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Impressions of Randy Couture’s presser

couture_press_conferenceWhile we heard nothing really new today at Randy Couture’s press conference, he did address the contract numbers reported by Yahoo! Sports a couple of weeks ago. Not only did he address them, he brought his UFC bout agreements to the press conference and passed them around for the reporters to see. Along with the $250,000 that he got for each fight, he said he usually receives around $500,000 in PPV revenue also. For you math enthusiasts, $750,000 does not equal $3.25-$3.75 million per fight.

I figured this would be the case. Think about it. $3.25-$3.75 million per fight is something we’ve never even heard of before a couple of weeks ago. It’s the highest number I have ever seen reported as far as what UFC fighters make on a per fight basis. Like I previously stated in an earlier piece, the UFC and Dana White can no longer blame fan sites and MMA news sites for inflating fighter pay. He has nowhere else to look but Yahoo! Sports for making a claim like this. All we, meaning MMA fan/news/opinion sites, report is athletic commission numbers, nothing else.

As for the rest of the press conference, nothing was too revealing. Randy Couture came off in a very professional fashion. Dana could learn a thing or two from Randy Couture about how to conduct yourself at a press conference. At the same time Dana was telling everyone how much “Fedor sucks,” Randy is coming off like a complete professional. Couture feels like he’s been disrespected by the amount of money they are offering other fighters when he’s a guy that’s helped carry the UFC on his shoulders. Without Randy Couture, the UFC isn’t as popular as it is today. Pay the man what he’s worth and what he deserves.

Randy didn’t even come with a prepared statement. No talking from an agent before or after. No one sitting with him at the table. Just Randy Couture, laying it on the table and spelling it out.

I think Randy and the UFC can come to terms. From the sound of both press conferences, it seems both are open to discussion. I think we still have a long ways to go before we see Randy Couture back in the UFC Octagon, but I think that should he fight again, that is where it will take place.

For a detailed writeup of the presser itself, be sure to check out Ben Fowlkes’ writeup.

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  • Jeremy says:

    Randy definitely came off professional, that was expected really. And the $750,000 is about what I would think most expected with the PPV revenue he got. The Yahoo thing was pretty laughable from the get go.

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  • BS detector says:

    “Bout agreement” means literally that, and does not include other extras in his overall contract. Why wasn’t the entire contract provided? Adam Morgan swings and misses again.

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Even with extras, do you really think it’s $3.25 – $3.75 mil? Let’s be real here.

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  • Zack says:

    I just got home and watched the HDNET version of Randy’s presser. Wow. That is the definition of sincerity and integrity. Randy went up two notches in my book.

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  • Zurich says:

    I wonder if there will be any reprocussions for Iolie’s clear lack of journalistic integrity… going around publishing numbers that are so far from the truth can’t be good for Yahoo’s business.

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  • canuck says:

    If you listen to what randy said, he got 250k per bout, then $500k for the last TWO fights (total) meaning that he got $250 for the bout and $250 for the PPV PER BOUT. and they offered Fedor a 2 mill signing bonus? I have never been in a room where people cheered like they did for Randy at UFC 68, he’s grossly underpaid, and one hell of a classy dude.

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  • robnashville says:

    I believe that Randy stated he made 250k in base pay for both fights, he said for the Sylvia fight he made about $500k off of his ppv percentage, and he said the numbers were not yet in for the gonzaga fight (he also intimated that he may hire a firm to audit the gonzaga numbers to make sure they are payed out accurately). Iole is reporting that the escalators in Couture’s PPV numbers mean he made $1.1 in ppv money from the sylvia fight and he stated that after the presser Randy told him that the “Discretionary Bonus from Management” for the sylvia fight was 500k.

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  • robnashville says:

    The PPV escalators were explained somewhat at the end of the HdNet broadcast but the math is kinda fuzzy. The nearest i can figure it Randy was getting $3 for every 330k ppv buy plateau reached, and $1 for every 100k buys if he didn’t reach the next plateau. So for the sylvia bout, according to Iole’s numbers of $1.1 million on 520k pv buys, you would get
    $3 X 330k buys = 990,000
    $1 x 100k buys = 100,000
    0 x 90k buys since the next 100k platuea wasn’t reached
    this would give you the approx $1.1 million figure that Iole is using
    Using this formula is about the only way he could conceivably hit the numbers that Iole originally reported. Couture would have do a record number of PPV buys in order to reach those numbers, though.

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  • dizzle says:

    Dana White is such a jerk. I think that his ego is incontrol of his life. Someone needs to kill this guy.

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  • Yenny says:

    Thanks for the summary.

    I am not surprised that Couture came off professional. He always has. When I met him as a lowly fan, he was more than willing to exchange pleasantries and was a complete gentleman.

    I wish him luck in whatever he pursues from here.

    As for the millions that Iole reported, good call. We’ve never seen those numbers before. Not even close!

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  • I think you may be getting the pay structure wrong here.

    Randy made 250k for the fight. If he brought in 500k buys…

    Up to 100k = $0
    100k – 175k = $75k
    175k – 300k = $187,500
    300k – 330k buys = $60k
    500,000 buys – 330,000 buys = 170,000 buys * $3.00 = $510k

    Add that all up: $832,500 + $250,000 = ~ $1.1 million

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Leland,

    Perhaps I heard Couture wrong, but I thought he said the bonus itself was for $500,000, not 500,000 buys.

    I’ll need to watch the presser again, I could be wrong.

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  • robnashville says:

    Adam,

    You are correct… Randy states that PPV compensation for the sylvia fight was $500k, he didn’t mention anything about how many ppv buys. I believe he said he said he got a similar amount for his last fight with chuck…. doesn’t anyone know what numbers that ppv did?

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