Outside of five cards on Fox and the upstart World Series of Fighting on NBC, MMA fans need to spend money to see fights. It's not a cheap sport to love. Between pay-per-views, cable subscriptions, tickets and DVDs, fans drop a lot of cash on MMA.
Four Cagereaders tracked their expenses on MMA and were nice enough to share them.
Will, 34 from North Carolina:
I wound up going out of town for the ppv so no money there. I do subscribe to showtime so if you count that for the Rousey fight night, I dropped 15 bucks for showtime. I think you had wanted food etc. figure for food and beer that night, we spent another 25 bucks or so.
Total for Will: $40
RJ is 34, and lives in Richland, Wash. He went to Las Vegas early in August:
Out of pocket expense is a lost wager of $50 on Bader (I really thought he'd do better plus the odds would have paid off nicely) and about $25 for food and beverage in the sportsbook.
I did not purchase a PPV this month.
Total for RJ: $75
Ryan, from Iowa, said he has spent up to $2,500 for a trip to Las Vegas for a UFC event. But August was cheaper for this avid MMA fan:
UFC 150 on pay per view - $55
UFC 145 on DVD - $11.88
UFC 146 on DVD - $11.88
I purchase every DVD released from the UFC.
Strikeforce: Rousey vs Kaufman - Ordered Showtime at $15 per month. I usually wait and order in time for Dexter to start, but decided to do it earlier so I had it in time for this fight.
Troy is from Sunnyvale, Calif., and spent the most among our Cagereaders:
August 4 -- UFC on Fox- Fortunately this was a free card put on by the UFC but my group of friends and I would have easily paid for this card. The only expense for this was bringing food and soda to the viewing party at my friend's house. Total was $20 for chips, salsa, and 2 liters.
August 7 -- I was charged my monthly fee ($75) for training at the Academy of Self Defense in Santa Clara, CA. This is where I train in Muay Thai and Boxing. Being a fan of MMA, I like to train in order to learn more about the sport and understand the sacrifices these athletes make to compete at such a high level.
August 11 -- UFC 150: Henderson/Edgar- A bunch of my friends and I were in Las Vegas to watch the fights and we were charged $10 to watch the fights at a local bar/restaurant. In addition to that I also made a trip out to Wanderlei's gym because he is my favorite fighter. He wasn't at the gym that day but I did pick up another Wand Fight Team pair of shorts for $40.
August 18 -- Strikeforce on Showtime- Thankfully one of my friends has Showtime so we had a group of friends come over to watch the fights, BBQ, and drink. I spent $20 on alcohol and various foods for the event.
Random stuff -- I bought into a couple of group case breaks of UFC trading cards. Total amount of money spent on two breaks was $68.97 and I bought spots for three fighters (Dustin Poirier, Dominick Cruz, Gilbert Melendez). I ended up getting some nice cards in return.
Total for Troy: $233.97
It averages out to $119.93 per Cagereader. Personally, I spent $54.95 for the pay-per-view (which was reimbursed by Yahoo! Sports), $10 for Showtime, and around $15 for Thai food delivery on each fight night.
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