Johnson Gets PPV Points For UFC 216
UFC flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson revealed in an interview with Ariel Helwani at Wednesday’s UFC 216 media day that for the first time he will receive pay-per-view points when he fights Ray Borg this weekend.
Pay-per-view points are a small percentage of the UFC’s pay-per-view profits given to high-profile fighters, typically headliners or champions.
Johnson received this new income after his new management company First Round Management and his new manager, Malki Kawa, helped negotiate a new deal for the flyweight title holder.
Johnson said though he’ll receive pay-per-view points, his disclosed purse is still lower than $500,000.
“It just got restructured… I just want to be on the same playing field as all the other champions. Every single champion out there gets $500,000 flat to win, plus pay-per-view points. I’m not to that level yet. That’s my goal, that’s where I believe First Round Management can get me to… It’s not like this is my first, or second, or fourth title defense; I didn’t just win the belt. You got guys who win the belt and they get $500,000 flat straight up, and then they get pay-per-view points.”
Johnson told Helwani that the $500,000 flat rate and pay-per-view points should be the standard rate for all titleholders in the UFC, but he understands why that is not the case.
“That’s why I don’t run the UFC and I don’t have my own fight promotion… I’d probably be broke. You can’t do it; you’d make no money whatsoever.”
Johnson was originally slated to fight Borg in the main event of last month’s UFC215, but the challenger pulled out during fight week due to an illness. The title fight was quickly rescheduled, and the champ said he was happy with the bout cancellation’s aftermath.
Now, Johnson is set to meet Borg in the UFC 216 co-main event on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A win would surpass Anderson Silva’s UFC record of 10 straight title defenses.