M-1 Claims Fedor Is MMA's Highest-Paid Fighter

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emfleek
6/21/10 2:14:01PM
Last year Fedor Emelianenko disappointed a lot of mixed martial arts fans when he turned down a contract offer from the UFC and decided to stick with his own promotion, M-1 Global, and fight on co-promoted cards with Strikeforce. One of the reasons that move seemed so baffling is that the UFC was reportedly offering Fedor an enormous contract that would have made him the highest-paid fighter in the sport.

But according to M-1, Fedor is already the highest-paid fighter in the sport.

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bjj1605
6/21/10 3:20:50PM
no one in the public can answer to the validity of this claim. He could be the most well paid fighter or he could be fiftieth.
noahgenda
6/21/10 3:32:11PM
i doubt he is fiftieth


i mean its pretty obvious that he must be strikeforces highest paid fighter, and then he also gets paid by m-1. it is possible he makes the most and thats why he doesnt want to do anything without m-1. that is pretty unlikely though
theruler_
6/21/10 3:43:21PM
possible but unlikely imo.
a strange statement to make if you don't know what the ufc fighters make though
postman
6/21/10 3:46:45PM
Fight purse money he might. Sponsership dollars included I doubt it.
BlueSkiesBurn
6/21/10 4:07:04PM
I dunno man, have you seen how much his Affliction "Last Emperor" shirts go for? like $55 f*cking bucks. I'm sure he gets a cut of that.
icantthinkofanything
6/21/10 4:09:40PM
Fedor and M-1 getting headlines again. It is funny Vadim would make a $$ statement but not know what anyone else makes.
KoldKhaos
6/21/10 4:09:58PM
Anything with Fedors name or image he gets royalties for.

I guarantee he is the highest paid fighter in MMA.


(But what % of his own money he sees is the real question)
prozacnation1978
6/21/10 4:22:19PM
He probably is.
grappler0000
6/21/10 4:31:41PM
I guess it all depends on what's considered. Is it just money related to fighting or is it income in general? There are plenty of revenue streams like video games, clothing, gyms, and many other things that bring in money for fighters. Are we just talking about the money from the fight or are we including sponsorship dollars? It's a hard answer to know for sure no matter how you look at it though.

If you don't include any earnings from the business side of M-1, I wouldn't doubt if Brock out-earns Fedor though. Brock made a reported 400k for his UFC 100 bout...and of coarse we'll never know if there were any locker room bonuses, but we do know that he earns a % of the PPV. Assuming he has the same deal that Couture had back in '07, then he earned over 4 million in PPV earnings in that one fight alone. Over 4.5 million for 1 fight is not bad at all...and the sponsorship dollars for the most watched MMA PPV ever would surely be some insane numbers as well. He won't earn that much every fight, but he would've even pulled in over 1.5 million in his least watched fight.
BlueSkiesBurn
6/21/10 5:02:00PM
Didn't Fedor earn a cool mil for his Affliction debut?
grappler0000
6/21/10 5:08:59PM

Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

Didn't Fedor earn a cool mil for his Affliction debut?



The reported number was 300k, but that's never the real number for him. His asking price has reportedly been 2M per fight, but it's hard to say the exact figure that he's making at the moment.
BlueSkiesBurn
6/21/10 5:14:28PM

Posted by grappler0000


Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

Didn't Fedor earn a cool mil for his Affliction debut?



The reported number was 300k, but that's never the real number for him. His asking price has reportedly been 2M per fight, but it's hard to say the exact figure that he's making at the moment.



I've just heard different reports about what he made. Now that you mention it, though, 300k was the reported purse, it was Arlovski who pulled the 750k, if memory serves me right.
telnights
6/21/10 5:23:00PM
I'm just making a guess but I really don't think he is when you factor in their base pay, UFC bonus money, and UFC PPV % cuts. I would say he is top 5 or just below but I really don't think he is number 1. I would say Brock, GSP, Randy, and Chuck all make more than him just off PPV % cuts alone. Then you factor in Sponsorship deals they are making huge amounts. If I was to guess I would say most of those guys clear over 4 mil a fight if not more.

This really seams like a strange thing for Kogan/M-1 to say. What I found funny was this part.




Kogan said that throughout Fedor's career, his manager, Vadim Finkelchtein, has protected his interests and made sure he was well compensated for his work. And he said that people who question whether Finkelchtein has made the right moves in guiding Fedor's career don't need to know anything more than that.


Notice he said his interests and not Fedor's.Now this maybe the writer just changing what he said or just bad wording but I found it funny.
theruler_
6/21/10 5:28:11PM

Posted by grappler0000

I guess it all depends on what's considered. Is it just money related to fighting or is it income in general? There are plenty of revenue streams like video games, clothing, gyms, and many other things that bring in money for fighters. Are we just talking about the money from the fight or are we including sponsorship dollars? It's a hard answer to know for sure no matter how you look at it though.

If you don't include any earnings from the business side of M-1, I wouldn't doubt if Brock out-earns Fedor though. Brock made a reported 400k for his UFC 100 bout...and of coarse we'll never know if there were any locker room bonuses, but we do know that he earns a % of the PPV. Assuming he has the same deal that Couture had back in '07, then he earned over 4 million in PPV earnings in that one fight alone. Over 4.5 million for 1 fight is not bad at all...and the sponsorship dollars for the most watched MMA PPV ever would surely be some insane numbers as well. He won't earn that much every fight, but he would've even pulled in over 1.5 million in his least watched fight.



true, and it also became public around that time that chuck liddell had taken home 4 million+ for each of 4 consequtive fights during that period. that was on a base salary of 500.000. that was the only time i recall the full figures being disclosed so it's very hard to say with any certainty who earns more.
with no ppv bonus and a smaller u.s fan base it's hard to imagine fedor earning higher numbers than that.
BlueSkiesBurn
6/21/10 5:33:16PM

Posted by telnights

I'm just making a guess but I really don't think he is when you factor in their base pay, UFC bonus money, and UFC PPV % cuts. I would say he is top 5 or just below but I really don't think he is number 1. I would say Brock, GSP, Randy, and Chuck all make more than him just off PPV % cuts alone. Then you factor in Sponsorship deals they are making huge amounts. If I was to guess I would say most of those guys clear over 4 mil a fight if not more.

This really seams like a strange thing for Kogan/M-1 to say. What I found funny was this part.




Kogan said that throughout Fedor's career, his manager, Vadim Finkelchtein, has protected his interests and made sure he was well compensated for his work. And he said that people who question whether Finkelchtein has made the right moves in guiding Fedor's career don't need to know anything more than that.


Notice he said his interests and not Fedor's.Now this maybe the writer just changing what he said or just bad wording but I found it funny.



I think the "his" was in reference to Fedor because his name came before Vadim's. "His" is the antecedent of Fedor in this particular case.
jlock003
6/21/10 5:39:08PM
I'm not really concerned about how much money the guy makes....it's kind of crazy to turn down the kind of money the UFC was talking last year...pretty sure they were offering him 4 mil a fight although my numbers could be off so don't quote me. Regardless I'm just tired of seeing him fight the bottom end of the top 10. Werdum is a really good fighter, but 2 of his last 3 losses came to Big Nog and Arlovski...both guys Fedor ran through and I realize the BJJ of Werdum is on a different level than AA but not big Nog, and Werdum's striking imo isn't any more damaging than Roger's. I want to see the guy fight Dos Santos, Mir, Carwin, Lesnar, Duffee (after the guy wins two or three more), and Cain! I guarantee you put those fights on ppv, give him mainstream endorsement deals, and sub, ko, or fotn bonuses and he will make a **** ton more than he is making now. Not to mention all of us Fedor haters can either be proven right or shut the hell up. The money is irrelevant to the fans. It looked to me from the moment that he didn't take the UFC contract that he was just being protected by his management and judging by the fights he has had lined up I'm still feeling that way. Again, I'm a hater and I recognize I have a huge bias but don't hide behind the dollars as an excuse when Dana and company were offering the highest paid base ever in the UFC's history.
StriderXero
6/21/10 11:40:43PM
most people dont know that whenever Fedor is in Russia, people toss gold coins where ever he is about to take a step.
jae_1833
6/22/10 12:27:03AM

Kogan himself acknowledged after making the claim about Fedor's status as the highest-paid fighter that,"I don't know exactly what the UFC fighters get."

Well, this should end the conversation....
postman
6/22/10 7:59:44AM

Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

I dunno man, have you seen how much his Affliction "Last Emperor" shirts go for? like $55 f*cking bucks. I'm sure he gets a cut of that.



Im thinking GSP is the king when it comes to sponsers in MMA.
cmill21
6/22/10 10:45:10AM

Posted by postman


Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

I dunno man, have you seen how much his Affliction "Last Emperor" shirts go for? like $55 f*cking bucks. I'm sure he gets a cut of that.



Im thinking GSP is the king when it comes to sponsers in MMA.



Fedors Russian Vodka endorsement takes him into the worlds elite. Those russians drink vodka like most drink water.
telnights
6/22/10 1:50:01PM

Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

I think the "his" was in reference to Fedor because his name came before Vadim's. "His" is the antecedent of Fedor in this particular case.



I know what he was saying just found it funny the way it was worded.
BlueSkiesBurn
6/22/10 3:12:26PM

Posted by telnights


Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

I think the "his" was in reference to Fedor because his name came before Vadim's. "His" is the antecedent of Fedor in this particular case.



I know what he was saying just found it funny the way it was worded.



My bad, dude. I misread or misinterpreted what you were trying to say.
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