Kinda an oldy but a goody – word is that Fedor rejected Gary Shaw’s offer of 500k + PPV revenue, asking instead for 2 million straight up. At this point I’m really interested in knowing how much Bodog and the Japanese have payed for Fedor. The only time we’ve ever gotten to see his payslips was courtesy of the Nevada State Athletic Commission for Pride: The Real Deal. According to the NSAC he was paid 100k. Although according to Josh Barnett, those numbers aren’t accurate at all and there was a whole bunch of magic mystery money paid under the table on top of that.
I have my serious doubts that Fedor has ever gotten anywhere near to two million per fight. My bet is his retarded management just figures if they’re already making nearly a million bucks in Japan, they deserve twice as much in America. Never mind the fact that maybe .0001% of the population knows who he is or gives a shit about him over here.
The UFC is playing it smart by keeping in the game to a certain degree. Dana White has said he’s still interested and I don’t doubt they’ve thrown out a very generous offer that’s also tied down with all the standard restrictions we’ve come to know and love with the UFC. My bet is this offer is a red herring of sorts … they don’t really expect Fedor to sign with them but by keeping a contract with lots of zeros on the table, it justifies Fedor’s asking price with other promotions.
I’m not expecting to see Fedor fighting in North America any time soon. He and his management seem perfectly content fighting in Japan for the moment while waiting for the whole Randy Couture mess to sort itself out. At that point he already seems to have a big payday waiting for him via Mark Cuban and HDNet Fights. Why compromise that fight by going with another promotion in the meantime?