Frank Mir didn’t realize until years later how drastically underpaid

Frank Mir doesn’t want to seem like a sore loser. But he can’t help but wonder who really got paid from one of the UFC’s most successful cards of all-time — because it definitely wasn’t him.

Promoted as a historic event, UFC 100 took place in 2009 and featured a blockbuster main event between champ Mir and WWE superstar turned fighter Brock Lesnar. The event sold 1.6 million pay-per-views — a record-setting number at the time — and at a cost of $44.95, it produced over $71 million in revenue.

Back then, the UFC split pay-per-view profits with cable and satellite companies. Typically, that cut its revenue in half. For UFC 100, the promotion likely earned around $35 or $36 million. Meanwhile, salaries for the event, which were publicly available at that time, showed Mir made $45,000 for his loss, while Lesnar earned $400,000. That was before pay-per-view sales were factored in.

Mir said that even with his bonus, he didn’t clear $1 million for his fight with Lesnar – or any other fight during his 15-year career with the UFC. It wasn’t until years later he realized how drastically underpaid he was compared to the UFC’s profits.

“I think when it finally dawned on me was the Deontay Wilder [rematch] with Tyson Fury,” Mir told MMA Fighting. “We still did more buys than they did, me and Brock, and then I’m looking at the pay-per-view cost. OK, the money was there. Who did it go to?

“Seeing these guys make $40 million combined. I’m like wow. Brock obviously made seven figures off it, I think he made $2.5 million. But I didn’t even make a million.”

The Fury vs. Wilder 2 card in 2020 reportedly sold between 800,000 and 850,000 buys at a price of $79.99 on pay-per-view. By those metrics, the boxing match likely earned somewhere around $66 million. Fury and Wilder were both guaranteed to make more than $25 million, plus a share of the pay-per-view profits.

That’s a whole lot more than Mir took home as part of a UFC card that sold 1.6 million buys. He said Lesnar even deserved more than he got after clearing $2.5 million from the event.


Courtesy By : MMA Fighting.com