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Thursday, 11/10/2011, 09:15 am

GSP Confirms Average Income Of $4-$5 Million Per Fight

Ever wonder why GSP is content with fighting an average of two times per year? Well as he tells it it’s probably due to the fat stacks of cash that go along with his pay-per-view cuts delivered by his employer, the UFC.

In a recent interview with the Agence France-Presse, the UFC’s welterweight champion goes on record and for the first time gives fans some insight into what one of UFC’s top stars actually brings home with all the bonus amounts handed out on top of their “disclosed” base salaries.

Here is what he had to say:

“I learned that the UFC makes the most money on pay-per-view when I am fighting. That made me smile. For me, a fight is (worth) $4 to $5 million, and in the city where the UFC holds its events, there are economic benefits of between $15 to $20 million. It’s huge!”

It is a very rare occurrence that a UFC fighter talks compensation to the media. We are always left to speculate on PPV buys, percentages taken home and bonus amounts given to fighters because we are only given the base contracted pay as required by state law in certain athletic jurisdictions.

The UFC has stated that GSP is their biggest pay-per-view star and apparently his checks prove the same.

Anyone shocked at a $5 million dollar pay rate for the UFC’s welterweight champ?


0 Responses to “GSP Confirms Average Income Of $4-$5 Million Per Fight”

  1. Joe says:

    5 million $ that knee shoulda been perfectly healthy

  2. Fortyb4five says:

    and honestly I bet the ufc makes the most ppv sales when Brock is fighting.

    • Donnybrook says:

      WTF!!… what is up with you clowns in denial!!. Even DANA WHITE has said “GSP IS THE PPV KING!!”… now suck it up buttercup. and honestly I think you and junkie are retarded.

        • josh says:

          He obviously is a person who doesnt agree with what you say.

        • Casey Gapol says:

          brock lesnar is probably bigger ppv king. Just saying.
          Id like to see the numbers

        • Donnybrook says:

          I’m Doonybrook… someone who disagrees with you. I apologize for being a bit harsh, i don’t think your retarded but islandjunky could be.

        • Fortyb4five says:

          lol not sure if this is sarcasm or not. But thanks for the comment.

        • Donnybrook says:

          No man, no sarcasm here. your welcome.

        • Donnybrook says:

          Hows it going junkie… looks like you had an extra helping of stupid today. I guess 90% of the MMA community including the boss man himself (Dana) don’t know what they’re talking about hey… keep on eating stupid in your denial bubble buddy.

        • Donnybrook says:

          Keep yappin your piss flaps junkie it’s getting you nowhere. Too bad nobodies going to see him lose anytime soon… but I guess one can always wish. Cheers

        • Donnybrook says:

          Oh and BTW thanks for at least admitting GSP is the PPV KING with your “dana will ride w whoever brings in money hes all bidniz” part of your comment… POINT PROVEN.

        • Donnybrook says:

          You have NO case junkie… how long did you spend digging that up, obsess much!?. I almost feel sorry for you… almost.

        • Donnybrook says:

          LMFAO!… you didn’t prove shit!!… actually you did, you proved your a hateful little human with too much time on your hands. Keep living in your pathetic little fantasy world junkie and continue on with your crusade against GSP… now crawl back into your little cubical and lick your wounds

        • Doonybrook says:

          You proved nothing that was being debated moron… you just started debating about shit i wasn’t even talking about. Thanks for reminding me i was dealing with an adolescent, when all else fails just start insulting people with childish comment eh. You really want to know what I like about GSP shithead… he’s made me a pile of money because he doesn’t lose… I’m sure you’ve lost a pile because of your “he shot my dog and raped me after” attitude towards him. Don’t flatter yourself junkie i don’t get mad at anyone on the internet because what’s the point??… you cant do anything about it.

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          thanks for proving me right once again. all you or any bandwagon mma fanbitch likes is a winner. regardless if theyre exciting, well mannered, public serving, nothing. all u care about is the wins so you can talk shit online like you know anything or have any individual thought towards any fighter, their skill set, and how they reflect mma. typical newbie loser.

        • Doonybrook says:

          LOL…Need some tissue junkie?. I’ve been making money betting at this sport before you were even swimming around your daddy’s sack so who’s the newbie, without knowledge of the fighters or sport I wouldn’t be so successful with my bets (GSP’s not the only one I bet on)… another epic fail. LOL

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          oh donnybrook you simple old man. i bet money on gsp all the time cuz i know he does any and everything to win. but does that mean i respect the guys actual fighting skills? stop mixing business with emotions dummy. i asked you a question, you failed to answer it or address it as usual. you provide nothing substantial to debate except proof that ur a hut hugger of fighters who win. piss off newbie!

        • Doonybrook says:

          Another epic FAIL… If you reread our conversation you’ll realize your debating with yourself you little cock loving shit kid. I never disagreed or even talked about whether Georges was exiting or not… or the reasons why other people watch him. You my homo little friend are truly retarded. Now go have some more stupid for breakfast and try again.

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          lmao you sounding pretty upset with yourself there buddy ol pal! dont get upset cuz i exposed you for the fake fan you are. its in your own words that you only like gsp and other top guys in the ufc becuz they win and nothing more. you cant explain why they actually have you tune into their fights, it wouldnt surprise me if you dont watch the fights at all and just argue about ppls records. old ppl like you are so sad.

        • Fortyb4five says:

          Me to much time on my hands? Seems you dumbasses are the ones with the extra time cause all you do is talk shit over the internet lol

        • virginia dupre says:

          so true

        • Calvin says:

          its tough to say because Brock hasnt had many matches in the UFC and UFC 100 as big as it was GSP was in that one so id say long term GSP short term Brock

      • brian says:

        who cares? clearly he’s overpaid. he’s the most boring fighter in the UFC!

        • TJ says:

          That number is based on the PPV revenue, so if you don’t like it don’t get the event. Brock has the same type of deal where he get’s paid based on the PPV dollars his fights bring in.

    • Liza says:

      It’s a known fact that here in Canada (especially Quebec) that PPV sales are much much higher when GSP is fighting. I guess he gets his fair share of that

      • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

        Is Canadian money worth more than the Dollar? They probably make more off of events in Canada at the gate. But regardless of who is PPV king Brock or GSP. GSP is synonymous with the UFC and rakes in that money!

    • Contra91 says:

      Nah, Dana said it was GSP. I know… crazy. Guy is well marketed. Boring fighter though. Like Jon Fitch with an accent.

  3. Mickey says:

    That is the reason why I don’t believe that MMA can’t generate any money.

  4. D G says:

    I actually hope this is true! This is what they SHOULD be getting paid, if its true I’m glad he leaked because seeing the pay outs they disclose a few days after was quite frankly shocking. BJ getting 150 large for a fight? Are you fu**ing serious?

    • pj ste marie says:

      BJ penn makes a lot more per fight than 150,000 dollars. Gsp 5 million also comes with his winning bonus of 250,000 plus a percentage of every PPV. Also sponsorship, think about how much money Gatorade/ under armor pays GSP. And im sure BJ is getting a huge check from RCVA and MMA Elite. plus his ppv buys as well. I bet Bj brings in over 2 million per fight,

  5. Mitch says:

    Fortybfive. When Brock is fighting? When is he fighting? Oh yeah he had 2-3 big fights on PPV. GSP is always the main event. He is the most popular MMA athlete in the world.. You don’t see any other MMA fighter in UnderArmour commercials with Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Ray Lewis. Come on man

  6. ThaGreenBandit says:

    He gettin’ that dough! Must be niiiiiiice!!

  7. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    The champ should be getting paid 4-5 Million a fight. Especially GSP who has been defending is title consecutively for a while. Anderson Silva probably makes 8 Million a fight, no wonder he gets insulted when people challenge him!

  8. all day says:

    Not shocked but impressed that he put himself in a position to be the largest $ maker. Don’t hate congratulate. Bravo.

  9. Ricky says:

    The fact that the UFC can do this within the short amount of time they’ve been in the main market is amazing. They’re only growing too. Give it a couple years and the super fights may be worth 10-20 million. Impressive. Dana said that 20-something UFC stars have been paid in the multi-million range.

  10. tim says:

    This makes sense… I would lay and pray if I had to keep that kind of paycheck

  11. Joe says:

    gettin paid 5 million dollars to lay with another man…. so thats the price?

  12. sixdeuce says:

    You would think for that kind of money that he should be able to finish a fight instead of decisions

  13. Shawn says:

    He’s paid his dues for years. UFC profits show it. For d UFC to give him that cut, they r getting huge $$ of of GSP in PPV. 4-5 mil to me is fair for someone like GSP, Silva, even Brock. But its still nothing top of d heap boxers make, like Pacquiao, Mayweather, Mosley, who easily make at least twice as much per fight. But they all put in d same amount of hard work n sacrifice. I think more so w MMA fighters, because they r trying to build a sport from ground up.

  14. Kamuela says:

    I am not surprised. Not because its GSP, but because fighters in the UFC, especially champions, SHOULD be making that much and MORE! There is no reason, with the money the UFC brings in, that their champs should be making any less than $5 mill

  15. Holy mother of Jesus! The Saint will stomp diaz’s broke ass! That’s a lot of grease!

  16. Brent says:

    His payday with everything included for UFC 129 in Toronto must’ve been some crazzzyy $$$$!

  17. King says:

    This is great news. All the gsp haters on this page know they would fight just as safe as he does to win and enjoy 5 million each fight. I’m a bit surprised,..and that doesn’t include under armour’s check.

  18. james says:

    i think all of the top mma fighters should make this much, end of story. they’re better athletes than most, take more risk (you’re fighting another human being… come on), spend more time training and devote their life to MMA. one day all the top MMA fighters will make more than any boxer ever has in 1 fight, and they deserve it. MMA for life!

  19. Respectexpected says:

    Holy shit! Vaseline pays their sponsored fighter the big money

  20. get real says:

    It is strange that GSP has the biggest ppv draw considering he couldn’t finish a wet dream.

  21. AJR80 says:

    It’s great to see they get paid well because they deserve it.

  22. brandon thomas says:

    Brock is cocky piece of. ___t any of you who thinks he is ppv king you may need to switch back to WWE.GSP IS THE KING of ppv for the ufc

  23. Jaydee says:

    Alright Manny Pacquiao gets over 50 millions every year I think GSP deserves 12 millions don’t you think so? (Cause he fights a little bit more than two times every year [this year was is an exception])

  24. Voicein the desert says:

    The top 2 earners in the UFC are Brock and GSP, and by a wide margin. Brock is almost a guaranteed 900k PPV and GSP a guaranteed 800K PPV. Anybody will barely draw 500K. Anderson’s fight with Sonnen was his personnal PPV best and it failed to crack 700K. His average is much lower.

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      Where are you getting these numbers? I can believe Brock pulling in a lot.of viewers based on his successful career in WWE but more PPV than Silva? That’s crazy talk.sir!

  25. Lex w says:

    For 4-5 mill id lay n pray 2 lol

  26. Tom Foolery says:

    Brocks last 4 PPV’s had over 1 million buys, 100 had GSP also and did 1.6. Wikipedia the events That puts brocks average over 1 mil.

    GSP average is about 825k.

    Silva is normally aroudn 350k buys, his higher numbers are usually on a card with another big draw name.

    Gsp had given the UFC more buys for sure, Brock has a higher average (but has been sick a lot, diverticulitus fn sucks read up on that) Silva is actually rather, well average.

    That being said, i’m pretty sure GSP has narrowly edged out Terrance and Phillip to become the majority of Canada’s GDP.

  27. Sean says:

    That much money for that chump to lay around and dry hump for 25 minutes. His last four fights shouldn’t have earned him more than $100. One dollar for every uneventful minute.

  28. Jason says:

    He won’t be making that much when Nick beats his ass and takes that belt away. WAR DIAZ!!! DON’T BE SCARED, GSP.

  29. andrew J says:

    thats why he fights the way he does, he s scared of losing his money!! wtf

  30. felrod says:

    5 million to hump people’s legs for half an hour…sweet.

  31. Hostile hunter says:

    Well deserved $$$…GSP is the P4P king…..Fuck a Edgar or a Silva…Gsp without a shadow of a doubt is the most complete fighter in the UFC. That whole “greaser” thing got old last year. give it a rest plz.Grease or no grease bj was gonna get beat down that night…Build a Large bridge and get over it…

  32. Chartmonster says:

    it doesn’t hurt to have brock on your card, but the 55k sold out in canada will bring some 4-5 million into your bank account w td bank canada also.

  33. mmaislandjunkie says:

    the 55k that booed him? gotcha.

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