Norway is an example of the countries that fully prohibit MMA and the sport is illegal in the country.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) was banned in France in 2016, with the French Sports Ministry outlawing the use an octagonal cage and many of the key techniques involved. The Government warned at the time that the sport would be legal only once it was taken over by an existing French sports federation.Apr 13, 2021
As we can see, the biggest boxing fighters still earn more than UFC fighters (at least from theirs fighting sport), but on average UFC fighters probably earn more, because small professional and amateur boxers earn very little and usually have to pay everything for them selfs.
MMA (UFC) is still not more popular than boxing. Out of the top 50 PPV sales ever, boxing holds 25 spots, while UFC only has 15. However, boxing viewership rates have been stagnant, opposed to the rising numbers in UFC. There is something appealing that MMA promotions (mainly UFC) are doing to attract more audiences.
UFC and MMA are not the same things. MMA, which stands for Mixed Martial Arts, is a sport. UFC, which stands for Ultimate Fighting Championship, is a promotion (organization) that promotes MMA fights. Just like NHL and ice hockey or FIFA and football (soccer) – one is a league/tournament/cup, and one is a sport.