MMA World Series of Fighting will begin scheduling pay-per-view events in the second half of 2015, the company announced today. Since the company began promoting events in 2012, their events have been seen on NBC Sports Network.
That’s news in itself — but there’s something possibly even more noteworthy here. WSOF reports that they will split half of net revenue from each PPV to the event’s fighters.
A press release describes this as “a radical move that could forever change the earning potential of mixed martial arts fighters.”
WSOF President Ray Sefo, pictured above (middle) at WSOF 13, explains: “This is a proud day for the sport of mixed martial arts and our organization and one that we hope will create a better opportunity for the fighters who put everything on the line every time they step inside the cage.”
“Until now,” continued Sefo, “one of the main things holding this sport back from becoming even bigger than it is today has been fighter compensation and the inability of the sport’s top athletes to earn on par with top-level professional athletes in other sports.
“If fighters can’t earn a fair share of the money at the top,” said Sefo, “the fighters lose hope or become disenchanted with the sport, which impacts their commitment to training and preparing properly for title fights. That is about to change, thanks to this major step we are taking now fighters will train harder than ever to become a champion giving the fans some epic championship bouts to enjoy. We want to thank NBC Sports and NBC for giving us such an amazing stage to grow World Series of Fighting since its debut.”
World Series of Fighting holds their next event, WSOF 14, on October 11. Jake Shields and Ryan Ford will headline the card in a welterweight bout.