Dana White, President of Promotion, reveals “serious cuts” to the inflated fighter roster.

By the end of the year, nearly 60 fighters will have completed the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Although the release of fighters to relieve the inflated roster is not unprecedented, the reported number for 2020 is far higher than average.

The promotion of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has seen its sales decline due to the lack of audiences at events, with the absence of fans meaning that the UFC missed a US$5.5 million gate only for UFC 249 in May. Later that month, UFC Leader Dana White said the promotion might lose more than $100 million in 2020 without fans in the venues.

White reveals the number of departures at a news conference in the wake of UFC Fight Night on 5 December.

‘’Here at the end of the year we’ll be going through some serious cuts,” he said no names. ‘’With the first of the year, there will definitely be 60 cuts.

‘’Right now, our roster is highly bloated. By the end of the year, we’ll have some big cuts. In the next few weeks you can see several names going here.”

One name that leaves the UFC is Yoel Romero, a mediumweight challenger. While the Cuban, 43 years old, lost his last three fights, in March he fought for a medium weight UFC championship.

The slew of signatures to its Contender Series, which is aimed at discovering the following stars of the sport, is also part of the UFC roster.

Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov is claimed to have won UFC 254 headlines of October for at least US$6 million. In comparison, Nate Diaz earned a basic wage of $20,000 plus incentives for his previous fight against Michael Johnson before his breakaway victory against Conor McGregor in 2016. The athletes of entrance level gain substantially less than the largest UFC titles.

The UFC is also reported to pay its fighters about 20 per cent of its profits, but their players, including Jorge Masvidal, have been called upon to make a higher share more compatible with the top US leagues.