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F*cked-Up Fact of the Day: Brock Lesnar Was the Highest Paid MMA Fighter Last Year

(“What can I say? Beef jerky and flattops don’t pay for themselves.”)

As the rest of us scramble to get our taxes done in the hopes of getting back a nominal return, the world’s highest paid athletes laugh at us from their million-dollar penthouse apartments as they light thousand-dollar cigars with hundred dollar bills as their accountants write checks to Uncle Sam on their behalf to cover what they owe for the year.

Sadly, what the top ball throwers, dribblers, catchers, hitters and kickers pay out in yearly taxes equals more than many of us will make in a single year as long as we live. According to ESPN The Magazine, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is a member of that elite club as well.

In a report released today by ETM, Lesnar was the top money earner in the all of MMA last year with a whopping 2010 take-home of $5,300,000 for bouts with Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez, or $7,670.04 per second of work. These figures don’t include sponsorship money. For those keeping score, the highest paid athlete on the list, Manny Pacquiao who grossed $32,000,000 only averaged $7,407. 41 per second.

Not bad for a pro fighter who has an aversion to getting punched in the face and who only has seven fights under his belt.

Can you see him now?

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sinistercannibal- April 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm
this makes me wanna go watch cain smash brock. I'll do it now
KingAtRock- April 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Duh? UFC isn't about finding the best talent, its about the biggest names for the ppvs. I'm just waiting for Undertaker to do a run in on brock with a chair shot. The drunk noob fans will go nuts! HES #1!!!!
Lex Talionis- April 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm
How much did crazy horse make last year?
mustache revival- April 21, 2011 at 9:30 am
This is about as surprising as hearing Lesnar is a racist fag hater.
jimbonics- April 21, 2011 at 8:25 am
RwilsonR- April 21, 2011 at 7:01 am
Or instead of shitting on that fact, you could be thankful that he brought so much fucking money into the sport. Stupid fucking article!
Hesh to Steel- April 21, 2011 at 6:38 am
Most of the reason for brock's high payouts are the fact that unlike 99% of other fighters, he went into negotiations with Zuffa with some actual bargaining power in his pocket. If Brock doesn't fight for the UFC, the UFC loses out on thousands of extra PPVs, so they'll pay more to keep him around. Pay is always going to be a combination of peformance, drawing power, and the skill of a fighter's manager. More non-MMA fans know Lesnar's name than any other fighter's. A guy like Cain Velasquez, when first negotiating with the UFC had the limited bargaining power that an excellent fighter with basically no name commands.
Romanhelmut- April 21, 2011 at 6:21 am
I don't have a problem with his pay....he is a dick but he does bring millions. I hope more MMA fighters make top dollar since they have a small window to make their fortune before they hang it up and return to their high paying corporate jobs...:)
Biff Tannen- April 21, 2011 at 5:47 am
The main thing people need to realize is that sports aren't like the rest of corporate America. In corporate America, what you bring in doesn't necessarily equate to what you make. People are paid based on skill level and education. However, there is a direct correlation in sports to draw power and salary.
LOKI- April 21, 2011 at 5:45 am
Your all missing the point; it will require expensive plastic surgery to get rid of the vagina scar the Mexican fellow put onter his left eye, and it will brobably cost more to fix what Dos Santos does to him.
To say nothing of lawyer costs for spousal abuse and psychotherapy that he will no doubt be required to submit to after he pulls a Rampage Jackson.
My point is, no matter how much money he makes he will always be a coward and a bagadouche.
Let him have his money, he cant buy balls.
knucklesamitch- April 21, 2011 at 5:43 am
The fact that Brock made $5mil is irrelevant. That number is well beyond his disclosed salary for his two fights, so to really put it in perspective maybe ESPN the Mag should get a hold of a copy of Wineland's W-2 so we can have a more accurate comparison.
fullmojo- April 21, 2011 at 4:47 am
Okay Cagepotato I get the fact you hate Brock Lesnar and everything he stands for because every article reflects it. Your limited scope of both capitalism and supply and demand, as a previous commentor mentioned, is astounding. The writer makes the statement Brock is now in the same company as the NBA, NFL, MBL players' salaries. How do you figure? Isn't a better pay scale for top draws what we want? I agree that the Winelands of the world certainly deserve more that $6000 to fight but your argument is a bit weak. I am sorry that you feel inferior regarding money, but your ill disguised socialist fantasy is nauseating.
jamiepert- April 21, 2011 at 3:06 am
with wins over Shane Carwin, Randy Couture and Frank Mir you can't deny that Lesnar has some tallant. Yes he curls up and backs off once he gets a hit in the face but he took some serious ground and pound when fighting Carwin and came out in the second round unfazed.

The guy sells tickets and lots of people know his name due to his pro wrestling career... you are worth what you bring to the company... brock brings wrestling fans to mma... i was a wrestling fan but switched just as chuck liddel hit his prime... if not i would have probably tuned in and became life-long fan when brock got involved...
Chromium- April 21, 2011 at 2:42 am
Wow. He's paid what he's worth to the promotion. Amazing.

That a lot of lower-tier fighters are underpaid relative to their worth is hardly Brock's fault.
JWM- April 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm
Journalist = Socialist 99.9% of the time, the article several months ago about how the fighters need a union was another good example. Oh well CagePotato still kicks ass.
just some dong- April 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm
BTW, I wouldn't trust any report released by Eric the Midget. Dude is wack.
PERPATRAITOR- April 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm
lesnar was underpaid. brock will be governor one day like arnold. i said it first.
mahlbawlz- April 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm
Why is that F*cked up? who was supposed to make more than the heavyweight champ? (who also happened to be a celebrity prior to mma)
just some dong- April 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm
Say what you want, but that will buy him a lot of chicken salad.
Kaibo- April 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm
See how many stories you guys posted about/mentioning Brock Lesnar and let us know the ratio.
radiobaby- April 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm
"Sadly" guys that draw in absolute shitloads of money for the organizations they work for... get paid well. How is that "fucked up"? How much should Lebron, Brock, and Peyton be making? Communist Potato or just crybaby potato?
dranokills- April 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm
I personally don't give 2 shits what cock chestner makes. does it amaze me? no.
does it surprise me? no.
All I know is that after dos santos beats him unconscious cock chest will more than likely take his millions, and his nasty skank wench wife and go back to his cabin in the woods, and never come out, which is worth any amount he makes and more to see.
I would like a list of fighters who are less educated and hick as fuck as Brock, you will be hard pressed to find anyone fighting today who is as BAD an example of a fighter as brockland is.
TheWarsawExpress- April 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm
The figures obviously include locker room bonuses. Brock's disclosed pay-outs are 500,000 or 750,000. So, factor that into what underpaid fighters are getting. If someone is getting $5000 disclosed they are getting more than that later. It also includes pay for being on TUF, I'm sure.

In this place we call reality, people get paid what they are worth. Brock is worth 5 million a year, I guess.
terrence- April 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm
fact of the day...this writer is a whining socialist
MaxTheLimit- April 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm
For the upper tier name draws in the UFC, I would be interested to see the ratio of purse versus sponsorship income.