$5 million most UFC athlete made for one bout


Today during a Google Hangout, UFC President Dana White was asked what the most any UFC athlete had ever made for a single bout. Lorenzo Fertita happen to be near by and they both agreed it was approxiamately $5 million. The UFC bosses would not reveal to whom it was paid, but Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, or Brock Lesnar are likely candidates:

"We paid a guy $5 million for a fight before, [but] we didn't start making money until 2007. That was six years ago. So boxing's been around for a 100 years, they've been doing big events since way back when. Pretty amazing what we have done in short amount of time. I don't think a lot of people look at that way and break it down for what it really is."

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What most likely spurred the question was the recent reveal that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is set to make a guaranteed $41.5 million for this Saturday's bout. Boxing of course is a sport that has been around for a hundred years and mixed martial arts only since 1993.


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Brian J DSouza site profile image  

9/16/13 6:52 PM by Brian J DSouza

Maybe I misphrased that. You have to combine the learning curve, equipment (being with a competitive team) and even year-to-year cycles of technological improvements-- like Mansell having automatic suspension. At the same time, you're right-- Mansell's teammate in 1992 didn't do as well as him with equal equipment. Its generally accepted that Danica Patrick is one of the best funded drivers in NASCAR. But is she really in the top 30 NASCAR drivers? What if the drivers who haven't run full seasons had more funding, or Nationwide drivers? You're right that we should accept that the best are the best, but there'd still be a learning curve when transitioning from F1 to IndyCar or NASCAR, etc as Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti, Nigel Mansell and Danica Patrick have all shown. You can't say F1 drivers > IndyCar > NASCAR because there are too many variables.

Frames4Life site profile image  

9/16/13 2:10 PM by Frames4Life

there are teams in the EPL that can barely win a game, you can still tell who the decent players are.

Brian J DSouza site profile image  

9/16/13 1:49 PM by Brian J DSouza

Between F1, IndyCar and NASCAR, there's no telling who the best drivers are, either by comparing series OR individual drivers within the series. You need a competitive car, and even in stock car racing, not all teams are funded equally. There are teams in F1 that will never score a single point because their cars are too slow.

ssj site profile image  

9/15/13 1:49 PM by ssj

F1 > NASCAR or any others

CombatAthLeteXX site profile image  

9/15/13 12:40 PM by CombatAthLeteXX

James Toney

Frames4Life site profile image  

9/15/13 11:07 AM by Frames4Life

That's my point. Yet we all have to endure listening to NFL, NBA, NHL players calling themselves world champions after they've won there domestic leagues in sports that aren't acknowledged outside America.

BRZ site profile image  

9/15/13 10:31 AM by BRZ

No in Formula 1 you are world champion since they race all over the world with drivers from all over the world.

Frames4Life site profile image  

9/15/13 9:38 AM by Frames4Life

Just did a bit of research on Nascar and indy car. The US invented some new sports so they don't have to compete with the rest of the world, SHOCK!! Let me guess, if you win NASCAR you are a "world champion"? LOL.

Frames4Life site profile image  

9/15/13 9:33 AM by Frames4Life

I don't even know what nascar and indy car are. Anyway, looks like it's Martinez next for Floyd. If Khan beats Alexander he might go that route.

Brian J DSouza site profile image  

9/15/13 7:03 AM by Brian J DSouza

Comparing the revenue an event-- ANY sports event-- generates from PPV, TV, sponsorship, merchandise and other sources is the fairest comparison. Doesn't matter when a sport was established. Some sports like IndyCar are in decline, while others like NASCAR have top-tier status. It matters when TV deals are written. But no one can be sure of anything with MMA because there's no transparency with those revenue streams.