The Sunday Morning ‘MMA Politics’ – A surplus of MMA fighters in the industry….

This article is as much about MMA in general as it is also on the Asian MMA scene. The issue is world wide.

With the rise in popularity of Mixed Martial Arts across the globe, spreading like a wild-fire through absolutely all the continents on the globe… with speeches and articles commonly quoting MMA as “The fastest growing sport in the world”… its fair to say this sport is booming.

Like a Chinese population pre twentieth century, we have a surplus of people without a place to call home.

The big name promotions such as Bellator, UFC, and One FC are overwhelmed with willing applicants from across the globe. The fighters wanting in are high level and proven in many of the lower tier organisation.

Replies from Bellator are usually along these lines “Thankyou for your interest but Bellator roster is really stacked at the moment, we are rarely picking up new fighters” UG forum had an interesting article about how the UFC is no longer in need for a ‘US born white fighter’, suggesting that they have a stacked roster of local talent and may only really be looking for unique international names.

ONE FC has certainly been signing, but for sure they are now slowing down and looking for specific angles/qualities in fighters.

None of this is a knock on these high level promotions, its a credit to them that they have worked themselves into this position.

The positive news is that MMA has a wider range of high level fighters and many more lower level fighters on the way up.

The negative side is that with a surplus of high level MMA fighters, it has become harder and harder for them to get a solid contract.

This in turn creates its own dilemmas… Fighters begin to say yes to lower earning contracts as they are simply eager to be on a well promoted fight card. With no MMA union, fighters often find themselves under-cutting each other in order to get a contract on a decent event.

The other issue is the dichotomy between high level promotions and low level promotions. It seems there is a definite and large gap between promotions like UFC, Bellator, One FC, EFC etc etc, and the lower level MMA promotions around the world.

With this we see high level fighters earning low incomes on low level promotions, as they develop often the money does not, this is until the day they are able (if ever) to sign with one of the top tier promotions.

The mid-level promotions seem to be stuck on low level pays and limiting contracts.

For now it seems promotions are lucky to have a huge pool of talent to choose from, while fighters are currently in cut-throat competition with each other to fight to break from the low level straight into the high level events.



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