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World’s Most Overpaid Fighter Hoping for Raise


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Cripes, quote of the day from MMA Weekly via Mike C. at MMA Eruption

“Of course fighters are gonna always want more money. You’re an employee of a company, you’re always gonna want more money, you’re always gonna be asking for a raise. So hopefully after Saturday I’m in a position where I can ask for a raise, so let’s see what happens.” Brandon Vera

If I was Keith Jardine, I’d be fucking furious right now. Brandon Vera’s current contract — which began with his UFC 77 loss to Tim Sylvia — gives him a $100,000 base salary with a $100,000 win bonus, making him one of the highest paid fighters in the UFC. And what has Vera’s employer (and the fans) gotten in return? Well, there was that sad decision loss to Timmy, then the sadder first-round TKO loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 85, then his light-heavyweight debut fight against Reese Andy in July, where The Truth couldn’t even finish the UFC newcomer. Brandon’s total take: $400,000.

Meanwhile, Jardine remains one of the most underpaid fighters in the sport. His loss to Wanderlei Silva was the first fight on a new contract that pays him $10,000 to show; before that, he was getting only $7,000. In other words, if Jardine wins on Saturday, he’ll still make five times less than Vera — and Vera still wants more money.

As we learned yesterday, Dana White doesn’t care much for this new, cautious, wealthy Brandon Vera. A raise has to be out of the question at this point, regardless of the UFC’s plans for Filipino expansion. Is it too late to tell people that Kenny Florian is actually a proud Pinoy?

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GearHead- October 18, 2008 at 6:41 pm
This post is just to let you know
That I was right, I told you so !!!
I told you so, I told you so,
I told you so, I told you so !!!

Vera, thanks for sure thing. I'm a grand richer.
Mr Josh- October 17, 2008 at 1:01 am
Jardne is the most underpaid good fighter in the UFC if he wins this fight he should be getting at least 80k to show at any fight.
walrus- October 17, 2008 at 12:36 am
@ Seamus

what're you a Vera nuthugger. Maybe he does have a good agent, but he's still gettin' way overpaid for a fighter of his caliber. One way or another, this guy is highly overrated and seemingly very arrogant -- I'm with Ben.
TopAthlete- October 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm
i hope keith jardine beats the shit out of him
Mike- October 16, 2008 at 8:47 pm
Is Josh Barnett dead? If not, no one else gets the title of most overpaid.
Veronica Belmont- October 16, 2008 at 5:09 pm
Kazanski, youre a reality tv homo spending more time on how a fighter looks than how he fights.

And BenUFC cant stop licking Donna White's balls for two seconds.

What Jardine and the majority of fighters make in the UFC is a fucking ridiculous joke.

Billy Vera is overpaid in comparison to the underpaid shmucks who are still in it for the 'glory' of fighting for the UFC but considering how much the fighters make per fight, this cheapskate organization can blow you all to thank you for defending their coffers so well.
dont worrie...its ok- October 16, 2008 at 4:35 pm
Vera is a whiny bitch. I am not a Jardine fan but i think the dude works hard and wants it more. I hope the "Mean Sardine" high kicks Vera in the stupid grinning face.
MMA-hole- October 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm
@ Wow:

Do most jokes fly over your head?
Wow- October 16, 2008 at 3:08 pm
Florian is of Peruvian parentage, not Filipino.
Anonymous- October 16, 2008 at 2:53 pm
If Vera doesn't start coming up with the goods, he should consider changing his nickname to "The Poof".
kazanski- October 16, 2008 at 2:37 pm
Jardine is still overpaid. The guy looks older than john mccain and is more akward than tim sylvia. He has the eyebrows of woopie goldberg and a dog shit goatee that looks like a 1970's Vagina. His fighting style is boring and his fight name is the worst in the history of fighting. I hope The Mean Sardine gets his head kicked into the 5th row and goes away. I have seen him fight live twice and dana owes me a refund.

FYI I am not a vera fan either... The floater I flushed in my toilet this morning had more excitement than that overpaid clown brings to the table.
Corwin P- October 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm
"If I was Keith Jardine, I’d be fucking furious right now."

Ya, but not at Brandon Vera for trying to get paid himself - rather at Dana White for being such a greedy money-grubbing pr*ck.
Gabriel- October 16, 2008 at 2:19 pm
Ben:
In the third paragraph I think you mean to say 1/5th of what Vera makes not 5 times less.
Best,
Gabe
none- October 16, 2008 at 12:58 pm
Seamus is right. I hate Vera but Jardine needs to get a better manager or lawyer. After beating chuck the best you can do is a $3000 raise?
Anonymous- October 16, 2008 at 12:44 pm
I thought Kimbo was the worlds most overpaid fighter
tertio- October 16, 2008 at 12:44 pm
Ben and Ben,

I am sitting at my desk at work the door closed and locked hand lotion standing by.

WHERE ARE RACHELS PICTURES !"!!!!"/!"/!!!!!!1111111ONE
Seamus- October 16, 2008 at 12:05 pm
Maybe you should flame on Jardine for agreeing to such a shit contract and not Vera for trying to get paid more?....
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