The contracts offered to Eddie Alvarez by the UFC and Bellator are now evidence in lawsuits, and that means the MMA media has gotten their sticky lil fingers all over them. Here’s MMA Fighting’s breakdown of the specifics in the UFC’s offer:
An “intent” to grant Alvarez an immediate title shot against UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in March
A tiered share of pay-per-view revenue, starting at “$1 for each ‘buy’ between 200,000 and 400,000 buys, $2 per buy between 400,000 and 600,000 buys, and $2.50 per buy over 600,000 buys.”
A starting salary of a $70,000/$70,000 show/win split, which includes $5,000 raises per win with a cap at $210,000
A $250,000 signing bonus
A guaranteed booking on a UFC on FOX card
Three “commentator” appearances on UFC-branded media
The two huge differences between the UFC’s contract and Bellator’s ‘identical’ contract? An immediate title shot and a cut of the UFC’s shweet shweet pay per view moolah. While Bellator may have promised Eddie the same cut, the fact remains that they have never held a pay per view event since the company started in 2008. add the fact that only one other company in the history of mixed martial arts has cracked 100,000 buys and you’ve got an offer that is cynically designed to ‘match’ the UFC’s offer without coming anywhere close to actually matching it.