Fedor Emelianenko Reportedly Guaranteed $2.5 Million From New Promotion

Published on September 25th, 2015 8:54 pm EST

Earlier this month, Fedor Emelianenko surprised many when he walked out during a Bellator broadcast and revealed that he would be fighting on a New Year's Eve card in Japan. Instead of signing with the UFC, which is what many people were expecting, Fedor decided to join forces with former PRIDE FC boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara and his new mixed martial arts promotion. The New Year's Eve card will be broadcast on Spike TV in the United States and will feature some of the fighters from Bellator's roster.

It was assumed that the unretiring Fedor would be commanding a very pretty penny to return to the world of mixed martial arts. Would the UFC give Fedor enough money to entice him to their promotion? After all, the two sides have negotiated in the past, with UFC President Dana White saying that the two sides fell out over money and co-promotion rights both times.

In the end, Fedor was able to command a very large payday from Nobuyuki Sakakibara and his new promotion.

Just how large?

According to reports, Fedor has signed a two-fight contract that will guarantee him a minimum payday of $2.5 million per fight. Regardless of how well the card does, Fedor is in line to earn $5 million over the course of a single year.

While there is no doubt that the UFC offered Fedor a nice deal, their offer likely contained a decent base salary ($500,000, perhaps) and the promise of PPV points. The offer from Sakakibara, on the other hand, contained a large enough guarantee that Fedor and his team just couldn't turn down. In addition, Fedor will get to fight in Japan once again, plus he gets to stay away from a promotion that has badmouthed him in the past.

At the end of the day, the deal is win/win for Fedor. The Heavyweight GOAT (Greatest of All Time) gets to pad his pockets for his retirement, plus he always has the option of fighting in the UFC after this deal expires, as he will still be less than 40 years of age.

The UFC, on the other hand, gets to wonder yet again what life would be like if they finally got Fedor into their organization.

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