Pay-per-view (PPV) points can be a very lucrative part of a fighter’s deal if he or she can manage to negotiate them into a contract. While PPV points are usually reserved for champions, there are those who feel that luxury should be afforded to combatants who will draw in viewers.
Belt or not.
It’s a sentiment Derrick Lewis shares, as his much-anticipated heavyweight showdown against Francis Ngannou -- which is set to go down at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada — will definitely help the summer spectacle get more eyeballs. That said, “Black Beast” isn’t getting any extra change off PPV buys, though “The Predator” might.
He broke it all down on a recent edition of The MMA Hour:
“Even though we’re going to sell pay-per-views, we’re not going to get a piece of the pie, though. That’s what I don’t like about it. But I think they will give Francis a piece of the pie. There has to be a a negotiation reason why he didn’t (initially) sign the contract they tried to give him to fight me. I guess that’s why they were going back and forth. I guess he got what he wanted. If I were in his position, number one fighter and don’t have nothing to lose to fighting the guy who is ranked number six, as opposed to just sitting for the title; I’m sure he thinks he got them where he wanted. He can ask them for anything right now, he’s the number one guy. It’s just my opinion, how I feel. It’s something I would do, but I would not be a jerk about it. That’s the type of guy he is. I’m sure he was (being a jerk).”
For the record, Derrick revealed he asked for a share of the UFC 226 revenue but was ultimately met with crickets.
Of course, the Lewis vs. Ngannou scrap is getting third billing on the stacked card, as Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Light Heavyweight kingpin Daniel Cormier, as well as co-headliners Max Holloway and Brian Ortega, are getting the brighter spotlight.
Of those four combatants, it’s safe to say at least Stipe, “DC” and “Blessed” are getting extra change once the buys are tallied up given their champion status. That said, does anyone think it’s time UFC restructures certain non-champion deals if they can move the needle?