Randy Couture Looking For 6-10 Million To Fight Fedor Emelianenko

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During a recent interview with the former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture on the Adam Carolla Radio Show, the natural stated that he is hoping for a 6-10 million dollar payday for a fight with Affliction’s Fedor Emelianenko. This seems a little far fetched, considering UFC 86 payed out a total of $943,000 to all of the fighters on the card.

They’re still trying to call me the heavyweight champion. I resigned and relinquished the title. Nogueira’s in my opinion the champion now in the UFC…I need to be free and clear of that before I can pursue this fight somewhere else with Fedor (Emelianenko). I’d love for the UFC to step up and make the fight happen. It has the potential to be the biggest mixed martial arts fight to date…It has the potential to do 700,000+ pay-per-view buys which is a helluva lotta money. I think 6-10 [million should be the salary] for each of us and they’re still gonna make a boatload of money on top of that.

TG: “Kom34″


  1. luke

    August 13, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Sure the fight would attract huge PPV numbers it has the ability to out sell Liddell/Ortiz 2.

    Is it just me or is randy forgetting about the fight as a groundbreaking fight in MMA and seeing it as a big payday so he can retire a rich man. Obviously i dont know the full story but somewhere along the way randy has lost interest in saying how this fight will help the sport and be a dream fight for the fans, And now only see's the fight from a financial point.

    This has gone on for so long i've just about lost interest. I dont care which promotion puts it on, how much each fighter will or wont make ALL I WANT IS TO WATCH FIGHTS!

    Its seems to me randy loves $$$!

  2. Jake

    August 13, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Is this guy serious? I think he's been talking to Tito. Randy went to hollywood and became a greedy , whining bitch. He cried about making over a million for his last 2 fights in the UFC. What other fighter is making that type of cash? After he retired the first time. He was given a HUGE raise in pay even though he still had fights left on his old contract. Seems pretty generous to me especially after getting KTFO by Liddel TWICE. Since then all he has talked about is how much he should be entitled to making.

    The "poor" Randy had something this Randy will never have …. RESPECT. Act like a bitch and you get treated like one.

  3. Ryan S

    August 13, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I agree guys. It kind of seems like he's all about the money all of a sudden. That's pretty shitty.

  4. TAZKE

    August 13, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Hey hey you guys WTF this is RANDY you are talking about!! He absolutely deserves 10+mil to fight. As a matter of fact they should call it the Ultimate Fighting Couture.

    You are the ones that should be getting some RESPECT, this Randy you are talking about!! How can you call yourself a fan without worshiping RANDY? RANDY! RANDY! RANDY!


    Or better yet lets ignore the guy and UFC keeps the 10 mil to pay all the other fighters about 10K more a fight, that would go along way to helping guys out.

  5. luke

    August 13, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Its strange how the prospect of lots of money makes you forget about why you do this in the first place.

    Randy has been going on since the Gonzaga Fight about how he wants to test himself and give the fans the fight they want. Suddenly he's ditched us fans and probably doesn't care if he gets beat in 35 secs just as long as he can sleep on the big pile of money the promoters give him.

    Randy you sold out! whatever happened to doing this for the love of competition, for the chance to be remembered as one of the best ever.

    You are totally right jake, Randy has lost all respect for the sport and after reading this i have lost all respect for him.

  6. luke

    August 13, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Sorry to keep posting. TAZKE – If Randy deserve $10 mil to fight one more time and then retire how much do guys like Kenny Florian who fights multiple times a year, did not complain when a huge win didn't get him a title shot, and just looks to the closest show he can compete on to establish himself as number 1 contender deserve.

    I used to have all the respect in the world for Randy. Even after 2 losses at heavyweight he got thrown into title contention at 205 lbs and hardly any fan was on the forums saying he did not deserve it. Then he lost to Chuck Liddell, retired, came back and got a title shot a Sylvia without a tune up fight and again hardly any fan disagreed with that also.

    When Randy Couture first resigned from UFC he claimed it was about money and respect. It looks to me as though he wants a huge payday incase all the movies flop.

  7. TAZKE

    August 13, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Luke, read my post again. note the LOL, I agree with you a 100%. Randy has stated that this is about respect, I ask, respect from whom? the management or the fans? Would you, in a similar situation give up the respect of 100's of thousands of fans in a squable to get respect from a couple of "businessmen"? I would hope a friend would pull me aside and say " hey dumbass….."

    His next point is it will benifit the next generation of fighters, does that make sense, thats why we don't go through life doing business on hand shakes and instead deal with some long drawn out contract process involving lawyers. Management will just do a better job writing and enforcing the contracts.

    Lastly you have hit the nail on the head, if a fighter doesn't fight no one knows him, hence no following. So I would much rather see the guys that are busting there ass getting in the UFC get paid a bit more than one guy getting a truckload of the money.

    So, Mr. Couture thank you for all you have done for the sport of MMA, I truly appreciate all your hard work. As you move on to you next carreer, good luck to you in whatever that may be.

  8. fedor24

    August 13, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    I didn't feel that Randy was griping about money. If this fight could draw the big ppv numbers, 6-10 mill a fighter might not be that out of line with other big shows in the past. As the revenue increases, both fighters and promoters have a larger pie to divide up. The percentages of fighter payout money may be close to the same, but drawing from a significantly larger amount of total revenue. I still see Randy as a pioneer and am not ready to throw him under the bus yet. We can't dismiss his impact and dedication to the sport because of hi success and wealth. Randy has parlayed his mma career into a highly successful business empire and in doing so he is helping to bring even more credibility to the sport for many non fans who see mma as a social blight. We all want to Fedor vs Randy whenever, wherever, however and that is why it will be the biggest payday to date for the headliners. Fedor tko rd 2.

  9. luke

    August 13, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Im sorry didn't take notice of the LOL. and i thought the last paragraph was sarcastic lol.

  10. boink

    August 13, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    6-10 million per fighter is too much money..be reasonable how the hell the promotion can get a 6-10 million for just one fighter alone. So they going to spend 20 million for two fighters… and how about the other under card fighters…..how much your going to pay them.. the marketing of the fight itself involves much money….get in touch of reality..

  11. STEVEO

    August 13, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    I have to say its too much to pay. If you pay those two thay much you arent going to have an undercard worth a squirt of piss because they are going to be fighting for a ham sandwich and a 20oz pepsi. I think if they do pay those guys that much you are going to open up Pandoras box and every fighter is going to turn into Terrell Owens. I agree most fighters are underpaid, there are a few that are IMMENSELY overpaid in my book( SEE TIM SYLVIA ). But there is no reasaon every guy who gets in the ring shouldnt make 50K or so. If they pay for med, travel, and all that jazz they should be compensated a little more fairly while the fertitas and dana burn money to keep their houses warm. MAybe 5 Mil a piece but ten is just crazy. Like someone said above this could be like an old tyson fight, fedor could knock him out in ten seconds and he could make a mil a sec. Pretty good pay. He can knock me out for half that.

  12. Rayburn

    August 14, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Agree with #11 STEVEO

    Randy's gone loco, 10 million each to fight? that's what killed boxing. Big payday for the main card fight while the rest of the card is underpaid nobody's. i hate to say it but the i like the ufc style. last thing i want is a bunch of overpaid millionaire's turning down fights because the numbers aren't right and the only ones getting truly rich are the lawyers.

  13. John Wayne

    August 14, 2008 at 4:49 am

    Umm… I think it is the main eventers that generate the pay per view buys.

    Affliction said they would cover their loses with 250,000 buys @ $40 a pop.

    assuming they keep 80% of the pay per view money, that's $32 per PPV they needed:

    $32 * 250,000 = $8 million

    AND that was with their ridiculous $3 million pay out to the fighters.

    Now let's say they make 750,000 buys. 250,000 buys go to costs, and then…. where does the other 500,000 buys go? that's ($16 MILLION in excess)

    Well it goes into the pockets of Dana and Fertita brothers even though Randy GENERATED that money

  14. Jake

    August 14, 2008 at 5:13 am

    How has the UFC even survived without Randy? blah blah blah. If Randy VS Fedor is such a draw why can't they sign and promote the fight without some organization calling the shots ? That way they could make all the money. It's because the UFC made Randy Couture and not the other way around. Fedor couldn't even make half a million and now you think they are going to give him a 5 and a half million dollar raise?

    Wake up kids this is the real world and not some MTV game show. Businesses make as much money as they can while paying their employees as little as possible. WalMart, McDonalds you name a successful business and that's how it is ran. Notice how much money US automakers pay in salary . A Lot. Notice how much money they make ? Nothing …. every financial quarter they are talking about record losses.

    Until the UFC starts losing money nobody else matters. I DO NOT agree with it but its the way of the world.

  15. John Wayne

    August 14, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Hey Jake, the cashier at WalMart doesn't pull in an additional $10 million for showing up, but Couture does

    Your comparison to major corporations isn't exactly accurate. Yes it's a business, but it's also a sport

    In NHL, NHL, MLB, the players make 50% of the profit

    If one man pull in an additional $10 million, isn't he at least entitled to half of it?

  16. TAZKE

    August 14, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Hey JW, I see your point but thats why so many people think NHL, MLB, (and I assume you meant) NFL all suck, throw all the wrestling actors in there also. MMA is as real as it get. Agreed? So why jack it all up because a few guys think they rate a load cash?

    How many times have you watched a fight, PPV or not, and thought, "….that was a great fight…" and it was two low ranked guys. Yep me to, I would much rather watch a bunch more of them type of fights then one BS fight that I really don't give a poot about because I would just be upset that the fighters turned into some money hungry snivelers like the rest of "professional sports" have.

    How would you be able to figure out who pulled in the 10 million? If I was on the card at all I would say, HEY 2.78 million of that was to watch me not him!!! Now what?

  17. Jake

    August 14, 2008 at 10:55 am

    My major corporation comparison isn't exactly accurate? And you say it's more than a business it's a sport? When is the UFC a sport? Never. MixedMartialArts is the sport. The UFC is a major corporation that organizes and promotes it. It is all done for financial gain. Did you see what happened with hockey(NHL)? They were paying their players too much and it almost cost them everything. They forced players to take pay cuts, they instituted a salary cap and had to sign a new collective bargaining agreement. It's always about the money. If you're not making it you fold.

    How much money has Randy Couture made in MMA since he "retired" again? How much has the UFC made since then? I think Randy needs the UFC more than the other way around. Dana is a cold hearted bastard. He'd rather keep making less money(he's still making tons) then put anymore money in Randy's pockets. Plus , I really doubt he'd pull an ADDITIONAL ten million dollars. I don't remember him being apart of the best selling pay per view of all time.

  18. Jake

    August 14, 2008 at 10:57 am

    The fighters need a union so that they have more power collectively. This way they could get better benefits as well as pay. Every major sport has one except for boxing and look how screwed up that is.

  19. Alex

    August 14, 2008 at 11:33 am

    C'mon Randy. You're movies can't even make 6-10 million. I was all for Randy and Fedor a year ago but right now I would rather see Fedor fight someone else; like Barnett, like Arlovski, shoot even Lesnar would be interesting.

  20. Alex

    August 14, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Randy said when he left the UFC it was not about the money and it was about his legacy. So much for that. Its all about the money. He should want this fight with Fedor instead of asking for money that noone can afford.

  21. Businessman

    August 14, 2008 at 11:51 am

    John Wayne, you don't know what you are talking about. While your concept makes sense on the surface, that is not how business works. In any successful corporation, the employees do all the work and the owners profit from it. Like it or not, fair or not, that's the way it is. I work in a private education company. The teachers that we hire are what keeps the children happy which is why the parents stay…without the teachers, we would be nothing. But, we pay them peanuts for such a hard job.

    While I support our schools, in my position, I dont generate any revenue and I make 3 or 4 times what the teachers make??? I feel bad for them but it is what it is.

    Unions are not the answer neither. Do you want a strike so that we not only don't see the "great" Randy but then don't get to see anyone else fight? Plus with a union, the UFC would have to have kept a loser like Kaleb because unions protect non-performers.

    The fact is that this is a business and like any other business, people need to do what is best for them. I see why Randy stood up for himself and decided that he did not want to fight for the UFC anymore, but in the big scheme of things, he screwed himself. He had 1 or 2 more fights in his contract…he should have fought, got the fame and money, and then left as the champ to fight Fedor. Here we are, a year later and he is not fighting, making money off MMA, and his career is in jeopordy. he is not getting any younger. As Sinatra said, "I did it my way"…Randy did it his way but in the process he bit of his nose to spite his face!

  22. Morey

    August 14, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Basically the UFC is still a monopoly because Elite hasn't established enough of the market yet, the IFL is done, and Affliction needs some more good shows. Until there is more pressure from other companies to pay the fighters more I don't think Randys demands are going to be that influential.

    Oh wait, there is also that other org that is going to start with PPV's since they have one good girl fighter and a former WWE figher (Lashley). Good luck with that. I'm not buying it.

  23. John Wayne

    August 14, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Ha! I've gotten lots of responses

    Yes the UFC is a major corporation. I never said that wasn't the case. I was trying to point out that Couture (and other big names) are worth a lot more than a "regular" employee of a company.

    People like cashiers and sales people generate less than a percent of the total company's revenue. This is not the case with big names. People like Couture generate ridiculous amounts of money.

    I just thought it would be fair if those established big names like Couture made 50/50. No? (well that's my opinion, some people think it's better to give to Dana then fighters don't complain as much?).

    Oh and I got the additional $10 million from my earlier post were i ran some numbers:

    Affliction said they break even w/ 250,000 PPV buys @ $40 per PPV

    assuming 80% return on each PPV ($32) it costs

    250,000 * $32 = $8 million

    so $8 million to cover expenses? (but affliction gave a $3 million payout & UFC usually gives ~$1 million)

    so 8 – 2 = $6 million to cover expenses (UFC still no profit)

    UFC averages around 350,000 PPV buys

    but Randy says he can do 700,000 PPV buys

    so Couture generates an additional 350,000 PPV buys

    UFC sells @ $45 per PPV, then 80% profit => $36

    350,000 * $36 = $12.6 million

    These are all rough estimates, but it seems to indicate Couture bringing in $12.6 million (from his 350,000 extra PPV)

    (The UFC has already profited $6.6 million from the first 350,000 after you remove expenses from $12.6 million)

  24. TAZKE

    August 14, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    JW, Where did you get the 80% return on a PPV number? Just curious, I don't know the answer but 80% return seems pretty high to me. I know someone knows the numbers on that, it sure would be interesting.

    Jake, Are you kidding us, a union. That is the LAST thing we as fans want, trust me.

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