Salaries and contract terms for top mixed martial arts fighters are a closely guarded secret. The UFC, for example, keeps their contracts completely under wraps. No one knows exactly how much top fighters make—and that's just the way the promotion likes it.
With that in mind, you can imagine the excitement of hardcore MMA fans on the Underground, a popular message board, when a fighter contract surfaced recently. Member "ShoeMoney," who has shown an ability to access other confidential information, claims to have got his hands on a 2008 contract between Russian great Fedor Emelianenko and promoter M-1 Global.
I can't vouch for certain that this leaked contract is authentic. If it's fake, someone spent an awful lot of time translating 45 pages into Russian and English. My hunch, but it's only a hunch, is that this is the real deal.
I intend to treat it as such and explore some of the intricacies of a high level fighter's promotional contract. Ready to dive in?