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?
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