I know it’s fun to shit on the UFC about their pay scale, and to point at Paul and say “he made $20M, and Francis makes less than 500K lolz” but the fact is, their pay was vastly different than the internet memes.
Here’s the reported breakdown:
Mayweather $10M guaranteed plus 50% of PPV revenue.
Paul $250K guaranteed plus 10% of PPV revenue.
So to do the $100M for Floyd and $20M for Paul, there would need to be 4.8M buys…
Meltzer estimated 600-650K buys in the US, no worldwide numbers were reported…given that the event took place at about 3am on a Monday morning in the UK, and early on a Monday morning (meaning the fucking work day) for most of the world, I don’t expect huge international numbers either.
But for fun let’s say they did enough internationally to get this to 1M buys…at that number here’s their payout:
Floyd - $35M
Paul - $5.25M
Certainly not bad money, but a far cry from the $100M and $20M circulating on the internet.
So this brings me to my ultimate point…how angry should a guy like Francis Ngannou be about this? We’ll never know what these champions make with PPV revenue factored in, but Jon Jones talked about how it was bullshit that he was making 2-2.5M for some of his earlier title defenses. He’s never sold a million PPVs, and though he’s still a solid draw, some of his earlier ones were in the 500-600 range.
If this Mayweather vs Paul fight sold 550K buys, Logan Paul would make $3M…and I get that he’s not a world class fighter, but he’s a fucking celebrity fighting one of the best boxers of this generation (or all time if you’re a big Floyd guy). We’re pretty clearly not comparing apples to apples here.
I’m not saying the UFCs pay scale doesn’t need work…I think it does, but I also don’t think it’s fair to compare the fake numbers thrown out for publicity (100M and 20M) to the disclosed UFC numbers that don’t include any PPV revenue. I assume Francis will make in the 2.5-3.5M range for his next fight (assuming it’s Lewis and not Jones, he’d make more for Jones as it’d sell better). Should Francis and Logan Paul make the similar amounts of $? Depends on how you look at it…if Paul’s brand is bringing extra buys, why wouldn’t he make more?
I see people laughing about Ben Askren making more $ with Triller than in any other fight of his career…as goofy as it was, he headlined a PPV that did 1.5M buys. why wouldn’t that be the best payday of his career? He was never a PPV headliner for the UFC, was never even a co-main on a PPV…why would anyone expect Ben to make more $ for a mid-PPV fight than headlining a PPV that did 1.5M buys?
I don’t get why people don’t understand this.