One day after UFC president Dana White threw water on the fire that was a potential fight between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva; Silva released a video rant where he promised to visit all types of violence and injury upon Sonnen. During the five-minute diatribe, the only thing I could think about was something about actions and words.
Silva delivered a lot of words during his YouTube tirade. All pointed squarely in the direction of Sonnen. During his rant, which is accompanied by some ??hot? guitar licks, Silva spoke about his fans, broken noses, punching faces, cowardice, manliness, the infliction of pain, and butt faces.
Was Silva??s speech entertaining? Sure it was. Did it have a point? Yup, he??s no fan of Chael Sonnen. Did it clear up the fact that according to White, Silva turned down the fight? No, not in the least.
After a lot of arm waving, finger pointing and noodling guitar work, Silva opens the video by saying, ??I??m only waiting for the date and location. Because the people want this fight and I want this fight.?
According to White, Silva had both. White attempted to get Silva to sign on the dotted line to face Sonnen on November 16 in Las Vegas as the co-main event of UFC 167. Oddly, Silva turned down the fight. According to White, in a text message exchange with MMAFighting.com??s Ariel Helwani, ??[Silva] said he won’t fight him unless he gets PPV [points] so I guess he’s gonna retire.?
The message in that is clear, White was not offering pay-per-view points to a co-main event fighter that is not ranked in the top ten. That??s a very understandable stance from a business perspective. If White agrees to pay Silva PPV points as a co-main event fighter, that door will be open for all co-main event fighters to try and get that same deal. If the UFC awards PPV points to an unranked fighter, it will be very difficult to justify not awarding those points to ranked fighters in the future.
For those that are unfamiliar with how PPV points work, we can look at the contract that the UFC offered Eddie Alvarez. That deal, according to BleacherReport.com:
Fighter shall receive One dollar ($1.00) for each pay-per-view buy between 200,000 buys and 400,000 buys; and Two dollars ($2.00) for each pay-per-view buy between 400,000 buys and 600,000 buys; and Two dollars and Fifty Cents ($2.50) for each pay-per-view buy over 600,000 buys.
It should be noted that, according to the contract, those points are dependent on the fighter competing in a title fight as a defending UFC champion, that??s something that Silva is not.
The demand makes sense for Silva. Hey, why not try and get paid when you still can? At 37-years old, Silva??s fighting days are surely numbered. With that being said, if Silva expects White and the UFC to capitulate and set a precedent on this one, he??s going to be waiting for a very long time.
If you think Silva is doing this because he??s underpaid, well think again. Silva??s last reported take home pay was $200,000 for his UFC 139 win over Cung Le. Sonnen??s last reported take home salary was $50,000 for his UFC 148 loss to Anderson Silva. Neither of those salaries indicates undisclosed locker room bonuses.
Win or lose, points or no points, Silva??s paycheck is going to be pretty hefty if he faces Sonnen at UFC 167, and if he delivers as he promises in the video, I??m sure White will have no problem cutting him an off the record bonus check.
The date and location are hanging out there for Silva. It??s time for him to deliver actions to go along with his words.