When Conor McGregor was booted as the headlining act of UFC 200 opposite Nate Diaz, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) saved itself an estimated $10 million payday that was apparently headed the Irishman's way.
But now that ZUFFA has landed perhaps an even bigger shark in Brock Lesnar to take part in the historic pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is set to go down on July 9, 2016 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dana White and Co. will have to dish out major coin to the proven box office draw.
And it's a "boat load" of cash, according to Lesnar, who told ESPN's Hanna Storm that everybody is going to be cashing in come July.
"Big business. At the end of the day, I'm a prize fighter. I don't fight... listen, titles don't pay the bills. What pays the bills, I'm a prize fighter, I fight for money. It's no different, they are making money, I'm making money, everybody is making money. That's what this is all about. More importantly, it's not about the money to me. I have always said money is very important to me, but you can't step inside the Octagon just for the money. This is from the heart, this is in my heart and it just so happens that I'm making a boat load of money. I can't disclose, but there are lots of zeros behind it. I can't disclose that, why would I want to? I am not here to brag about that. I am here to state that I'm a prize fighter and everybody is making money. At the end of the day, this is going to be an exciting show for me, I'm honored to be a part of it and it's humbling to sit here and actually announce to the world. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders because I've been carrying this around. It's for real."
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Unlike Lesnar -- who was humble enough to not disclose what is sure to be an insane payday -- McGregor has no qualms in letting the world know that he's the highest paid fighter on the roster.
Brock's hefty check won't come easy, though, as he will be facing off against perhaps the hardest hitting heavyweight in the history of the sport in Mark Hunt (details here). Which proves that he isn't coming back for one night only to simply get an easy payday.