Around the time Fedor vs Dan Henderson had just been officially announced, word got out on how much money the fight was going to cost the UFC – 1.5 mil for Fedor and 800 grand for Hendo. Good for them! Or not so good, according to Five Ounces of Pain:
According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, Five Ounces of Pain has confirmed one of the core components of the matchmaking process in regards to their headlining bout on July 30 was the ability to sever professional ties with the loser based on the amount each earns in comparison to their perceived market value, as contracts are generally structured to allow for immediate release in the event of defeat.
AKA the loser of their fight can kiss their existing contract goodbye. Both Fedor and Hendo have pretty insane contracts with Strikeforce, so it’s kinda understandable. But it’d be pretty shitty for us to get so close to having Fedor in the UFC only to have the football pulled out from underneath us Charlie Brown style yet again.