Thirteen more days until we witness the first improvised nuclear detonation held entirely within the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Frate Shane vs. Frate Trane will collide July 3rd and the only evidence that we may have at the end of the night will be a giant crater. Today, Shane Carwin made a post on his official website to dispel some financial rumors that have been floating around the ‘internets’ the past couple weeks. The first of which is that he’s not getting a cut of the PPV revenue (although the rumor is that Brock Lesnar will be getting a cut).
“As for the money side of things. I wont lie and say I wish I was getting a piece of this PPV. Of course I want that, so does every other fighter on the card that is not. I love to fight but I would love to fight for millions of dollars. Who wouldn’t want to be paid millions of dollars for doing what they love (aside from that girl in Twilight)? But, I am not fighting for the money. If I was I would have checked out of this sport LONG ago. This is not the NFL and there is no league minimums. You eat what you kill and that is all. I have a great team making sure that I have plenty of game to hunt. I am not dependent upon fighting Brock to cash out. I am making more off of being a fighter than I could ever have imagined. I regularly make calls to my manager thanking him for “changing my families life”. I have been blessed by MMA, most of the MMA media, the fans, and even the haters and for that I am forever grateful. For those of you reporting I am only making $50,000 for this fight and that is the reason behind my limiting media, please get your facts right it is $80,000 ($40 to show and $40 to win) plus you have to factor in my generous sponsors (THANKS) and the KO and FOTN bonus that will be awarded to me on July 3rd. I would have done it for less, I love competing and testing myself.”
Props to Carwin for already calling the KO and FOTN award which will probably have a tag of $50k each. If the planets are aligned on July 3rd, Shane Carwin may walk away from Las Vegas with a cool $180,000 pay day which, in the grand scheme of things, is still roughly ten percent of the $1,500,000 pay day Affliction Entertainment gave Andrei Arlovski for getting knocked out by Fedor at Affliction: Day of Reckoning. [Source]