MMA organization World Series of Fighting has announced that it will enter the pay-per-view business sometime in the second half of 2015. 50% of all net revenue earned from live pay-per-view events will be payed to fighters featured on the telecast.
WSOF president Ray Sefo states: “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,” he continues, “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.
The NBC-backed promotion has signed on names like Yushin Okami, John Fitch, Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields in its roster in a very short time span. While WSOF may be one of the newest MMA organizations on the scene, they made a very competitive statement by booking WSOF 15 on the same night that Bellator 131 and UFC 180. With future plans to enter the pay-per-view market, it will be interesting to see how the organization moves forward with such bold moves.