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UFC's highest pay day was $5 million

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04:38 PM ET 09.13 | Floyd Mayweather fights against Saul "Canelo" Alverez on Saturday night and he will bring in more than $40 million for his performance. With all of the discussion about fighter pay in the UFC compared to boxing, UFC president Dana White discussed the topic with fans. During a Google Hangout, White said that the organization once paid $5 million to an individual for his octagon appearance.

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September 14, 2013  12:59 PM ET

I guess Brock Lesnar UFC 100 with the buyrate bonus. Or it was $5mill to get Brock to return for that last fight against Overeem. No way he wanted to return after getting exposed by Cain when he lost the title.

One thing I'll say for him, Brock made it very far in the UFC for a guy who can't handle getting punched in the face.

September 14, 2013  08:54 PM ET

This just points to the challenges the UFC faces in gaining real legitimacy beyond its current fan base and structure. The fights are too boring to see live since most end up with a fair amount of wrestling and the fights are too demanding for most of the UFCs fighters to really establish themselves (can you imagine an undefeated fighter in UFC like a Mayweather or Alvarez?).

Granted Mayweather is an anomaly and the purse he's getting for this bout is unusual but championship boxers across all weight divisions can earn more than $5M. Why can't the UFC put together similar purses for their fighters? Are they not getting the revenue (possibly) or are these fighters so poorly represented by their agents and the UFC that they make a fraction of what a boxer can make in a career that is about a quarter as long?

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September 15, 2013  10:20 AM ET

If there was a UFC fight that had One guy at 44-0 and the other at 42-0 (never would happen cause they would have met before 86 fights. I bet people would pay not 41 mil to one but you get where I am going. Boxing has tons of promotions and are able to fight who ever. The UFC only fight in the UFC, so it limits the amount of opp. you might be able to fight.

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September 18, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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This just points to the challenges the UFC faces in gaining real legitimacy beyond its current fan base and structure. The fights are too boring to see live since most end up with a fair amount of wrestling and the fights are too demanding for most of the UFCs fighters to really establish themselves (can you imagine an undefeated fighter in UFC like a Mayweather or Alvarez?). Granted Mayweather is an anomaly and the purse he's getting for this bout is unusual but championship boxers across all weight divisions can earn more than $5M. Why can't the UFC put together similar purses for their fighters? Are they not getting the revenue (possibly) or are these fighters so poorly represented by their agents and the UFC that they make a fraction of what a boxer can make in a career that is about a quarter as long?

Because Dana and Co. rip their employees off yet he has the nerve to say boxing promoters are ripping their employees off. UFC fighters are basically contract workers without any real pull at all unless they are a big money draw and even then they don't hold much weight negotiating payouts. Where would they go if they were to leave? and if they did they wouldn't make much money going to say Bellator or any of the other organizations out there.

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