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Georges St. Pierre recently revealed that the timing just isn't right for him to fight Anderson Silva right now. But there might be a way to make the bout happen and if Mike Straka is right, it's going to cost the UFC a pretty penny to get it done.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White wants to book a super-fight pitting Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre vs. Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. The two have been publicly haggling over what weight the hypothetical match-up would be contested at but another consideration here is money.
And "Rush" reportedly wants a lot of it.
During the latest episode of The MMA Beat, Mike Straka dropped some news via "somebody close to St. Pierre" that the French-Canadian wants to get paid a significant amount of cash to battle the 185-pound king.
"I was told by somebody very close to Georges that Georges today makes close to $8 million a fight. So to fight Anderson Silva he's going to ask for $50 million."
I'm no mathematician nor an economist but I do know for a fact that that's a shit ton of money. Now how did that number come to be?
"Because he said that Georges has 10 fights left in his career at $8 million a fight. But he believes that Anderson could actually hurt him, could physically hurt him and end his career. So to take that chance he wants $50 million and that's exactly the number he's going to go to Dana White with."
That's some compellingly cold logic. "I'll take the fight but because he might kill my career, I want to be paid as though I never took the fight and went about my career as it was" makes sense here.
But it's still an absurdly high number.
The assumption could be that UFC would pay that much because the plan is to break every major gate record in history by holding the fight in a stadium, possibly Cowboys Stadium in Texas, where they can seat close to 100,000 fans. Combine that with the fact that the event would undoubtedly do gangbusters on pay-per-view (PPV) and there should be enough money to go around, right?
Of course, all this is assuming that Straka is on the money and St. Pierre is really asking for this much money. Let's assume that's the case; would you pay him that much to make this fight? Is he worth it?