is there a contradiction?

English translation: The winner of the grappling tournament got paid £1,000, but there was no money in MMA.

04:35 Nov 8, 2016
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English term or phrase: is there a contradiction?
Hello everyone,

John Kavanagh writes in his book:

The first fight I was offered was on a show in a little hall in Milton Keynes, promoted by a guy called Lee Hasdell. He was a successful fighter himself and promoted the first events in the UK, so he’s regarded as the godfather of UK MMA. Lee was running an eight‑man grappling tournament, ***with the winner taking home £1,000***, and wanted to put on an MMA fight during an interval after the semi‑finals to give the two winners a break before the final. That’s where I came in.

I travelled over with Robbie Byrne – at my own expense, as always, ***because you didn’t get paid for fights on the regional circuit back in those days***. There was no real distinction between professional and amateur fights, like there is now. A fight was a fight.

I've to admit the following statements sound contradictory to me?

with the winner taking home £1,000
because you didn’t get paid for fights on the regional circuit back in those days

Is there a contradiction and if not, how should one understand them?

Thank you.
Mikhail Korolev
Local time: 14:16
Selected answer:The winner of the grappling tournament got paid £1,000, but there was no money in MMA.
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Darius Saczuk
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Thank you, Dariusz.
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3 +6The winner of the grappling tournament got paid £1,000, but there was no money in MMA.
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The winner of the grappling tournament got paid £1,000, but there was no money in MMA.


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Darius Saczuk
United States
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Thank you, Dariusz.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Peter Nicholson
1 hr
  -> Thank you, Peter.

agree  Tony M: Yes, and in any case, the distinction is between prize money (for the winner only) and getting paid just for taking part in the fight (= wages)
1 hr
  -> Precisely. Thank you, Tony.

agree  Jack Doughty: with Tony.
1 hr
  -> Right. Thank you, Jack.

agree  Yvonne Gallagher: with Tony
4 hrs
  -> Right. Thank you, Gallagy.

agree  Yasutomo Kanazawa
8 hrs

agree  acetran
3 days 12 hrs
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