick’. Quotes courtesy of MMA Junkie.
“I’m really looking forward to getting into the MMA world and making sure that these fighters are being compensated well,”
“Because, look, we risk our lives up in the ring. So fighters should be compensated extremely well.”
“The current structure’s terrible. I’ve been talking to many, many fighters in the MMA, and it’s ridiculous what they get paid. It’s crazy. It gets me sick to my stomach. So I’m going to start Golden Boy MMA for a reason, and it’s going to start with Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, to pay them correctly, to pay them what they deserve.”
Well the pay for fighters under Golden Boy MMA was released and it looks like someone changed their mind…
Now its no secret Boxing brings in the big bucks, especially bigger than MMA. People like Canelo getting a guaranteed 5 million dollar payday for his fight with GGG who received 3 million. Comparing this to a fight like DC and Stipe Miocic where DCA received 500 thousand dollars and Stipe 750 thousand.
On the same card, the lowest paid fighters received $10,000 to show, another $10,000 for a victory and $12,000 for the other.
The risk Liddell and Ortiz took to get back into the octagon, you’d at least expected Ortiz to receive a win bonus.
Maybe in the future, we will see an increase in the pay for the fighters all around the card. People have bills to pay and this is their job. At least the UFC were providing a slightly more considerate amount for their lower ranked fighters.