“They’re making money, I’m making money, everybody’s making money. That’s what this is all about, but more importantly it’s not about the money to me. I’ve always said money’s very important to me, but you can’t step inside the Octagon just for the money. This is in my heart. This is from the heart and it just so happens I’m making a boatload of money… I can’t disclose. I mean there’s lots of zeroes behind it. I’m here to state that listen, I’m a prize fighter and everybody’s making money and at the end of the day this is an exciting show for me, I’m honored to be part of it. It’s humbling to sit here and actually announce to the world, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders because I’ve been carrying this around and yeah, it’s for real… I believe that in the WWE brand, I’m a legit athlete in that brand and I bring lots to the company. For me to get back in the Octagon legitimizes why the WWE has me in their company. It’s a win-win for all of us. It’s a win for me, it’s a win for WWE and it’s a win for the UFC.”
-Brock Lesnar talks to ESPN about the big money he’ll be making when he faces Mark Hunt at UFC 200 next month (transcribed by FoxSports.com).
Penick’s Analysis: Needle movers draw big bucks, and Lesnar’s been brought in to do just that on July 9. Given the explosion of interest and intrigue already in his return, he’s going to elevate the UFC 200 buyrate, and likely do so significantly. That’s deserving of every dollar he can get from them. It’s no different than Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, Georges St-Pierre, or any other top pay-per-view draw. If they’re bringing in the most money, they’re bringing home the biggest paycheck.
[Brock Lesnar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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