Demetrious Johnson Comments on PPV Points and Making Big Paydays
Posted by Larry Csonka on 01.10.2014
And what F-You money is…
- Demetrious Johnson recently spoke about MMA payouts and more. Here are the highlights…
On PPV Points: "I've talked to fighters in the past who've had pay-per-view points, and they'll fight on pay-per-view, and they won't reach their goal, so they won't get the pay-per-view points. I know I'm not a big name like Anderson Silva or [Georges St-Pierre]. That's why there are only a few guys that have that kind of thing. "I'd rather take the money up front than wager a bet."
On His Payouts: "(But) you've got to think, like, I come from a job where I used to make $10.76 an hour, and I would only net out, like, $20,000 a year or maybe $18,000 a year," Johnson said. "For me, I fight to take care of my family and be secure and to live. I'm only 27 years old, so I've still got a lot more years to climb the ladder. "Hopefully, I'll be able to make payouts like Jon Jones and GSP. But for right now, I've got to work my way up. I'm not the type of fighter who's going to complain, where you see fighters that come in the UFC and they're making [$3,000 to show and $3,000 as win bonus] and say, ‘Man, I can't do anything.' I started there. My first fight for the WEC, my payout was $3,000 and $3,000, and my MRI cost $3,000, and I lost the fight, and I still had to pay out my coaches. You've got to start somewhere."
On F-You Money: "I've always been curious what ‘F-you' money is, but I don't know what it is," Johnson joked. "I would just say $100 million. (But) the UFC takes care of me, my wife doesn't have to work, I don't have to work, and my son, he's good. I'm happy."