Something I've had back and forths with people about since I stopped training is the question of whether its right or wrong to make fighters sell tickets in order to fight on shows. Came up through personal experience, show I fought on had a rule that if you couldn't sell 25-30 tickets consistently then you weren't going to fight on the show, and if you did, then you weren't going to get paid. Coach would still match you, but you'd fight on away cards for other promotions. Argument being, the show is a business and it costs money to run, so each fight needs to make X amount in sales or its costing the promoters, and thus the gym/coaches, money. Counter argument I've heard to this is that a show runs because it has fighters. Basically differing sides of the fence on who needs who. Personally, I've continued to feel torn about it. I understand the fact its a business and promoters don't owe a fighter any favours, even if they're also your coach. Business is business and shows don't run for free. However, I do know that ticket sales was a factor in me just straight giving up on mma. I wouldn't focus on a fight leading up to one, I would worry about how on earth I was going to sell 25 tickets given I have an estranged family and am pretty much a loner. Felt like I'd put the time in to train, paid my membership, done everything else, but was being punished for not being a social butterfly. Also that a fighters job is to fight. A promoters job is to promote. Getting bums in seats is your job, if I can add to it and get a cut then great, but its not my primary job. On the other hand, I can imagine if I ran a show I would very much be expecting the fighters to generate sales given mma isn't a super popular local sport for most people and most of my sales, i assume, would come from word of mouth and by associates of the fighters. So I feel rather torn on how I feel about the whole thing. Wondered what other folks thought?