The UFC has made another far-reaching change in a move that appears to be made to cut more boxer costs.
The UFC required COVID-19 testing for its fighters and heads before moving to the events they booked, and now they won’t be spending it anymore. The policy remains the same, but athletes will now reduce costs instead of promotions.
This is according to a report from Ariel Helwani, who said the change would be from their next event onward:
“For this weekend’s UFC card, the boxers and the corner players will be responsible for paying their own COVID testing costs, I said. Up to this point, the fighters and corners have performed a 10-day pre-departure test, domestically and internationally. That was paid for by the UFC. The international fighter/corner has arrived in the laboratory, the domestic fighter/corner has been sent kits. As of this weekend, it’s their responsibility to do and pay for the tests themselves. ”
The news comes shortly after Endeavor and the UFC bragged about breaking every financial record set by the promotion. Ari Emanuel recently celebrated its 2021 revenue and EBITDA, saying it is having the most profitable first three quarters in the company’s history.
The numbers reveal that the UFC is also capable is on track to generate $1 billion for the year, First time for promotions.
Low revenue share and pay warriors has long been a contentious issue for the UFC. Even if it’s not the biggest amount, this move to shift costs away from promoting athletes will only increase that gap even further.
https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2021/12/15/22837219/cost-cutting-ufc-now-requires-fighters-and-coaches-to-pay-for-covid-19-tests Cut down the costs? UFC now requires fighters and coaches to pay for COVID-19 tests