Frank Mir Expresses Shock Regarding UFC 100 Payout – “We Had The Record For The Most PPV sold”

Back in 2009, Frank Mir took part in the main event of the monumental UFC 100 PPV card versus Brock Lesnar, but he is still shocked by the low dollar amount that he cleared, given the organization’s profits at that time.

Mir, now 44, to this day holds the record for the most finishes and the most submission victories in UFC Heavyweight history. His stretch in the premier MMA promotion’s ranks lasted from 2001 until 2016, highlighted by his capture of the heavyweight title at UFC 48 in 2004 over Tim Sylvia.

UFC 100 is reported to have produced over $71 million in revenue, yet somehow a main event competitors, and one of the company’s longtime heavyweight draws, only took home $45,000 as a fight purse. Of course, this does not factor in the money Mir made from PPV sales from his match with Lesnar, in which he lost by way of knock out in the second round. But, the fact remains that it seems he was severely underpaid.

“I think when it finally dawned on me was the Deontay Wilder [rematch] with Tyson Fury,” Mir told MMA Fighting. “We still did more buys than they did, me and Brock, and then I’m looking at the pay-per-view cost. OK, the money was there. Who did it go to?

“Seeing these guys make $40 million combined. I’m like wow. Brock obviously made seven figures off it, I think he made $2.5 million. But I didn’t even make a million.”

“Brock himself, a much bigger superstar than [Fury or Wilder],” Mir said. “How come he wasn’t making $20 million? That blows my mind, and I don’t understand it. “Until Conor [McGregor] came along, we had the record for the most pay-per-view buys sold.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

Of course, the conversation surrounding the comparison of disclosed earnings between Boxing and MMA has been a hot conversation lately. But, considering what Mir was paid in 2009, the main event competitors today have it much better off. Naturally, this gives the former heavyweight champion hope for his daughter, who is actively pursuing a career in fighting.

“As the father in me, I’m like OK, she’s going to be millionaire at least. I’m not as scared about it as I was before. Because you have the risk of injury, and you’re not going to be pursuing other endeavors in life that could take care of you financially, and you’re going to sacrifice that to follow this fight career, and then you’re going to be behind when you go into those careers.

“For what? For personal gain, for martial arts and pushing yourself is awesome, but as a father, it’s like what about your bank account? Your security. Are you going to be able to take care of yourself? At the time, I was terrified. Now, not so much. It’s a better world now than when I was there.”

 

 

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