Frank Mir Shocks with UFC 100 Pay Revelation

"Wow" - Mir's Shock at UFC 100 Pay

Introduction to the Controversy

Former UFC champion Frank Mir opened up about his surprisingly low payout for UFC 100, shedding light on the stark disparities in fight compensation. The event, which took place on July 11, 2009, featured Mir against heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, becoming UFC’s top-selling pay-per-view (PPV) event at the time with 1.6 million purchases.

Stunning Comparisons

Mir later realized the minimal extent of his earnings, especially when comparing his situation to the boxers Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Despite UFC 100’s success, Mir’s base pay was a mere $45,000 for his participation—a fraction of what top boxers earn from similar or fewer PPV sales.

Financial Details Revealed

UFC 100 generated approximately $71 million in revenue, with fighters receiving only a small portion of this wealth. The disclosure of Mir’s and Lesnar’s payouts highlights the financial practices within the UFC, with Lesnar receiving a significantly higher sum of $400,000 for his victory.

Mir’s Realization

“It was Deontay Wilder’s rematch against Tyson Fury that opened my eyes,” Mir commented. The boxing match, with fewer PPV buys, ensured both fighters over $25 million each, starkly contrasting Mir’s compensation.

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Comparing Earnings

Mir emphasized the discrepancy in earnings despite the greater success of UFC 100, questioning the distribution of revenue within the sport. His astonishment at the difference in payouts between UFC and boxing events underlines ongoing concerns about fighter compensation.


Frank Mir: “I just said, ‘Wow’. The money was there. Who did it go to?”

Frank Mir: “Brock is a much bigger superstar than Fury and Wilder. How come he didn’t make $20 million? It baffles me.”

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