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About $4 to $5 million per fight.
"I learned that the UFC makes the most money on pay-per-view when I am fighting. That made me smile. For me, a fight is (worth) $4 to $5 million, and in the city where the UFC holds its events, there are economic benefits of between $15 to $20 million. It's huge!"
It sure is good to be the king of the welterweight division, huh?
While that's certainly a high number, it should come as no surprise. After all, UFC President Dana White recently made it clear that St. Pierre is the biggest pay-per-view star in the business:
"Let me put it to you this way: Georges St. Pierre is, by far, the biggest pay-per-view star in mixed martial arts. By far. By far. The biggest pay-per-view star. Big. By far the biggest pay-per-view star in MMA. So, for what it's worth, for people who want to say he's this or that."
According to the cold hard numbers, Brock Lesnar sells more pay-per-views on average than St. Pierre. And thanks to his getting a cut of that considerable piece of pie, we can safely say that Lesnar makes even more than "GSP."
Who says MMA doesn't pay?
Anyone surprised at hearing this number? Or did you expect it to be even higher?