BJ Penn explained the origin of humanity to us. Personally, I think any other Penn news that proceeds it gets a complimentary second place trophy. Word is the author of BJ Penn’s Why I fight, Dave Weintraub, was a former UFC employee that was promptly fired when Dana White got word that the book was going to be released. Maybe this was the excerpt that made Dana White’s brain implode inside his skull.
“K-1 was offering me $187,500 per fight – five times what the UFC was offering – and I was still willing to stay with them for one-third of that amount. This was when the relationship took a turn for the worse, and my view of White changed drastically. From that point on, I knew when it came to money, we couldn’t trust him to treat us right. Did I like him at the dinner table? Sure. But at the negotiating table? Not at all. The pressure to perform and safeguard other people’s money had changed him, even though he was constantly bragging to anyone willing to listen about how ‘big this thing was going to be.’ Things between us would never be the same.
When it was finally official I was going to fight in Japan, White called me up and told me his true feelings. ‘You [expletive] You’re [expletive] done! You’ll never fight in the UFC again! You’re finished. You’re scorched earth, [expletive]. Scorched earth. Don’t call me crying saying you want to come back because you’re [expletive] done!’ And on and on and on, like a true professional – even going so far as to tell me I would never see my face again in a UFC video, promotion, or anything else. He also planned on removing my fight with Hughes from the UFC 46 DVD so no one would even know who I was. ‘It doesn’t have to be this way,’ I told him. ‘You know it wouldn’t take that much to make this work.’ But he just kept yelling.”
Based on the number mentioned above, in BJ Penn’s two-year stint in Japan he made $5.62 million for three fights (C- average Math student ftw). Makes you wonder what Dan Henderson pulled down in his seventeen-fight Pride career.