The title of this post pretty much sums up the Randy Couture press conference. Nothing too new came out of this conference except clarification on Randy’s compensation for his last two fights. Where our original Randy Math had Couture making $2.50 per PPV, Randy states he only got 500 grand on 500,000 PPV buys … $1 per PPV. That means he only made $750,000 on the books for his past two fights.
Couture added that after the Sylvia fight the UFC came and gave him an additional half a million dollars as a bonus. The fact that he wasn’t given a “locker room bonus” after the Gonzaga fight was apparently a big deal for Couture.
Oh, and that thing Sherdog was spreading around re: Randy not getting a % of PPV for the Gonzaga fight? Yeah … about that. Turns out he is getting a % of the PPV. He just hasn’t gotten it yet because it takes 90+ days for the PPV numbers to come in and be calculated. Congrats to Sherdog for their selective fact reporting, you guys are awesome.
Over and over he said it wasn’t about money, but over and over Randy kept on using examples where it was about money. I can see how money and respect are tied together … if the UFC respected Randy, they would treat him like a superstar and cover whatever he wants. On the other hand, leaving the UFC because they “didn’t do the small things” like give him extra tickets would be retarded. So rationally, it was the big stuff like the lack of bonus after the Gonzaga fight. And that means it WAS about the money.
Couture’s press conference did serve an important purpose though. Even though his claim that it’s “not about the money” rang more hollow than ever, his claim that he’s being underpaid seems pretty valid now. The fact that he presented all his issues to UFC management two weeks before his resignation and nothing was done is pretty damning too. Finally, he made it clear that he would rather resign and simply make his reasons clear than stick around and create a huge stink. Which is classy in it’s own way, and definately a POV I hadn’t considered before.