“There Is No Way”: UFC Fans in Utter Disbelief as Chael Sonnen Discloses His Biggest Fight Purse

“There Is No Way”: UFC Fans in Utter Disbelief as Chael Sonnen Discloses His Biggest Fight Purse

Fighter pay is one of the biggest issues in mixed martial arts. There are many fighters who complain about not making as much as fighters from other combat sports, like boxers. However, retired fight and MMA analyst Chael Sonnen claims to have made a huge sum as his biggest fight purse.

Chael Sonnen was one of the best fighters to have never won a championship in any of the major MMA promotions. However, his trash-talking skills and the portrayal of a “heel” persona made him a fan favorite. His trash-talk has impressed even Conor McGregor. Moreover, Sonnen had some of the most memorable rivalries in UFC’s history.

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 16: Chael Sonnen weighs in during the UFC weigh-in inside TD Garden on August 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Moreover, he successfully transitioned into a fight analyzer, especially for the UFC. Chael Sonnen also has a growing YouTube channel that has over a million subscribers. He recently made an appearance on the ‘Flagrant’ podcast hosted by comedian Andrew Schulz. ‘The American gangster mentioned his biggest payday, which was a big surprise for many.


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Chael Sonnen made millions

‘The American Gangster’ claims to have made a big seven-figure sum in one of the biggest fight purses of his career against one of his biggest rivals, Anderson Silva. He said, “The most I’ve ever made was $8.8 million in one night.” Sonnen added, “$8.8 million the second time I fought Anderson Silva.” 

The former UFC star reiterated the instance when he told about this hefty payday to one of his friends. He said, “I told that story one time to a guy named Brian and Brian was a good friend of mine.” Sonnen added, “Brian told me that didn’t happen and then he broke down the math. He goes ‘here’s what the gate was and here’s what the pay-per-view was. They just couldn’t have done that.”

Nobody wanted to believe Sonnen’s claim of making $8.8 million dollars. Hence, Sonnen decided to stay quiet. “I said yeah. Just like that, backtracked and took it back.”

Fans react to Sonnen’s biggest payday claim

There were many fans who commented on Chael Sonnen’s claim of making $8.8 million dollars in one night. One user on Twitter talks about Sonnen’s weird relationship with telling the truth.

Chael and the truth have a weird relationship most of the time… so take this 8.8 number as you wish.

— Bridge (@Bridgegolf10) March 7, 2023

Another fan claims that the $8.8 million payday is a possibility since fighters, during that time, had sponsors of their own.

That was back when they could wear the sponsors on their shorts and shirts though and they’d hang the banner in their corners with sponsors and I know they made a lot of money from just that so 8.8 is believable

— Derek Green🥋 (@DerekGreen234) March 7, 2023

One Twitter user mentioned that the old owners of the UFC, along with UFC president Dana White, would splash a lot of money on their fighters. He also mentioned the instance when Daniel Cormier was on an underwhelming contract, and Dana White handed him a million-dollar cheque.

Gotta square this with the fact Dana and the other old owners would walk up and hand checks to guys. DC was on a crap contract and Dana once walked up to him with a million dollar check after a fight.

— Ben Inabinet (@ben_inabinet60) March 7, 2023

A UFC fan believes that only Conor McGregor can make such an amount of money, especially in his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The only UFC fighter I would believe earned 8.8M for a fight is Conor for the Khabib fight.

— Emma Haye’s Elite Blues (@MikeyR0996) March 7, 2023

There were a lot of fans who were skeptical of Sonnen’s claims.

Problem with this is you can never tell if Chael is lying or not, He’s always in character 😂 these numbers seem inflated for sure but I’m sure they both cashed out big.

— Josh Lillard (@JLillardd) March 7, 2023

One fan thinks that ‘The American Gangster’ never made $8.8 million in his entire UFC career.

There is no way he made that much during his career, never mind for one fight. Chael is good for a laugh, but you’d be smart to take everything he says with a grain of salt.

— David Everett (@pulpfictionbuff) March 8, 2023

Not saying $8.8M is true or not, but the PPV draws get paid a lot more than what is disclosed. That card did >$60MM revenue from gate and US PPV + whatever deals the UFC has to broadcast in other countries.

— ryan guthrie (@guppyfresh) March 7, 2023


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However, one fan claims that the details regarding revenues and the PPV draws are never properly disclosed to the public.

Chael Sonnen is known for his wild claims. Moreover, to draw a comparison, Francis Ngannou was offered a big money contract, which he rejected. Moreover, the sum was rumored around $8 million and people claimed that it would have made ‘The Predator’ the biggest heavyweight contract in history.


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