On Saturday night, Brock Lesnar will be earning a healthy payday for his highly-anticipated Octagon return.
The WWE Superstar, who is fighting in what WWE has called a “one-off” match for the UFC at their landmark UFC 200 event on pay-per-view on Saturday night, will be earning a $2.5 million purse, according to veteran fight reporter Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports.
Iole did not specify whether or not Lesnar’s deal calls for a percentage of the profits generated on pay-per-view, a perk he enjoyed while fighting for the UFC in the past. The UFC financial model for fighters also generally includes a number of undisclosed bonuses, so when all is said and done, Lesnar will likely earn well beyond the reported $2.5 million figure.
It’s also worth noting that because of the unique situation of an active contracted WWE performer fighting on a major UFC pay-per-view, UFC President Dana White noted that the deal, which was negotiated between himself on the UFC side and Vince McMahon and Triple H on the WWE side, will also call for some promotion for WWE on the actual UFC 200 pay-per-view broadcast.
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Brock Lesnar's purse tonight is $2.5 million
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 9, 2016