The benefits of becoming an independent contractor for Zuffa, LLC just got that much more enticing. The parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce not only announced they would flip the bill for most of their fighters’ medical expenses starting next month, but Zuffa is set to handsomely reward their athletes for actively using Twitter.
While the NFL and NBA have disciplined their employees for posting comments on the social media network, UFC president Dana White is encouraging his athletes to “Tweet your asses off.”
According to MMAFighting, all current Zuffa fighters will be separated into FOUR divisions. The Twitter divisions will be based on how many followers they currently have on the blue-birded network.
Tweeting Rules and Regulations:
The company will select FOUR division winners from each of the THREE categories at the end of every quarter (The last day of June signifies the end of Q2 in the business world, but Zuffa will put this plan into effect June 1st).
Winners will be based on:
1) Who has gained the most followers since the start of the quarter.
2) Which fighter garnered the highest percentage of new followers.
3) Who posted the most creative tweets. (White will determine who takes this category)
Winners will receive a $5,000 bonus.
In all, Octagon brass will shell out $240,000/year to their most productive tweeters.
Based on some of the messages coming from this week’s UFC Fighter Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, it appears each fighter may be required to have a minimum of 2,000 followers to be eligible.
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Here’s what heavyweight Pat Barry had to say about becoming a keyboard warrior:
“TYPING MAKES ME [EXPLETIVE] HOT!!! #UFCSummit!!!”