Posted by Rush
Also, Randy said that he found out what a lot of other fighters were making through personal contact with them, not based on what was publicly acknowledged as a salary by Zuffa
Very true, that is what he said. Then again, Dana has said that he IS the 2nd highest paid athlete in the sport. Who do we know to believe for certain?
I love Randy! He is my favorite fighter, and by far the greatest role model the sport had ever seen. But, fact of the matter is he signed a contract.... if he wasn't looking at where he would be after winning the title, and defending the title... why did he sign? Any fool could see the fight between him and Tim would be a HUGE deal with lots of money. If he felt he wasn't going to be compensated appropriately, then he shouldn't have signed.
Personally when I first read that Randy left because of money, and how much they offered Fedor, etc... I was pissed at Dana and Zuffa. Then after hearing that Randy was making $12-$15 million for four fights makes me think... What the hell could you do with $20 million that you couldn't do with $15 million? Fedor had bargaining power at the time, and if they offered him a couple million more for the fight against Randy, it may not be right, but if that's what they had to do to secure the fight then I can't see why it's such a big deal to Randy. If Fedor had signed for $20 million, and Randy was making $15 million, then Randy destroyed Fedor and became the undisputed #1 heavyweight in the world, then retired.... his legacy could probably have never been matched. He could have made up the extra $5 million dollars in promotions after the win.
By the way, the $15 million, $20 million, etc amounts of money are just hypothetical figures. I have no idea what the real offers were.