There are few constants in the dynamic world of Mixed Martial Arts. But there are bits of news that don’t seem much of a surprise.
One is the news that a particular athlete seems underpaid. This is an industry which sees its superstars, like Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey, making a fraction of their counterparts in the boxing world. The UFC’s Jones made $500,000 in the last PPV he headlined, which scored about 700,000 pay per view buys. In contrast, boxer Miguel Cotto earned $7 million to headline an event which only attracted half as many viewers.
Another is, sadly, that MMA star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson always seems a little unhappy with his promotion. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was a struggle for ZUFFA top brass before making the switch to Bellator MMA. Now he’s jumped ship to return to the UFC after another dispute; leading Bellator to file an injunction to prevent him from fighting.
A result of that injunction is that some details about Jackson’s original deal with Bellator.
It is, as they say, pretty sweet.
Per a report from Mark La Monica of Newsday, Jackson would:
- Receive 30 percent of net gate receipts received by Bellator above $400,000 for any fight in which he participated.
- Be paid $35,000 per episode as part of the deal to air a four-episode “Rampage 4 Real” reality program on Spike TV.
- Bellator was contractually obligated to retain a screenwriter to work directly with Jackson to develop a potential feature film project.
- Bellator had to secure “direct access to and communications with” Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures in an attempt to develop film opportunities for Jackson.
- Appear on the red carpet at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center.
- Bellator paid more than $250,000 for one commercial promoting the fight that aired on May 16, 2014, on ESPN during the NBA playoffs.
- Bellator spent $200,000 to secure the rights for a Rolling Stones song in connection with advertising Jackson.
- Receive a $200,000 signing bonus.
So, you might say it’s bit of old news — but with a twist. Bellator’s hearing is scheduled for April 2.