I hear you bro,
But the "lesnar's" and "lashley's" were pro wrestlers making millions of dollars a year. They had/have options. My point is that if you have the potential to be one of those guys, or become a DLH, Mayweather, etc, or pursue another sport where you ARE making multimillion dollar contracts
why the fuck would you take the chance at fighting mma?
Lesnar and Lashley are pursuing MMA because they DON"T need money (anymore).
There's a handful of guys actually cracking the million a year mark to fight MMA.
So for the guys who are at least in contender status if they're BUSTING ASS...that means promoting for sponsors, training full time, fighting 4-5x a year, WINNING, getting BONUSES, teaching at their own school (essentially running a small business), seminars, etc
They'll make MAYBE 300k a year? and that's really fucking pushing it. It's really more like barely 150k-200k, but lets say they're A+'ing everything, they STILL won't crack a million. While one of the big names does that in ONE (maybe 2) fight(s)?
It's SERIOUSLY not worth it if you're doing it for money because how many guys actually do reach that kind of contender status? As you noted, it's few and far between. There's a lot of guys who get filtered out and don't even get in the UFC.
It's better money than 30k a year as a wrestling coach, in theory. except that you don't have to pay your coach, training fees, camp fees, sparring partners, and your manager.
It's pretty fucking badass if you can make it to the big time but otherwise. 5k a fight, 3x a year if you're LUCKY with the huge depth chart they have isn't shit. And don't lose, you'll get cut QUICK.
Still, you're right about one thing, much better deal than real wrestling.