This article serves as evidence that I never should have received a C- in my 8th grade math class.
With the help of Jonathan Snowden’s brilliant article on the true science of UFC contracts and Jeremy Botter’s work digging up Eddie Alvarez’s UFC contract, I’ve created a scenario in which Eddie Alvarez could have mad a cool seven-figures in his UFC debut. If Eddie Alvarez’s fight against Ben Henderson was broadcast on a PPV card, did 725,000 buys, and Eddie prevailed victorious — he could have pocketed more cash than you will ever hold at one moment, ever.
Granted, the last time a PPV exceeded 700k buys was UFC 158: GSP vs. Diaz. Before that, UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II gathered 925,000 and surprisingly UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans pulled in 700,000 PPV buys. Of course we’re not including revenue from sponsors or potential ‘Of The Night’ awards. Check out this graphic we made of snippets from Alvarez’s contract in which he could have earned over a million dollars in his UFC debut.
Oh, and we’re joking about Anderson Silva. That guy makes enough cash to buy a third-world country every time he steps in the Octagon.