Steroids in MMA
Which MMA Fighter Will Test Positive For Steroids Next?

Fedor’s Real Take From Affliction: $1.6 Million?

(Did Fedor make approximately 640,000 ice cream cones at Affliction? Oh, would that he had more than two hands.)

We all knew there was no way in hell that Fedor Emelianenko only pocketed $300,000 for throttling Tim Sylvia at Affliction: Banned, as was reported in the official payout figures from the CSAC. Word had it that he got “a sizable” amount of his money in the form of a signing bonus. Now says they have sources telling them that the figure was $1.3 million, bringing his total cheddar from the event to $1.6 million.

Sizable? Yeah, we’d say so. Especially since he owns the right to his fight footage in Europe, which is both a little weird and totally awesome. So this seems to be more in line with what we’d expect Fedor to be getting paid, right? After all, if Tim Sylvia got $800,000, and Fedor is at least twice as valuable, $1.6 mill is right on the button.

But if we’re to believe everything we read (and we do, even science fiction, which explains why we’re terrified of Asimov’s robots) Fedor was offered and declined a deal for more money with the UFC. Dave Meltzer wrote recently that Emelianenko was offered “a seven-figure signing bonus and a minimum of $1.5 million per fight.”

If that’s true — and we’ll point out that Meltzer is probably getting his info from the UFC on this one, who also once claimed that they totally weren’t offering Fedor waaaaaay more than Randy Couture, who as you’ll recall got pissed off enough to leave behind these failed negotiations — then something isn’t adding up here. Or else Fedor and his management team love their video rights and their freedom more than cash. Or else they’re dumb.

Cagepotato Comments

Showing 1-25 of comments

Sort by : Show hidden comments
Friendo- July 30, 2008 at 3:02 am
Its amazing that there are still idiots out there who think Fedor is less #1. Some of you fan-atics are blinded by your UFC loyalties. Fedor not signing with UFC is the best thing to happen to MMA in the last few years. It gives a chance for competition and change to sweep through the stagnate mma landscape that is currently ruled by the UFC. Do you guys not see the problem with one organisation holding all the strings. With no competition from other organizations fights and champions would be orchestraded like in the WWE
axhed- July 30, 2008 at 2:23 am

"Fedor’s a pusy coward, who lives off his nuthuggin fans, and the chance to beat up another can for 2 mil next time beats fighting the best, and being in UFC."

fedor's submitted a ufc hof'er twice, submitted a two-time hw champ in 36 secs, and beaten the current ufc hw title holder twice. add another former champ to the list in a couple months.

keep huggin dana's nuts, to speak in terms you understand. fedor is the real deal.
axhed- July 30, 2008 at 2:22 am

"Fedorâ??s a pussy coward, who lives off his nuthuggin fans, and the chance to beat up another can for 2 mil next time beats fighting the best, and being in UFC."

fedor's submitted a ufc hof'er twice, submitted a two-time hw champ in 36 secs, and beaten the current ufc hw title holder twice. add another former champ to the list in a couple months.

keep huggin dana's nuts, to speak in terms you understand. fedor is the real deal.
Fedor Emelianenko DVD- July 29, 2008 at 10:56 pm
Fedor has personal issues with Dana and his arrogant and distasteful remarks about him and Russian in general. I bet Fedor won't be signing anything with UFC at least in the next several years, while that little bitch Dana runs the show. Which is bad for all of us, considering that UFC still boasts the best fighters roster (except for HW at the moment, that is :)
InfiniteX- July 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm
Anyone who thought that Fedor only made $300,000 is an idiot. We blogged about this story months ago, and at that time advised that Fedor got $1.5 million dollars to fight for Affliction.

In regards to your other question. For Fedor, money isn't the only decision making point. Dana wanted exclusivity from fighting in other events, and Fedor loves him some Sambo. Why would he take the deal from UFC, when someone else would give him the same money and the right to fight when he pleases.

Come Guys, lets do our homework.
UFC fan- July 29, 2008 at 9:45 pm
I dont usually post twice in row, as its a waste of time, but I sure wish I had read what Vadim Fucklstein said up there. Dude you are dead-on, and I pronounce you "THE MAN" for your fine informative post, you completely nailed it.
I hope that your vastly superior brain will not even acknowledge the stupid fukin nuthuggers who will blast you simply cause they cannot stop sucking of the Fedor cock.
Some of the stuff I knew about some I didn't but it just proves what I always felt about fedor, hes a big wimp, and his people are 3rd world morons.
UFC fan- July 29, 2008 at 9:06 pm
"Or else theyâ??re dumb."
I think you came close to the answer.......lets try : cause Fedor's a pussy coward, who lives off his nuthuggin fans, and the chance to beat up another can for 2 mil next time beats fighting the best, and being in UFC.
screw him, and his nuthuggin fans.
Xamot- July 29, 2008 at 7:07 pm
Fedor probably didn't take the deal because Dana didn't want to post M-1 banners allover his rings and tv shows, add a bunch of other russian fighters to his roster, or even just give fedor's manager a tug job.
Clay Jefferson- July 29, 2008 at 6:15 pm
Vadim Finklestein = Russian Jew?
Jeff- July 29, 2008 at 5:14 pm
I don't give a fuck where Fedor fights as long as he fights Randy.
Noah- July 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm
I think Fedor could get a better deal than $2.50 per ice cream cone. He should get some kind of break for buying in such bulk. If he were to only buy a few ice cream cones per day, maybe he wouldn't get the bulk discount, but he should get some kind of loyalty card. You know, buy 10 ice cream cones and get the 11th free. CP, good sir, I think you must rethink your ice cream cone math.
Anonymous- July 29, 2008 at 3:59 pm
How long is Fedor contract? If its more then one fight you have to look at the singing bonus over the length of the contract, not just the one fight.
FEDOR THE GREAT WHITE- July 29, 2008 at 3:56 pm
I didnt join the ufc because Mr. White wouldnt let me ROCK OUT WITH MY COCK OUT.
DOUBLE DD- July 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm
Jason- July 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm
Good for Fedor, I'm glad he is not with the UFC & Dana white... it's better for the sport in the long run if their is a little competition out there.
Vadim Fucklstein- July 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm
I think it is pretty obvious that Fedor's management is, in fact, pretty dumb. Also, they seem to look out for their own interest above Fedor's, but he seems content with that.

The video rights are just another demand in a long list of demands made by Fedor's manager. Vadim Finklestein also demanded that the UFC, Monte Cox, Bodog, or whoever he was dealing with co-promote with him in Russia under his M-1 banner. Additionally, he demanded that they also sign other Red Devil fighters under his management to lucrative fight contracts (regardless of whether or not they have Hepatitus) if they wanted the privelege of signing Fedor. Both Dana White and Monte Cox have attested to these, and while individually both of their words might be suspect, the fact that they tell the same story about Fedor's management seems pretty convincing. Monte Cox even named his organization after Finklestein's M-1 Mixfight, for fuck's sake.

Now we also see that video rights were amongst their demands. They may be others we haven't heard about, either (hand-picked fights have long been another rumor). So why are these video rights so important to Fedor? Well, they probably aren't. Like most of the demands, they aren't that important to Fedor, but to his manager Vadim Finklestein. Finklestein needs these video rights so that he can use them to promote his own organization, M-1.

Sure, Fedor demanded a few sambo matches. But the majority of the demands that killed the deal with the UFC, killed the deal with Monte Cox, and severed the deal with Bodog, were from Finklestein and served his own interests, not Fedor's.

Do you really think the UFC would agree to all of that other crap just so they could get a fighter who doesn't speak english, has little discernable personality, and has no concern for building up fights within their organization? Even the Japanese (who are constantly lauded for their solemn and quiet attention span during fights, as opposed to those raucus, ignorant Americans) thought Fedor was a bit too dull for their tastes. CroCop was always waaayyyyyy more marketable over there than Fedor.

And so it was Finklestein's demands that made it impossible for Fedor to fight for long stretches of time. This caused Fedor to lose his aura of invincibility, which was his lone marketablility. In looking out for his own interests, Finklestein has cost Fedor (and ultimately himself) millions of dollars. You can't tell me that these video rights will somehow pay Fedor more from a few showings on Russian television than if he had fought top competition three times a year for the past three years and become a UFC star with tons of sponsorships!

No... Fedor's management is self-serving, and above all, they are stupid.
douchebaggery- July 29, 2008 at 3:33 pm
ps- I am a dana white fan
douchebaggery- July 29, 2008 at 3:32 pm
maybe he didn't want dana getting into his face after each fight sproting a huge grin and yelling "great mother fuckin fight you russian motherfucking machine of fucking death!" while slapping him on the back and walking off while pointing back at Fedor yelling "I love that motherfucker right there!" while chewing his gum obnoxiously
Aaron from alaska- July 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm
I agree with Onan, In the long run I think he is able to make more money without the old ball and chain known as the UFC, he already has people getting in line up to pay him large sums of money to knock people out.
The_Emperor- July 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm
its cold in Russia douche
Onan- July 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm
^^ I see what you did there.

If I remember correctly, the problem that Fedor had with UFC was that he wouldn't be able to compete in Sambo if he signed with them. That and all the other onerous aspects of UFC fighter contracts isn't attractive to a fighter who has Fedor's kind of leverage. Less money for more freedom, plus controlling the video rights in your home country sounds like a great deal to me.
maud- July 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm
Nice sweater.