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$30,000,000 For 6 Fights? Yeah, That Sounds Realistic (Updated!)

July 30, 2009

Let’s take a look at the supposed offer that Fedor Emelianenko and his Russin puppeteers turned down, shall we? Via Bloody Elbow.

– The UFC offered Fedor an immediate title shot

No shit. Were they going to have him take a tune-up fight against Heath Herring?

– Lesnar/Fedor would be the biggest PPV in MMA history (we assume), and the UFC offered M-1 Global a cut of the PPV on top of Fedor’s purse.

OK. There’s M-1’s cut.

– Fedor was free to wear as many M-1 logoed items as he wished.

OK. More for M-1.

– The UFC also relented on allowing Fedor to compete in combat sambo.

Sure. Who gives a shit if he wants to go practice Russian self-defense?

– The UFC offered Fedor a 6 fight, 30 million dollar contract.

*Record scratch*

What!?

Five million dollars per fight? See, it’s not the length of the contract I disbelieve, it’s the money. Brock Lesnar had a base salary of $400,000 for UFC 100. That was the base pay for the headliner at what was expected to be (and was) the biggest show in UFC history. Now you’re going to pay Fedor 12-times that?

I’m not 100% certain, but I think the most I’ve ever seen a fighter paid in the UFC was $500,000. Now, Lesnar and St. Pierre also got a portion of the pay-per-view, like Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture and other huge names do. Then there’s sponsor money and undisclosed bonuses.

Here’s what MMAjunkie always reminds us after they post the fighter paydays:

The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter’s income. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays.

Lesnar was rumored to make over $3 million from UFC 100. And again, that’s the biggest card in UFC history.

And what kind of win bonus does someone get for beating Fedor? $2,000,000? How do you properly compesate someone for the biggest upset in MMA history? If Lesnar beats Fedor, how do you justify paying Fedor $5,000,000 for his next fight and try and convince Lesnar he’s only worth $400,000?

I would believe this report if it was something like a million dollars a fight. A million base, plus bonuses and points on the package. It would still be twice as big as anyone has ever earned, but not so big that you couldn’t justify it. In a year or two as the sport continues to grow, that’s where the big fighter salaries are headed.

But $5 million dollars a fight?

It’s just unbelievable to me. And not a single blog has questioned this amount. I just don’t see it. What do I know though. Maybe the UFC did make a Godfather offer to the Russians and they turned it down. They’ve done it before. If that figure is real, Dana has my blessing to tell Fedor to fuck right off.

Well, maybe that wouldn’t be the best idea since Fedor is terrifying and I wouldn’t want to uspet the Russian mafia. I guess Dana should say, “Thank you for your interest, but we’re going to go in another direction. Take this white slave (Bisping) as a token of my appreciation.”

In closing, Fedor’s not going to fight in the UFC. Told you so.

Update: Ring Psychology also questioned the $30 Million figure. Here’s Jonathon Snowden’s take.

“The numbers being floated there are a little misleading. The UFC’s offer of $30 million over six fights isn’t a guarantee,” Snowden learned from a source. “The number is based on Zuffa’s projections of what Fedor’s take of the PPV money would be, and the numbers they are projecting are based on selling a ton of PPV’s. The actual guarantee for Fedor is much more modest. It’s true that if business stays at record levels Fedor could walk away with $30 million. But that is no guarantee.”

Boy, that almost makes sense.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. rockey permalink
    January 19, 2010 2:37 am

    Fedor is a good fighter and I think he is not after the money, the people that is managing this great fighter is trying to get something out of it, even Dana White said that in one of his interview when asked about Fedor. All in all, I would love to see Fedor compete in the UFC one day, it will be great for him to expand his fan base into the North American market. Sportsmanship is for athlete who love to compete and when money comes in, it interferes the individual to perform at a higher level. Money is not a must, its the passion that fighter like Fedor admire.

  2. February 12, 2010 11:37 pm

    fedor isn’t in it for the money bro, he’s in it for the fighting. he sees the ufc as like the corporate farms of the farming world, not the smaller places where the passion is. now what im saying? i like the ufc but i saw so much better fights in pride

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