As for how much Diaz is making, there’s no firm numbers but of course there are always rumors and speculation:
There are a lot of numbers floating around when it comes to Diaz’s remuneration, although most are guesswork. MMA Junkie Radio presenters had an on-air conversation in which it was claimed Diaz is getting a $1 million purse and $2 [million] from each pay per view.
That sounds very high, particularly the pay per view rate, but the UFC desperately needs a contender for St. Pierre and someone that will give him a decent fight, so its possible they have paid a high price. The PPV cuts usually work on a sliding scale relevant to number of purchases though, so the $2 [million] amount will likely be the upper end of that.
If this is true, you’re seeing a serious jump in the front-end money fighters are making under Zuffa. The company usually pays a lower amount to the fighters and loads the contract up on pay per view cuts. For example, GSP only made 200k/200k at UFC 100 with the rest coming off whatever his cut of the PPV was. Now with Fedor and Hendo and Diaz we’re seeing guys getting 800k, 1 million, 1 million+ up front.
Now onto GSP, who’s finally commented with his thoughts on the fight:
“I’m excited because it’s been a long time he’s been talking about me, saying like he’s the best, he was saying I was avoiding him and stuff. But I never avoid anybody… Now it’s time to walk the walk. It’s going to be a good fight… For me, I don’t care about the other title. The title that means the most to me is UFC. It’s the most prestigious one. The UFC is (like) the NFL of football, the Stanley Cup of hockey. That’s the one that everyone’s wants to have. I don’t care about gaining the Strikeforce title. I’m a UFC guy and I want to stay in the UFC the rest of my career. That’s where I belong. Right now I’m champion. I don’t care about fighting for a title. I care about fighting the name and Nick Diaz, he’s the guy to beat right now. He’s the guy that a lot of people rank him even No. 1 so that’s why I want to fight him… I don’t know him as a person but he’s a very exciting guy to watch. I’m happy to fight him. He’s going to bring the best out of me, because he’s always putting on a good fight, going forward. It’s going to be a good fight for me.”
As for how Nick Diaz, a guy who’s had trouble in the past with strong wrestlers, thinks he can win:
“Nick is going to counter his wrestling with true black-belt jiu-jitsu, Gracie jiu-jitsu,” said Gracie, a member of the extended family that formed the grappling style known as Brazilian jiu-jitsu.