Rogan: GSP made $5,000,000 a fight


During a Google Hangout last September, UFC president Dana White was asked what the most any UFC fighter had ever made for a single bout. 

"We paid a guy $5 million for a fight before, [but] we didn't start making money until 2007," said White. "That was six years ago. 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."

White did not reveal who the fighter was, but there was widespread agreement that Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, and Brock Lesnar were the most likely candidates

UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub appeared recently on The Joe Rogan Experience, and when the discussion turned to fighter compensation, Rogan revealed that the Five Million Dollar Man is GSP.

"When you look at pay, there's a pay that's listed as far as the purse you get after the fight," said Rogan. "That doesn't take into account a lot of factors. There's a lot of things they want to remain private. You're not just getting paid that amount. Some people are. But when a guy is selling tickets, a big name fighter, there's a lot of factors in there. Incentives, pieces of Pay Per View. Georges St-Pierre was making $5 million a fight.

"He's making a lot of f---ing money. He's got sponsors, Gatorade, all this other stuff. Other revenue coming in. Georges St-Pierre made a f---load of money fighting."

(17:00 min mark)



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10mtncombat site profile image  

4/22/14 11:15 AM by 10mtncombat

no, i meant his base pay before ppv share or fotn? maybe that's his issue cause he knows he will get no where close to that for his next fight. if he got a million for that fight, maybe he thinks he should get that for every fight? people love to watch him fight, hate him or love him...if he fights hendricks, i don't see why they couldn't give him another million. if it's for undercards, no way.

jagen site profile image  

4/22/14 10:33 AM by jagen

They probably include TUF newbs as fighters. So it will vary by 50-100 each year, especially when they're doing 4 of these stupid shows a year.

8flat site profile image  

4/22/14 9:58 AM by 8flat


dubate site profile image  

4/21/14 6:45 PM by dubate

As of 3 weeks ago there was just under 460 total fighters.

8flat site profile image  

4/21/14 3:20 PM by 8flat

Last Feb. Dana cut down to 375 fighters: Are you sure they have that many staff?  Seems high but I don't know.

8flat site profile image  

4/21/14 3:13 PM by 8flat

It's a good question, I'm not sure but it seems that if the young fighters could average 3 fights per year then 20/20 would be decent.  Win bonus seems important.  A guy could make $120k his first year if he won them all, then like you said you re-negotiate after that first year. I can't speak to fees, but yeah it seems like some of their fees are pretty high, but like in Rousey's case that first manager really helped launch her career.  

Confines site profile image  

4/20/14 8:02 AM by Confines

The jump in level of competition could make for more exciting fights, leading to more ppv buys and sold out events, leading to a future increase in base pay.

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4/20/14 7:58 AM by Confines

I feel like fighters need to be paid enough money to make fighting worth it.. To put it simply, fighters need to be paid enough to make a living. If they need a side job, that takes away from time training, making them less competitive, making them less entertaining (ideally). If you offer a better fighter base pay, you attract more fighters, and are thus able to sift through better talent. If a guy fights 3 times a year, and makes 6/6, at most he's making 36. I know salaries change but hear me out. I think 15/15 with health insurance is doable; a guy, barring injury could potentially make 90, not an unreasonable athlete salary. If a guy loses and gets cut, at least he walks with 15 and he didn't necessarily waste his time with an 8 week training camp.

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4/20/14 4:35 AM by KingOfFighters

With the numbers he pulled probably deserved 10-15mil a fight. So is he making good money? Yes. Is he getting paid what he's worth? I don't think so.

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4/20/14 1:31 AM by stephen1547

Might not be the most reliable source, but lists GSP as worth $25 million and making $6 million per fight.