A lot of sites are blogging about the recent Dave Meltzer Yahoo! Sports article, which reports the payouts that Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar will receive for their fight later this evening at UFC 81. After reviewing the numbers, it’s not hard to see why this is causing some commotion. According to Meltzer’s article, Brock Lesnar will receive $250,000 to fight, and an additional $200,000 if he wins. So Lesnar could potentially walk away with nearly half a million dollars for fifteen minutes (or less) of work. Not too shabby for a guy who amasses a 1-0 MMA record. On the other hand, UFC veteran Frank Mir will receive $40,000 to step into the cage, and another $40,000 if he emerges victorious over Lesnar. While $80,000 is certainly nothing to sneeze at, it pales in comparison to Lesnar’s earnings for the night. However according to MMAJunkie, Frank Mir still has the opportunity to walk away with more than just his paycheck:
…“Mir will get a ‘locker room’ bonus that will likely nearly double his base salary. Those additional bonuses are often paid to the UFC’s bigger stars — such as Mir — and oftentimes, are quite substantial.”
I’ve never heard of these “locker room” bonuses, but I suppose it makes sense for the UFC to do something like that so Frank Mir doesn’t get terribly outraged over his salary discrepancy. While I stated previously that I believe Mir and Lesnar are indeed the big draw for tonight’s show, I really can’t agree with such a large gap in fighter payouts. Given Mir’s history with the UFC along with Lesnar’s newcomer status, I would rather see both guys receive an equal $75,000 to fight, with that extra $75,000 for the winner. If only it were that simple.