ONE37pm: In the last two years or so, some really elite fighters from the UFC have tested their value in the open market. Demetrious Johnson, Anthony Pettis, Rory Macdonald… is it really worth leaving the top dog to see your worth in PFL, Bellator, One Championship?
Pompliano: I don’t know, my question would be are a lot of these guys coming back?
ONE37pm: So far no, but it is early. Fighters in the UFC having to wear Reebok is still relatively new. So no, it hasn’t happened yet, but I have no doubt that might happen in the future.
Pompliano: A lot of this is on a per fighter basis too. Ben Askren is fighting one of the Paul brothers. The number for McGregor is a lot different than Ben Askren. How much are those advertisers really going to pay? How much is Dana willing to pay you? One of the cool things in the UFC is everything can be negotiated.
ONE37pm: What are the biggest mistakes you see athletes making in the structuring of their contract? If there was one, what would it be?
Pompliano: When you think about it, a lot of these guys aren’t the ones doing it. And with the more matured structured leagues, you could hammer out the deal in an hour. When you talk about ‘deadlines get deals done’… but with the UFC they have a little more lead-way. But with other leagues, it’s not really up to them.