During a recent interview with ESPN, UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier once again spoke about his longtime rumored fight against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar falling through.
D.C. told ESPN’s Marc Ramondi, “I’m sure Brock couldn’t come to terms with the UFC, in terms of financial offer. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world of mixed martial arts right now in terms of pay-per-view. It’s not as straight forward as when Brock was there.”
Cormier was referencing the new model in the UFC, where you must purchase a subscription to ESPN+ for $4.99 per month just to be enabled to buy a particular individual pay-per-view for $50 or more per show.
As one would expect, this is having a huge affect on fighters like Lesnar, Conor McGregor and others who rely on making millions of dollars off of PPV participation in their UFC fights.
Cormier continued, “I think when Brock looked at the landscape of the sport, what they were offering him, Brock said, ‘I can make guaranteed money [in WWE].’ Not work as hard. He’d have to work his ass off [to fight me] and it’s probably gonna go the bad way. Whereas with the WWE, it’s usually determined in his favor.”
D.C. concluded, “So, as a businessman, I think Brock made the right decision.”
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) May 30, 2019