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Brock Lesnar's UFC 100 opponent reveals his pay stub, claiming he was underpaid

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Brock Lesnar's UFC 100 opponent reveals his pay stub, claiming he was underpaid

Brock Lesnar's UFC 100 opponent has revealed how much he was paid for the event.

Brock Lesnar's UFC 100 opponent has revealed how much he was paid for the event.

Billed as a historic event, UFC 100 took place 15 years ago and featured Frank Mir taking on WWE superstar Lesnar as the main event.

It sold a record-breaking 1.6 million pay-per-views and generated revenue of over $71 million (£56 million).

However, publicly available salaries for the event at the time showed that Mir earned just $45,000 (£35,000) for his defeat, while Lesnar earned $400,000 (£315,000). These fees were before pay-per-view sales were taken into account.

However, Mir admitted that even with his bonus he had not cleared $1 million (£790,000) for his fight with Lesnar. In fact, he said he never made more than $1 million in a fight in his 15-year UFC career.

“I think when it finally dawned on me it was Deontay Wilder [rematch] with Tyson Fury,” Mir told MMA Fighting. “We still did more buys than her, me and Brock, and then I look at the pay-per-view costs. Okay, the money was there. Who did it go to?

“Seeing these guys make $40 million between them. I think wow. Brock obviously made seven figures from this, I think he made $2.5 million. But I didn't even make a million.

“Brock himself, a much bigger superstar than [Fury or Wilder]. How come he didn't make $20 million? This blows my mind and I don't understand it.

“See you Conor [McGregor] came, we had the record for most pay-per-view buys sold.”

Mir admitted that as a fighter he didn't appreciate how little money he was making compared to the winnings the promotion brought him. He now admits that the salary he earned in the UFC was nowhere near what he should have earned.

“I didn’t know any better back then,” Mir continued. “We didn't know. Right now, as time passes, I look around and think, wait a minute, that doesn't make sense. A pay-per-view purchase is a pay-per-view purchase.

Brock Lesnar took on Frank Mir at UFC 100 (Getty)

Brock Lesnar took on Frank Mir at UFC 100 (Getty)

“Why does this sport pay its athletes this percentage of what they earn versus this? It's pretty much the same makeup. These are not two completely different sports: boxing and MMA.

“They are very comparable when it comes to putting up a cage or a ring, so it's not like the cost is different.

“So what’s the difference here? Oh, that's because there are competing promoters who know what's going on and you can't screw each other over. In the UFC it is the only promoter.

“In MMA, the show is the only promoter. It's not like we're going to have a Bellator fighter and a UFC fighter and both are on the card, so both organizations know what they're going to give their man because they both understand the revenue models.

“You understand what’s going on. They do not speak out of ignorance.”

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Topics: UFC, Brock Lesnar, MMA, boxing