Details of the UFC’s Offer to Fedor



Unless you’ve been hiding under your limited edition PRIDE rock, you should be aware of the mainstream reports concerning the UFC’s newest attempt to bring the number one heavyweight to their organization.  Earlier today, Fedor’s management acknowledged the negotiations but indicated that while the offer proposed to them was good, they still sought a co-promotion deal between the UFC and the Russian-based M-1.  If you’re wondering who M-1 is, you can probably continue wondering and not be any worse off.  The idea of the UFC co-promoting with M-1 is not something that the UFC would ever be likely to consider, especially considering that M-1’s prior co-promotion deals have ended in the destruction of other organizations.

Here, Carmichael Dave, a CBS radio host and one of Dana White’s favorites in the media, posts on Sherdog about the details of the UFC’s offer to Fedor.  Place your hand under your jaw before it drops:

– The UFC offered Fedor a 6 fight, 30 million dollar contract. That’s 5 mil a fight

– The UFC offered Fedor an immediate title shot

– Lesnar/Fedor would be the biggest PPV in MMA history (we assume), and the UFC offered M-1 Global a cut of the PPV on top of Fedor’s purse.

– Fedor was free to wear as many M-1 logoed items as he wished.

– The UFC also relented on allowing Fedor to compete in combat sambo.

Apparently, for good or bad, M-1 refuses to sign a deal unless the UFC agrees to co-promote.

While the Sherdog messageboard is good for a lot of things, factual news isn’t usually one of them, but coming from Carmichael Dave, this is almost certainly the truth, and if I were to guess, it was intentionally leaked by the UFC to put pressure on Fedor’s management.  Considering the speed at which MMA fans are turning on Fedor and his management, the desired effect should be felt by Vadim and Fedor.  Considering the improbable requests that they have stuck to for years, it seems unlikely that it will have any effect.

As a side note, imagine being a UFC star making under $100,000 per fight (before sponsors and bonuses, that is) and seeing that deal?  While I’m not one to complain about fighter pay (it is still a very young sport in the grand scheme of things), a situation like this seems like the perfect fuel to quickly jack up the pay of many fighters in the UFC.


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7 Responses to “Details of the UFC’s Offer to Fedor”

  1. jesnowden Says:

    Do you believe those figures? Because that seems like a steep increase in the payscale.

  2. bagflack Says:

    One of the reasons that Randy Couture left the UFC a couple of years ago was that the UFC offered Fedor a deal that was light-years ahead of his (or any other fighter’s) contract. If I’m remembering correctly, he would’ve been getting over $1,000,000 per fight according to the old offer. Considering the source, I think the figures are likely rock solid. Dana has made a habit of using Davado to announce big things and he is on his show very frequently.

  3. Dom Says:

    I would say the source would lead to the opposite conclusion. This is UFC propaganda from a UFC mouthpiece.

  4. bagflack Says:

    I would agree if this was from Kevin Iole, but Carmichael Dave has openly challenged Dana about a number of things and has mocked him for contradicting himself and for the stuff he has said about Fedor in the past. Just from listening to his show enough I don’t think he’s the type to let himself be used to spread an outright untruth.

  5. mgarza Says:

    Yeah, Dave is far from being in Dana’s pocket. I guess we’ll find out more on Friday. If this turns out to be true it shows how desperately Dana wanted to get this done and also how idiotic Fedor’s camp is.

  6. Xi Says:

    Where is the PROOF that Fedor was offered $30M? Just because some guy wrote it on the Internet?? Let us see the contract that was offered.

    Most likely I think Dana White lowballed Fedor. It was a simple business decision. The truth is Fedor is not a big PPV draw in the USA. Dana White wants fighters who people will pay to watch. People in the USA want to watch charasmatic fighters who speak english. That’s why washed up Tito Ortiz is back because Tito draws huge PPV buys.

    Sad to say people don’t even pay to watch Anderson Silva because of his limited english. They want to watch Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffen, Chuck Liddell, and Randy Couture. Remember even GSP had trouble in the beginning winning over UFC fans with his French Canadian accent.

    Dana White is in the business of increasing his company’s market value. He will say and do anything to do so. If that means lowballing Fedor because he doesn’t want a Heavyweight Champion that is poor PPV draw he will.

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