Yes, you read that right. Former UFC Light-Heavyeight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who is complaining of not making enough money with the promotion, pulled in over $15 million in cash in five years, according to UFC President Dana White. That comes out to over $3 million a year, or nearly $1.4 million for each of his 11 fights. It is unknown if this amount has sponsorship money added into to it, but it is doubtful since the UFC does not know how much a fighter pulls in from those contracts. What it does make you wonder is where does Rampage think he will make more money from this.
Eddie Alvarez is one of Bellator’s top draws and fighters, and the UFC offered him $75,000 to fight and would double it if he wins. Also, he would pull in a $250,000 signing bonus and get a cut of pay-per-view buys. Rampage went 7-4 in his 11-fight career, captured five “fight of the night” bonuses, fought on 1o pay-per-view cards that he likely received a cut of, and was most likely given at least two signing bonuses during his tenure. Applying all of that to Alvarez’s scale, he would have only made a total of nearly $8.2 million – which, while it is a lot, is still a far cry from the $15.2 that Rampage has taken in. You may ask why this is relevant.
Well, when you think about it, Bellator had a tough time matching the terms of Alvarez’s contract, but how could they step it up to cover the price that Rampage thinks he is worth? That is not to mention that no other company besides the UFC has the market to produce enough buys on pay-per-view to give their fighters a percentage of the revenue. Plus, the exposure that the UFC offers likely gives fighters better contracts worth more money with their sponsors. Only time will tell what happens in the saga that is Quinton Jackson’s career, because even White said he would still re-sign the former champion.