Crazy expensive training camps are starting to become a more common occurance in today’s MMA landscape. Rampage Jackson blew my mind when he said he spent around 1 million dollars on his training camp with Rashad Evans. And now here’s Junior Dos Santos revealing he payed $100,000 to prepare for Cain Velasquez:
Before entering the UFC, for example, the fighter pay their coaches (Luiz Carlos Dorea and Yuri Carlton) with a percentage of his purse. Currently, in addition to new staff as a trainer and a nutritionist, Gypsy bears the costs of “exchange” of other athletes and teachers, which totaled $100 thousand in his last appearance in the Octagon.
“I brought people out to help in technical and physical preparation. I have to pay used to make food for the guys, stay well, give car. It is expensive, very expensive. I have my sponsors that give strength forever, but MMA does not yet give the ‘big money’ all that most people think.”
In an interview with Folha de São Paulo, Santa Catarina said that the figure quoted was used to provide infrastructure to coaches, trainers and sparring partners invited, as is the case of Ramon Lemos (BJJ), Josh Janousek (wrestling) and Billy Sheibe (muay Thai).
The cost was worth it, since Dos Santos took little over a minute to knock Velasquez out at UFC on Fox, held in November of last year, earning him a financial return of approximately $ 1 million (adding values of sponsorships, purse and win bonus).
Maybe … just maybe … the UFC isn’t paying you too little, you’re paying way too much for training. I don’t care how world class the help you’re getting is, $100k is a pretty damn high amount of money to be spending on a 3 month training camp. Giving your managers 100k because you were payed a million bucks and they get 10% is one thing. But if I’m Junior Dos Santos and I get a 100k bill for my training, I’m gonna be saying “Puta que pariu esta merda!”
Here’s hoping this article is talking Brazilian Reals instead of US dollars, that would put the cost down to a still high but not quite so insane $55,000 dollars.