System set in payouts for Mayweather-Pacquiao

April 18, 2015

The New York Times reported on the unusual need for a central system to be used for the logistical payouts for Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather with respect to the long-awaited fight coming May 2nd.

The article primarily relies on quotes from Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum with respect to how the gross revenues will be divided between the two fighters and other ancillary entities.

For Pacquiao, he is on the wrong-end of a 60-40 revenue split but should clear over $100 million when all is said and done. Of course, the IRS will take its share from Pacquiao (and Mayweather we assume) right off the top.

Rival networks, HBO and Showtime are co-producing and co-distributing the PPV event. They have dueling shoulder programs on its respective networks and in a unique production agreement, each of the networks’ broadcast teams will participate in the event (including dueling ring announcers). The two sides have created a central accounting system to ensure what one might believe is “integrity” in splitting the revenues from what should be the biggest event in boxing history (at least from a gross profits standpoint).

The central system will distribute the revenue in accordance with the contracts of the two fighters.

All revenue from the fight would be put into the central accounting system. This would include foreign broadcast rights, closed-circuit income, ticket sales, sponsorships, merchandise sales, etc. The estimate of these monies per the NYT is at $130 million. In addition, PPV revenue which could gross $300 million also goes into this pot.

Most of the PPV revenue will go to the fighters minus 15% (7.5% each for HBO and Showtime). You may recall that HBO and Showtime were in vigorous negotiations with the satellite and cable companies regarding the PPV distribution for the event.

A “wrinkle” pointed out by Arum is that the winner of the fight will receive a 51-49 percent split for revenue between $160 million and $180 million. Thus, ideally the winner will receive $10.2 million while the loser gets $9.8 million. The amount over $180 million reverts to the 60-40 split in favor of Mayweather.

Payout Perspective:

Despite the lofty price point for this PPV, it is believed it should break the PPV record. Similarly, the $72 million gate at the MGM will break a record as well. One might assume the same for international rights, closed-circuit money, sponsorships and merchandise. It’s clear that the logistics for splitting up the revenues required a central system (we assume with necessary checks, balances and protocols).

Brooks tops Bellator 136 salaries

April 15, 2015

MMA Fighting reports the Bellator 136 salaries which were disclosed by the California State Athletic Comission.  Lightweight champion Will Brooks was the top paid fighter earning $72,000.

Brooks, who earned $36,000 for show and $36,000 for the win, successfully defended his title against Dave Jansen who made $12,000.  The event took place Friday at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, California.

Via MMA Fighting:

Will Brooks: ($36,000 + $36,000 = $72,000) def. Dave Jansen ($12,000)
Rafael Carvalho ($4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000) def. Joe Schilling ($27,000)
Marcin Held ($13,000 + $13,000 = $26,000) def. Alexander Sarnavskiy($11,000)
Tony Johnson ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Alexander Volkov($10,000)

John Teixeira ($4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000) def. Fabricio Guerreiro($8,000)
Saad Awad ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Rob Sinclair ($8,000)
Joey Beltran ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Brian Rogers ($10,000)
AJ McKee ($1,500 + $1,5000 = $3,000) def. Marcos Bonilla ($1,000)
Chad George ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Mark Vorgeas ($2,000)
Justin Goverale ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Jay Bogan ($1,500)
Steve Ramirez ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Jonathan Santa Maria($2,500)
Chris Herrera ($1,500) vs. Luc Bondole ($1,500) (DRAW)
Cleber Luciano ($3,000 + $3,000 = $6,000) def. Aaron Miller ($2,000)

Payout Perspective:

Clearly Bellator pay is much less than UFC pay.  Brooks’ base of $36,000 is on par with recent payouts of lightweights Joe Lauzon’s at UFC 183 and Danny Castillo at UFC 182.  Of course, there are other fighters on the UFC roster that make a higher base than Brooks.   Schilling made $27,000 in his loss which was the second highest show purse on the card.

UFC Fight Night 63 payouts

April 6, 2015

MMA Junkie reports the payouts from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 63.  With his win Clay Guida earned the most out of the reported salaries from fight roster on Saturday.

In addition to Guida, main event winner Chad Mendes earned $96,000 and Dustin Poirier earned $68,000 for his win.

Via MMA Junkie:

Chad Mendes: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
def. Ricardo Lamas: $35,000

Al Iaquinta: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Jorge Masvidal: $51,000

Michael Chiesa: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Mitch Clarke: $12,000

Julianna Pena: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Milana Dudieva: $10,000

Clay Guida: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Robbie Peralta: $18,000

Dustin Poirier: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Ferreira: $15,000

Liz Carmouche: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Lauren Murphy: $8,000

Alexander Yakovlev: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Gray Maynard: $48,000

Timothy Johnson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Shamil Abdurahimov: $12,000

Ron Stallings: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Jones: $8,000

Payout Perspective:

With the bonuses, Poirier ($118K) and Mendes ($146K) joined Guida in making six figures for the afternoon.  Some notable information from the disclosed payouts from Saturday.  Gray Maynard earned $48,000 from his fight on the Prelims.  In her 5th fight in the UFC Liz Carmouche earned the same amount ($17K show) as she did from her last fight at UFC on Fox 11.  She has only gone up $5,000 since her fight with Ronda Rousey at UFC 157 (Carmouche made a reported $12K).  The payouts were disclosed by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.

PBC payouts for Saturday night

March 7, 2015

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the purses for tonight’s inaugural Premier Boxing Champions broadcast on NBC.  Its boxing’s return to prime time on network television and the purses reflect the big fight feel for the event.

Keith Thurman – $1.5 million vs. Roberto Guerrero – $1.225 million

Adrien Broner – $1.25 million vs. John Milina – $450,000

Abner Mares – $500,00 vs. Arturo Santos Reyes – $20,000

(h/t:  Bad Left Hook)

Payout Perspective:

Guerrero made $3 million in his fight against Floyd Mayweather in May 2013.  He made $1 million in his last fight, a slugfest against Yoshihiro Kamegai.  Keith Thurman made $500,000 this past December.  Notably, he turned down an offer from Roc Nation Sports which would have earned him $2 million per fight according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

It will be a big night for boxing and it will be interesting to see how the ratings will do.

Cyborg tops latest InvictaFC payouts

March 6, 2015

For those that may have missed it, Invicta FC announced the payouts for its event last Friday in Los Angeles.  As expected, Cris “Cyborg” Justino was the clear money winner hear making $90,000.

The California State Athletic Commission  revealed the payouts ( via MMA Mania):

Cristiane Justino: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
Charmaine Tweet: $6,000

Alexa Grasso: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
Mizuki Inoue: $2,000

DeAnna Bennett: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Norma Rueda Center: $1,500

Irene Aldana: $3,400 (includes $1,400 win bonus)
Colleen Schneider: $3,000

Jamie Moyle: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
J.J. Aldrich: $1,250

Amy Cadwell Montenegro: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Brianna Van Buren: $1,500

Christine Stanley: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Laura Salazar: $1,500

Aspen Ladd: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
Ana Carolina Vidal: $1,500

Payout Perspective:

It was a modest payroll for InvictaFC but as expected.  It’s hard to compare the UFC payroll to InvictaFC but it’s clear that Cyborg is being paid comparable to UFC fighters.  The question is whether she will make the move to the UFC.

UFC 184: Payout Perspective

March 4, 2015

Welcome to another edition of Payout Perspective.  This time we take a look at UFC 184 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. In the main event, Ronda Rousey fought Cat Zingano.

Gone in 14 seconds

Zero strikes but a scramble that had Cat Zingano’s arm caught by Ronda Rousey and a straight armbar ended the night very early for the challenger.

It’s too bad considering the Zingano backstory.  Even though she was a huge underdog, you would have like to see more of a fight.

For Rousey, she has received mainstream approval and sports people asking if she’s good for the sport.  Obviously, the fact that people are talking about Rousey is good for the UFC.  The question of who should see fight next is a good question.  With Rousey taking time off to do a movie, it will be interesting to see who will be set up as her next opponent.  Beth Corriea? Jessica Eye?  One fighter not mentioned was Cris Cyborg who fought on the Invicta card the night before.

ufc 184 poster

Holm defeats Rocky

It was not the strongest of debuts for “The Preacher’s Daughter” but she sustained a very good Raquel Pennington for the decision.  Holm was one of the most talked about women’s fighters not in the UFC prior to her debut.  Now, she seems destined to challenge for Rousey’s belt.  Based on Saturday, she’s not ready yet.

Attendance and Gate

According to the post-fight press conference UFC 184 at the Staples Center drew a reported 17,654 fans for a gate of $2.675 million.  Of the UFC events held at the Staples Center, only UFC 60 which featured Matt Hughes taking on Royce Gracie did better (14,802 for $2.9 million).  The Staples Center capacity ranges from 18,000-21,000 depending on the event.

Payouts

Cat Zingano ($100K) actually had a higher base salary than Ronda Rousey ($65K) although it was reported by Larry Pugmire of the LA Times that Rousey would probably clear $1 million with her cut of PPV revenues.  Also, Rousey was sponsored by Reebok, Monster and Monster Headphones.  All are UFC sponsors (presumably Monster Energy Drink has signed with the UFC).

Rousey did make $65K and $65K plus a Performance of the Night bonus to earn a total of $180,000.

In addition, Jake Ellenberger made $68K and $68K plus a Performance of the Night bonus to earn a total of $186,000.

Tony Ferguson and Tim Means earned the other $50K Performances of the Night.  There was no Fight of the Night.

The rest of the payouts are here.

Promotion of the Fight

The episodes of UFC Embedded were once again entertaining although I would argue that this time around the portion of the UFC Countdown show focusing on Cat Zingano had to be the best

The pre-weigh-in staredowns included the main eventers wearing evening gowns.

Rousey made the usual media rounds including an appearance on Jim Rome.  Something that people picked up on was a dispute between Rousey and Arianny Celeste.

Sponsors

Probably the biggest sponsor for Saturday was the “M” in the middle of the Octagon which replaced the usual Bud Light sponsor.  It appears that Monster Energy Drink has signed on as a sponsor for the UFC.  The former Bellator sponsor was shown prominently in the center of the Octagon as well as ring posts.

In addition, DraftKings announced a new sponsorship deal this week and was also on the Octagon mat.

Rounding out the sponsors on the Octagon mat included, Bud Light, MetroPCS, MusclePharm, Toyo Tires, Harley Davidson, Air Force Reserve and the movie Run All Night.  Harley Davidson had the prep point.

Holly Holm had no sponsors except UFC on her ring gear.  Raquel Pennington had a pretty nice “Colorado Rocky” shirt.

Ronda Rousey had Monster, Reebok and the UFC on her ring gear.  She also donned Monster headphones upon heading to the Octagon.  Rousey also had her jeans sponsor Buffalo on her fighter poster.  Maybe Nissan of Omaha was the best sponsor for Cat Zingano as it was clearly seen as she was being submitted.  Other notable Zingano sponsors included Sepec and Kalapaki Joe’s.

Odds and Ends

The UFC indicated that the social media campaign around Ronda Rousey did well:

Big search numbers for Ronda Rousey:

Darren Rovell took an ad hoc poll on the popularity of the UFC. The fact that Rovell is gaging his followers on its popularity shows that Rousey sparked his interest in the UFC.

Other ends…

Sponsor Mike’s Seafood on Derrick Lewis’ backside was either a good idea or a bad one.

The top three cities on Google Trends that searched for “Ronda Rousey” were Quezon City, Philippines, Los Angeles and New York in that order.

UFC 184 was in theaters once again. There were anecdotal reports of packed sports bars watching the fight.

Mark Munoz did not look good on Saturday. He failed to make weight on his first try at the weigh-ins although he subsequently made it. I would have hoped that he would make it to the Philippines card and then retire. It might be best for him to retire now.

InvictaFC had a card the night before in LA with Cyborg in the main event. Yet no real mention of her after the Rousey fight.

Essentially, the PPV ended at 9:00pm PT due to the quick main event and prelim matches were shown to fill-in time.

Conclusion

Ronda Rousey is one of the big draws of the UFC and based on searches and media coverage she is someone that casual viewers would tune into watch. The fact that ESPN talking head shows and other sports media were talking about her 14 second win on Monday reflects her popularity. But does that mean it equates to people paying $60 to watch her fight? We shall see. The last time Rousey headlined (without another co-main) was UFC 170 which drew 350,000 PPV buys. My guestimate would be somewhere around that mark and perhaps a little more 350,000-375,000 PPV buys.

Cat to make $100K/$100K, Rousey $65K/$65K at UFC 184

February 27, 2015

Lance Pugmire of the LA Times tweeted that Ronda Rousey will be making less of a guaranteed purse than Cat Zingano at UFC 184. However, with her PPV cut and deals with official UFC sponsors, Rousey will clear $1 million on Saturday.

According to tweets from Pugmire, Rousey will make $65K to show and $65K to win. The challenger will get $100,000 to show plus $100,000 if she wins. There is no information on whether Zingano gets a PPV cut. However, Rousey is said to have a PPV cut which should get her over $1 million.

As many probably saw at the weigh-ins, this will be the first fight that Rousey will don Reebok. She received an individual deal from the soon-to-be official clothing sponsor of the UFC. In the past, she also has had deals with official UFC sponsors Monster Headphones and MetroPCS.

Payout Perspective:

Zingano will make more than 5x what she made at UFC 178 when she earned $9K and $9K against Amanda Nunes. Thus, last September she was only guaranteed $9,000. Just 5 months later she will be guaranteed more than 10 times that amount. So, no lockstep raises for Cat. Good for her.

It’s interesting to note that Rousey last made $120K to show plus a $50K win bonus over Alexis Davis at UFC 175 this past July. It appears to be a restructure of her pay here so that she will receive more from either sponsors and/or her PPV cut.

UFC denies rumor it withheld payment to Silva for failed drug test

February 9, 2015

MMA Junkie addresses the report that came out over the weekend by a Brazilian outlet that the UFC withheld nearly $6 million of Anderson Silva’s fight purse due to his failing a drug test at UFC 183.  The UFC released a statement citing that the story was not true.  Also, the NSAC code states that it could not withhold such a payment.

Junkie specifically points out NSAC 467.142 and 467.147.

These two sections indicate the process by which Zuffa must submit fighter payment to the commission and the commission handles such distribution of payment. Also, only the commission can withhold a fight purse but only pending a disciplinary hearing.

Payout Perspective:

There has been no word whether the NSAC has withheld money from Silva’s earnings at UFC 183.  Regardless, it appears the the UFC could not have done it on its own accord.  The commission will meet next week to discuss the Silva’s failed drug test and determine a punishment at that point.  The UFC and most of Silva’s sponsors are sticking with him as he denies taking PEDs.

 

Silva, Diaz top UFC 183 salaries

February 2, 2015

MMA Junkie reports the salaries from this past Saturday’s UFC 183. As expected, Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz topped the list.

Via MMA Junkie:

Anderson Silva: $800,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Diaz: $500,000

Tyron Woodley: $139,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus)
def. Kelvin Gastelum: $21,000

Al Iaquinta: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Lauzon: $36,000

Thales Leites: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Boetsch: $52,000

Thiago Alves: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Jordan Mein: $22,000

Miesha Tate: $76,000 (includes $38,000 win bonus)
def. Sara McMann: $25,000

Derek Brunson: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Ed Herman: $47,000

John Lineker: $35,700 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Ian McCall: $22,300

Rafael Natal: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Watson: $16,000

Ildemar Alcantara: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Richardson Moreira: $8,000

Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Andy Enz: $8,000

Notably, Kevin Gastelum and John Lineker drew fines of 30% of their purses for not missing weight and they were given to their respective opponents.

Payout Perspective:

It was a big payday for Silva who takes home $800,000 for his victory over Nick Diaz. The Spider had a base of $600,000 and a $200,000 win bonus. One might assume he’s on this pay schedule as he also made $600,000 in his losses at UFC 162 and UFC 168. Diaz earned the most he has made in the UFC with a payday of $500,000. Tyron Woodley benefitted from Gastelum’s failure to make weight and earned an extra $9,000 and totaled $139,000. Woodley is already making $65,000 and $65,000.  It was a big night for Thiago Alves as he earned $84,000 plus his $50,000 win bonus earning $134,000 for his work Saturday.  Thales Leites also drew six figures as he scored a double bonus plus his $48,000 salary making $148,000 overall.  Miesha Tate made $76,000 ($38,000 and $38,0000) with her win over Sara McMann.

Jake Shields tops WSOF 17 salaries

January 22, 2015

MMA Fighting reports on the salaries from WSOF 17 with Jake Shields taking home the top payout for the event.  The salary figures were released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Via MMA Fighting:

Main Card (NBC Sports Network)

Jake Shields ($30,000 + $35,000 = $65,000) def. Brian Foster ($15,000)
Joe Condon ($3,000 + N/A = $3,000) def. Jonathan Nunez ($4,000)
Krasimir Mladenov ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Brendan Kornberger ($2,000)
Bryson Hansen ($4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000) def. Rudy Morales ($3,000)
Danny Davis Jr. ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Adam Cella ($1,200)

Preliminary Card (Online)

Jordan Rinaldi ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Soslan Abanokov ($1,000)
Donavon Frelow ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Taylor McCorriston ($1,000)
Trey Williams ($750 + $750 = $1,500) def. Jamie Point ($750)

Payout Perspective:

 The $30K/$35K earnings are a far cry from when Shields entered the UFC as a hot star making $75K/$75K at UFC 121.  Foster, Shields’ opponent, was the only other fighter to make over $8,000.

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