White: $5,000,000 man not Brock or Jones
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones famously has two brothers in the NFL, Arthur, who is older, and Chandler, who is younger. Arthur is a defensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, while Chandler is a defensive lineman for the New England Patriots.
Both brothers make approximately $2,000,000 per year. It has been widely assumed that with the mature pay structure in the NFL, the football players were making more money than the fighter, but according to Arthur, it is Jones who makes more, more even than both brothers combined.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the accounting on Monday.
“Damn right he is,” said White. “Why would he say it if it wasn’t true? You got all the idiots that say our fighters don’t make any money and all this other stuff. They make lot’s of money; it’s just nobody’s business how much money they make.”
Last week, White said during a Google Hangout with Fox Sports that the single highest payday a UFC fighter has earned from one fight is $5 million. The UFC boss wouldn’t divulge who that fighter was, but he did confirm that neither Jones nor the former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar are the five-million-dollar man.
What White did reveal, however, is that whoever the owner of that $5 million payday is, UFC fans still pay to see them fight in the octagon to this day.
“Yup, still fights,” White said.
As GSP is the sport’s biggest PPV draw, it stands to reason that he is five million dollar man.