GSP will fight Anderson Silva for 50 mil’?

According to a well-respected MMA journalist, Mike Straka, UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will demand no less than 50 million dollars to get inside the Octagon with Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Such number would without a doubt make Georges St. Pierre the highest earner (per fight) in combat sports history, and perhaps one of the highest earners in sports history as a whole.

Straka appeared on MMAFighting.com‘s MMA Beatdown show, alongside Luke Thomas, Ariel Helwani, and Chuck Mindenhall.

Here’s the quote (via Vendetta Fighter) from the panel discussion at 3:30 minute mark of the video:

“I was told by somebody very close to Georges; that Georges today, makes close to eight million dollars a fight.

So to fight Anderson Silva, he’s going to ask for fifty million dollars. Five-zero, because he said that Georges has ten fights left in his career, at eight million a fight.

But he believes that Anderson could actually hurt him, could physically hurt him and end his career. So to take that chance he wants fifty million dollars, and that’s exactly the number he’s going to go to Dana White with”

So as you can see, the talk around GSP’s proposed superfight with Anderson Silva goes into a fifth gear. The French-Canadian champion is yet to make his decisions, as fans and experts alike are becoming skeptical that this fight will come into fruition. It becomes clear that St. Pierre is more interested in fighting Nick Diaz, while Anderson Silva is not really excited to have Jon Jones as a superfight alternative to GSP. One way or another, 2013 promises to be a very interesting year in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

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45 Comments

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    Brasil

    December 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    In other words: I want nothing to do with Silva

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    UnderdogGreatness

    December 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    “I was told by somebody very close to Georges; that Georges today, makes close to eight million dollars a fight.

    So to fight Anderson Silva, he’s going to ask for fifty million dollars. Five-zero, because he said that Georges has ten fights left in his career, at eight million a fight.

    But he believes that Anderson could actually hurt him, could physically hurt him and end his career. So to take that chance he wants fifty million dollars, and that’s exactly the number he’s going to go to Dana White with”

    Priceless :)

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    greeneyeleo

    December 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    This is SO freaking dumb. GSP wouldn't get hurt at all. Silva would just toy with him for a round or two then just knock him out softly with that Jedi accuracy of his. Silva never goes over the top like Hendo dropping a second H-bomb on guys who are already KO'd, giving them "zombie arms." Silva is a true sportsman and does *just enough* to get the job done, while at the same time making it look like "Pro's vs. Joes."

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    godsofwararise

    December 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Mike Straka is full of crap. Even if a GSP-Silva fight were to do a million + ppv buys, the total revenue coming in to the UFC would be well under 50 million, even with a decent gate (ppv service providers get a decent cut of the 50 bucks you pay for each ppv). The idea GSP would get payed 50 million by the UFC is pure fantasy, especially as Anderson would then also demand a similar amount.

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      godsofwararise

      December 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Just to be clear, the number he quoted is ludicrous; even if GSP's representatives try to play tough in negotiating with the UFC, they're not going to start quoting some random, unrealistic figure. If you walked into a meeting with Dana and asked for 50 mil you'd be laughed out of the room.

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    UnderdogGreatness

    December 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I really hope Demian Maia gets a shot at the WW title as soon as possible.

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    KeithFarrell

    December 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Guys this is from an anonymous source.. from Mike Straka. Do not take this as fact

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    Brian Cox

    December 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I'd laughed when I watch heard that, today. 50 million to one fighter? When people make statements this ridiculous and I believe he's being serious, then you really have to wonder about the other things they say. I've never been nuts about this guy and I think he's here more as a result of business, than passion. He reminds me of an old-school, smug, sports journalist.

    50 million – LOL!

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    DJPlatinumUSA

    December 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    He sounds like Dr. Evil asking for that kind of money.

    "50 MILLION DOLLARS! Muahahahahaha!!!!"

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    enjoylife321

    December 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    50 million for a guy who doesn't finish fights

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    sapo80

    December 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    they will not put any one that would force gsp to fight they will give him some one that he can lay and pray on. he is the face of the ufc.

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    Bruce Lee

    December 2, 2012 at 12:58 am

    They should make it 8 million but 50 million if you finish Silva.

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    Cookie77

    December 2, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I don't think this fight will happen.. In fact I would be more surprised if this fight did happen for less than 50 Million each and a Tiger for both of them…LOL

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    azzkika

    December 2, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Can anyone find any proof that GSP actually said these things? I know most commentators believe anything they read without engaging their puny minds first, especially when it helps cements their pathetic deluded realites of MMA personalities.

    It is all hearsay and journalistic exaggeration (sometimes pure bullshit) that takes a tiny sliver of nothing totally out of context and makes it into a big story. All of these claims are by someone "close" to GSP, not GSP himself. When you see GSP say them himself then fair enough.

    And btw, can anyone tell me the last time GSP fought at MW? Oh thats right he is a WW being called out by a MW chump who calls him out then refuses to go down. I say to Silva and his nut huggers, either go to who you challenge when you call someone out ot STFU. You DONT call someone out then expect to sit back and wait for them to come to you. I know lowkickers on here think differently but then most of you are WWE converts.

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      Kris-tyahn

      December 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

      I know right, hey I'm calling you out, but you need to be inconvenienced for this fight to happen, so that I can get what I WANT! GSP walks arounf 188lbs – Silva walks arounf 134, thats 46lbs diff, 4 inch height adv & a 3 inch reach adv, how is this fight remotely "fair"? Silva wlkas around at HW, while GSP walks around "MW" by 3 extra lbs. I've never heard of a champ ever call out someone in a lower weight & division & ask him to move up. Did BJ ask GSP to move down?!? No he moved up b/c thats where GSP fights. IF Silva wants the fight, he should move to WW or fight people his own size @ LHW, and not just 1 dimensional fighters with NO wrestling.

      Funny how Silva wants GSP to do something he himself has never done ….. move up in weight & fight the Champ. Silva moved up 3 times to fight "BUMS", but he wants a small WW to move up for the 1st time & fight the Champ?!? How about Silva do it 1st, and fight Jones, then he can challenge GSP. Must be some "tough" for Silva to call out a much smaller opponent, I mean the balls he must have, to do that.

      I could only imagine the -ve comments people would say about GSP if he were to challenge the LW champ. Yet we dont hear people calling out Silva for wanting to fight smaller opponents. Though, Silva is used to fighting smaller opponents, he's done it his entire career, not to mention the lack of talent he's fought, as well.

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    Krogan

    December 2, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Personally I can't stop being amazed that Anderson is actually calling out a guy in a lower weight class, talk about having no class. Imo the only way a super fight like this should happen is the way GSP vs BJ happened where the guy in the lower weight class calls out the champ in the higher weight class NEVER EVER THE OTHER WAY A FUCKING ROUND!!!!

    How would people react if GSP in order to avoid the Silva fight started calling out Benson? Yeah that is exactly what Silva is doing, calling out GSP to avoid Jones.

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    nickpeyon

    December 2, 2012 at 7:08 am

    50 mil??? I'll fight Anderson Silva for 1/2. It should be more than enough to take care of the hospital bills and for retirement

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    cranestyle

    December 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

    There have been, and probably will continue to be, statements made by parties "near" to GSP and Anderson. They could be sending out misinformation or taking positions in for the negotiations.

    But this statement by Straka strikes me as BS. Any deal the UFC would make would be based on a % of the PPV buys, I doubt they'd ever do a flat rate, even for a fight this big. And who knows that better than GSP?

    Also, the idea that GSP wants more money because he's afraid Silva "will retire him" sounds even less believable. Saying this would give your opponent a major advantage in mind games, and GSP isn't that dumb.

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    Evan Holober

    December 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

    To all the Anderson nuthuggers (UG, supertroll, etc.)- Anderson said just a month or two that he wanted half the company. These are negotiating tactics, one was quoted in a half joking fashion. One was quoted from an anonymous source.

    To the person who made a joke about finishing fights- De la Hoya, and Mayweather both make very close to this per fight (De la Hoya eclipsed it for the Mayweather fight). Check their finishing rates.

    To the personnel talking about this is the highest in combat sports history – After all revenue is counted Mayweather makes close to this per fight. Hell, he was going to offer Manny 40 to fight him, while he would have walked away with close to 60.

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    mokoko

    December 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    GSP is not getting 1 mil per fight.Someone made up this shitt

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    greeneyeleo

    December 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    All of this still begs the question: How on Earth are boxers still getting those huge paychecks?! I can't remember the last time (a.) I watched a boxing match from start to finish or (b.) I heard people talking about how they ordered a boxing PPV. Yes, boxing is an art with a long history, but seriously, how is that sport staying alive?

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      Evan Holober

      December 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Floyd Mayweather's PPV's average 1.5 million over the past couple of years. He usually charges up to 65-70 for HD for the fight. He takes away most of that, Golden Boy promotions takes some, and his opponents get a nice paycheck (Cotto got over 10, and Ortiz got the smallest check at 2 mill).

      PPVs for boxing still routinely beat MMA, and have actually killed MMA this year (on a show for show basis). However, they also do good numbers on HBO and Showtime.

      Boxing also is still hotly followed in Mexico, and in Europe (mostly because of fighters like Carl Froch, the Klitschkos, Mikkel Kessler, Felix Sturm, and others).

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    MereDictum

    December 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Two things,

    1st: Screw that noise.

    2nd: Mike Straka and "well-respected" are mutually exclusive . . . always.

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    rambo11

    December 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Silva will finish himm. George wrestling is comparable to Chaels and we all know who the better standup fighter is… Make it happen Dana

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