Just in case you were thinking about becoming a UFC referee in order to put food on the table for your family, you can rest assured that unless you truly love the sport, you probably should find another source of income.
While NFL and NBA referees (especially high-profile ones) rake in serious money, it's actually not that lucrative to referee UFC events. You have to do it for the love of the game!
Here's what Big John McCarthy had to say about pulling in a $1,900 check for UFC 194...
"We don't do this because we become rich off of it. And everyone thinks we get rich off of it. We don't get rich off of it. It is the ability to have that opportunity and honor to be able to step into that cage and that ring with high profile championship fighters that bust their ass to get to that point and you're busting your ass to get to that point, too. And when you make it, it's an opportunity, you know? That's the kind of thing that you sit there and later on in life you go, I was able to get to that."
So, there you have it. $1,900 may sound like a lot of money for a few hours of work, but you have to realize that they rotate refs in over time and that is far from a steady paycheck.
You gotta love this shit, and Big John McCarthy certainly does.
(Via: Bloody Elbow)