A superfight between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre seems to be all the fans want these days and president Dana White appears committed to making the fight happen.
While all parties involved are discussing the potential bout, Mike Straka revealed on The MMA Beat that a source close to St-Pierre told him the welterweight champion will be asking for an enormous amount of money to take the fight against Silva.
“I was told by somebody very close to Georges that Georges today makes close to $8 million a fight. So to fight Anderson Silva he’s going to ask for $50 million,” Straka said.
“Because he said that Georges has 10 fights left in his career at $8 million a fight. But he believes that Anderson could actually hurt him, could physically hurt him and end his career. So to take that chance he wants $50 million and that’s exactly the number he’s going to go to Dana White with.”
$50 million? Talk about a huge number.
It is easy to understand why St-Pierre would ask for such a large amount to face the man that many consider to be the top pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts. If GSP were to lose to Silva, it would hurt his career moving forward and could also deliver a significant blow to his future gains.
In order to take the fight against a significantly larger man, GSP wants to make sure he will receive the amount of financial compensation that he would moving forward without taking such a risk for the organization.
Many will criticize St-Pierre for asking for such a large amount of money, but as a business man, it’s something he needs to do.