By Benjamin Bieker
Everybody has a price, and unfortunately for the UFC GSP does not come cheap. According to MMA journalist Mike Straka via “Someone close to St. Pierre” the current welterweight champion wants $50 million to take on middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a super fight. Straka said on The MMA Beat that, “I was told by somebody very close to Georges that Georges today makes close to $8 million a fight. So to fight Anderson Silva he’s going to ask for $50 million.”
Now, while $8 million sounds like a lot it is most likely not just the straight purse he makes from the UFC, but a combination of sponsorship and PPV cuts as well. The $50 million GSP is requesting for the bout would have to be a combination of those three as well. Obviously, a bout with Anderson Silva would do huge PPV buys, and that will cause sponsors to throw huge amounts of money at St. Pierre to have their name on his shorts. The amount of money pulled in from sponsorship pay and PPV cuts subtracted from the $50 million is what the UFC will need to cover to make the super fight happen.
If GSP was able to talk Dana White into giving him a purse of $50 million dollars he would surpass every boxer. The largest flat purse in boxing went to Floyd Mayweather for his bout against Miguel Cotto where he pulled in $32 million. The only other fighter to command that type of money is Manny Pacquiao. He was offered $40 million in flat pay to face Floyd Mayweather, but if he accepted Pacquiao would not have gotten a cut of the PPV buys. It looks like GSP is trying to finally reach the type of money that the biggest names in boxing have made for years. Dana White affectionately calls him the “King of PPV” so he might as well get paid like one.
While all these big numbers may sound like GSP trying to back down from the fight he actually has sound logic. According to Straka’s source, “Georges has 10 fights left at $8 million a fight. But he believes that Anderson could physically hurt him and end his career. So to take that chance he wants $50 million and that’s exactly the number he’s going to go to Dana White with.” So, GSP will take the fight, but if for some reason was injured he wants to close out his career with the same amount of money.
Unfortunately, the threat of injury is all too real in this fight. It is likely that GSP would weigh under the 185 limit if he fought Silva at middleweight. Anderson Silva on the other hand is known for jumping up to 205 and destroying light-heavyweights like James Irvin, Forrest Griffin, and Stephan Bonnar. One could only imagine what Anderson could do to a natural welterweight in GSP if they fought. So, $50 million may sound absurd, but Dana White has promised to make this fight happen regardless of cost. Now, let’s see if he lives up to his word, and gives GSP what he wants to make the fight happen.
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