If there?s any reason for a fighter to fight, it is the fans. It?s not because we?re making millions of dollars, because we?re not. The fact of the matter is it?s the fans that really push us and spur us on. It is pretty much the only driving force right now (for me to want to fight again).
For me to train and get ready for a fight (at this point) doesn?t really make sense for me to give up the business opportunities I?ve got for 90 grand. I?ve got to pay my corner to go wherever I?m going, I?ve got to pay taxes on top of it, so by the end of the day you?re not making that much money.
My fight with Brock Lesnar (at UFC 87) was the fourth highest buy rate of 2008, 625,000 buys, and while that?s great for the UFC, I was literally making more money at 22 years old than I am with these guys, so I need to go and do some stuff that?s going to make sense for me in the long term.
I?m putting my body on the line, you can get hurt, and we don?t have health insurance. They have to pay for you by law if you get injured in the fight, but if you get injured before the fight, it?s how many months you?ve spent prior training for nothing. You go in, you?re sick, you don?t have a great performance, it sticks with you, and they?ll remind you of that as well. You?ve got your back against the wall every fight.
MMAWeekly: I know a lot of fans may see the success of the UFC and think that immediately translates to the fighters as well, but in truth it doesn?t really work like that.
I would love to fight again, but it?s got to fiscally make sense for me to take two or three months off to make 30,000 dollars after taxes and all that. Especially with fights I?ve been offered overseas, with the contract I have, I only get two airplane tickets and one hotel room. I?m a grown man, I?m not flying overseas and sharing a hotel room with three or four corner men when I?ve got to buy their tickets and pay for their food. It gets ridiculously expensive by that point.
He forgot to mention the bags of cash Dana hands him after each fight.