Tyson believes MMA stars will never bank enough to compete with boxers

‘The UFC is exciting and sexy… but boxers will always make more money’: Mike Tyson believes MMA stars will never bank enough to compete with top prizefighters

  • Mike Tyson thinks top boxers will always earn more than MMA counterparts 
  • Legendary former heavyweight struggles to get his head around the economics 
  • He said he ‘does not understand’ vast differences in pay between the sports 
  • Tyson was thought to be worth around £240million at the peak of his powers 

Mike Tyson believes top MMA fighters will never earn as much as their boxing counterparts despite the growing mass appeal of the sport. 

The legendary heavyweight admitted he cannot understand why the pay packets on offer for those who step into the octagon pale in comparison to prizefighters in his old sport. 

‘MMA will always have more views and stuff than boxing, but boxers will always make more money than MMA fighters,’ he told Brant James. 

Mike Tyson does not believe that MMA fighters will ever earn as much as top boxers

And when asked why he thinks that’s the case, the 53-year-old added: ‘That’s tricky, it doesn’t make any sense.

‘I don’t know, they don’t make enough money in my perspective. It’s exciting and sexy, but [UFC fighters] don’t make enough money.’  

Tyson made £24million for his second fight against Evander Holyfield and is said to have been worth around £240m at the peak of his powers. 

Conor McGregor is the highest earning MMA star but others below him bring in less 

While Conor McGregor can rival those numbers as the UFC’s most marketable superstar, those lower down the spectrum can only dream of such paydays. 

The Irishman’s biggest cheque to date was thought to be in the region of £100m for his foray into boxing to take on Floyd Mayweather.  

The top end fighters in the squared circle such as Canelo Alvarez, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua regularly bank enormous purses. 

But Tyson may be proved wrong eventually as the UFC continue to increase pay-days in line with the exploding popularity of MMA. 

Those fighting on top cards, particularly in the main event slot take home multi-millions and are also given a share of the pay-per-view revenue depending on how well the event sells. 

The former heavyweight world champion was thought to be worth around £240m at his peak

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