Brock Lesnar headlined the biggest pay-per-view in UFC 100, and that drawing power has seen him rewarded handsomely for his UFC 200 appearance.
The Beast’s impromptu return to the sport just last month saw a UFC 200 card that had lost MMA’s current top star Conor McGregor return to prominence.
Brock Lesnar’s blockbuster heavyweight bout against knockout merchant Mark Hunt has remained a steadfast attraction amidst the Jon Jones debacle. As such, the UFC have seen fit to more than double their previous record-high disclosed payout.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor earned a flat one million dollars in disclosed pay for his UFC 196 bout with Nate Diaz. That event was the second highest grossing in the company’s history behind UFC 100.
Of course, McGregor made in excess of $10m overall once his cut of the PPV buy-rate kicked in, but his disclosed figure was historic for being the first to reach seven figures.
Just four months later, Lesnar has crushed that amount, according to Yahoo’s Kevin Iole via the Nevada Athletic State Commission.
Considering that Lesnar already made millions in the WWE on what is a part-time contract, the Minnesota native (now bizarrely representing Canada) will be seeing dollar signs tonight. For his sake, let’s hope it’s not stars he’ll be seeing also.
Brock Lesnar's purse tonight is $2.5 million
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 9, 2016
Assuming Lesnar gets a PPV cut, very likely he makes as much at #UFC200 tonight as he does a year with WWE. So, you know why he came back.
— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W) July 9, 2016
somewhere in the world @TheNotoriousMMA is crying into his guinness
— Matt White MMA (@MattWhiteMMA) July 9, 2016