That ain't no reason for their base pay to be low fool. Especially $50k low.
these guys sign contracts before they get to a title shot. You think GSP was banking 400k and all his sponsorship money before he took the belt from Hughes??? Was Anderson making his flat 200k when he came in and beat Chris Leben??
You think Jon Jones was pulling in his money when he was f!ghting Shogun?? Once you get the belt, you can negotiate better contracts. Theres a reason why Machida didnt f!ght Rashad at UFC 133 and he told Dana it was because if he was going to f!ght on late notice, he wanted "Anderson Silva money" Dana told him to go fu*k himself basically and Tito Ortiz stepped in. So obviously anderson is being paid well aside from his base pay
These payouts mean nothing because its common knowledge from any person who follows mma that there are undisclosed amounts of money being thrown around behind the scenes. Sonnen might get 50k on paper thats being reported but we have no idea of the contract he signed for this specific f!ght to get paid for his ppv bonus, media that he has to do, appearances, etc.
When they report Mayweather and Paquiaos salary of like 20 million, do they include his ppv income???
Theres much more going on to what these f!ghters make, from sponsorships to whatever else Zuffa feels they wanna pay these guys. If regular dudes on boxden are thinking these guys are being r*ped salary wise, do you think Chael Sonnen, his family, team and his manager wouldnt think so too??? Obviously, Chael is a pretty smart to know he aint being paid just his base of 50k