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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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Post #1   6/21/10 2:14:01PM   

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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.

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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

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possible but unlikely imo.
a strange statement to make if you don't know what the ufc fighters make though

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Fight purse money he might. Sponsership dollars included I doubt it.

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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.

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Fedor and M-1 getting headlines again. It is funny Vadim would make a $$ statement but not know what anyone else makes.

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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)

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He probably is.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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