If there’s a combat sports event in Arizona, fans will no longer be able to see how much fighters were paid.
On Monday, it was revealed that Arizona joined the list of states who no longer publicly releases fighter pay. This is a new change for 2022.
Add Arizona to the list of states no longer publicly releasing fighter pay, per commission spokesperson.
“The Boxing & MMA Division no longer retains purse information/payouts from events in the state. I would suggest reaching out to the promoter to obtain that information”
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) January 31, 2022
“Add Arizona to the list of states no longer publicly releasing fighter pay, per commission spokesperson,” MMA Junkie reported.
“‘The Boxing & MMA Division no longer retains purse information/payouts from events in the state. I would suggest reaching out to the promoter to obtain that information’”
Nevada stopped disclosing fighter payouts two years ago under a new confidentiality agreement. Then, last year, leading up to UFC 261, Florida announced it was no longer sharing fighter purses because it was described as a “trade secret” by the UFC.
It’s unclear why Arizona recently joined the list.
The move comes after the state hosted two major Bellator cards and one UFC event over the past few months.
The promotion has been to Arizona just five times. This weekend, they’ll be hosting a DAZN main event title fight between super flyweights Carlos Cuadras and Jesse Rodriguez.
California, Georgia and Ohio are the few states that still disclose fighter pay, a topic that has caused UFC President Dana White and his company to be criticized. Most athletic commissions in the United States don’t disclose purses.