Morning Report: Joe Rogan names Georges St-Pierre as the UFC's $5 million man


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After UFC president Dana White revealed last year that the promotion's largest single payout was $5 million, we were left to speculate as to the unnamed fighter's identity. A short list that includes names like Brock Lesnar and Chuck Liddell, it seems the record setting payday went to former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

Speaking with heavyweight Brendan Schaub on the subject of fighter pay, UFC commentator Joe Rogan named St-Pierre as the UFC's top earner.

"When you look at pay, there's a pay that's listed as far as the purse you get after the fight," said Rogan. "That doesn't take into account a lot of factors. There's a lot of things they want to remain private. You're not just getting paid that amount. Some people are. But when a guy is selling tickets, a big name fighter, there's a lot of factors in there. Incentives, pieces of Pay Per View. Georges St-Pierre was making $5 million a fight.

"He's making a lot of f***ing money. He's got sponsors, Gatorade, all this other stuff. Other revenue coming in. Georges St-Pierre made a f**k load of money fighting."

The numbers would seem to correspond with a 2013 report from Forbes. Last year the business magazine reported GSP's annual income at $12 million, $9 million of which he earned through fighting. The former champ also holds multi-year, seven-figure endorsement deals with apparel brand Under Armour, MMA equipment manufacturer Hayaboosa and Coca-Cola.

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New Champion! BellatorMMA117 FULL Rundown

Last week's Bellator event saw tons of exciting fights and lots of finishes. Lets hope this one is no different.

Coming at you from the Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States on April 14, 2014 is BellatorMMA 117.A New champion will be crowned that night. Here's a breakdown of what to expect.

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Douglas Lima (25-5-0) vs Rick Hawn (18-2-0) - Douglas Lima has been on a tear scoring 4 straight KO victories since his loss to former WW champ Ben Askren. He will finally get another shot at the gold when he faces fellow Bellator WW tournament winner Rick "Genghis" Hawn who is on a 4 fight win streak himself (2 Ko's , 2 decisions) with the same goal in mind. Rick's best chance here is to use his Olympic judoka background and press Lima against the cage, take him down and work from there, but against the likes of Lima that is a tough task. Lima is a huge WW who cut's down from 205. Even when Aksren got him down he was always attacking from bottom. I believe Lima will be able to stuff most of Hawns takedowns and light him up on the feet. Prediction: Lima 1st round KO

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