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UFC Lightweight Piotr Hallman was brutally knocked out by Alex Oliveira over the weekend. But that wasn’t the most shocking thing about this fight. The real shocker was that Hallman was the only fighter on the card with 1 person in his corner:
It makes you ask yourself whats going on? Who is he training with on fight week? Who is he rolling with for his Jujitsu technique? How is he working on his getting warmed up backstage before he walks out to the fight? Because the UFC only pay for 1 corner’s flight and hotel expenses, it makes it impossible for young fighters to afford a proper team come fight night. Especially with the costs of a flight to Brazil.
This is just one of the sad parts of MMA. Fighters who are not super stars in the UFC get paid pretty low salaries. He makes $10,000 / $10,000 per fight but like Myles Jury broke it down, a $25,000 in the UFC actually means close to $5,000. With Reebok also giving these young guys so little compensation, it completely shuts off the most valuable resource of money a fighter depends on, Sponsorship.
Hallman explains in a cryptic facebook post that he has to work a day job just in order to eat and survive during the off season. After losing this weekend he will only recieve $10,000 and no win bonus, now he might have to work 2 jobs.
It appears that Hallmann has removed his facebook post, probably to ensure no repercussions from the UFC, but we have a screenshot of the post below. (UPDATE) Piotr Hallman Is saying that the post was faked.
I did not post anything after my recent fight. Just got back home. That one was never on my facebook and it is fake. Don't know who and why.
— Piotr Hallmann (@PiotrHallmann) November 11, 2015
Excerpt from an interview with The Korean Zombie’s manager:
“The UFC DOES pay for airfare and hotel for the fighter + 1. However, for fighters from Korea, we have to come in at least 10 days early (2 weeks is better) in order to get used to the time difference. The UFC tickets flights (and books the hotel) for 4 or 5 days before the fight. So, the fighters from Korea (and other foreign countries) have to pay the difference in fares and the extra days for room and board.If you assume that a fighter is going to bring, at least, their coach and a sparring partner (for KTT, they bring me as well), that means the fighter is paying for 2 extra plane tickets (usually between $1200-2000 RT from Seoul). Add in 5 or 6 days of room and board for 4-5 guys and it starts to add up! Then take out US federal and state taxes, then the guys get taxed again in Korea. Subtract paying the fees to the coach and sparring partner… and what’s the fighter left with? Unless they get a bonus (or two), or are making a really good base pay, not much.If you think about the fact that [Korean Zombie] (before the Poirier fight) was making $6,000 as base pay, then you’ll realize that for a lot of our fights in the US, we end up losing money. But, the fighters do it hoping to build up to bigger paydays and more sponsor money.”