Fight 2 Win CEO Seth Daniels has publicly announced the grappling promotion’s stats for 2020, including the total purses paid to competing athletes. The news comes on the back of their final event for the year, Fight 2 Win 159, that took place on December 13th and delivered yet another night of high-level grappling action. Fight 2 Win is one of the biggest grappling promotions in America but much like every other live sports business, grappling promotions were hit incredibly hard this year by restrictions put in place to combat Coronavirus.
It’s very impressive then when looking at the stats that Fight 2 Win still managed to pay out $565,770 in purses to their competing athletes, paid for a total of 960 matches and 1920 athlete appearances. This means that the average athlete payout per match was $294.67 and although this may not sound like much, it’s important to note that these matches run all the way from blue belt to black belt and also include some kids and teen matches, which will bring that average down of course.
This marks the first time in three years that Fight 2 Win hasn’t managed to surpass the $1 million mark for athlete purses after breaking records year after year. 2018 was the first time they announced that they’d achieved that feat, and they managed to improve it to cross the $1.2 million mark in the following year. Under normal circumstances, it would be disappointing to move backwards but given the unique challenges that they have been forced to face in 2020, it’s impressive to be able to continue operating at all.
March onward was a very difficult time for any sports promotion and Fight 2 Win were forced to cancel a number of events. That coupled with the continuing travel restrictions that have prevented certain athletes from competing, and preventing the promotion from travelling very far afield, have made 2020 a uniquely challenging year. It was a huge boost to morale when Texas announced that they were opening back up for live audiences at combat sports events, as that is where F2W do the majority of their business. Regardless, they still managed to hold events in nine cities, across a total of seven different US states.
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