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ESPN recently released a list of the highest paid athletes in 30 different sports. The top earner...

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ESPN recently released a list of the highest paid athletes in 30 different sports. The top earner on the MMA list, as expected, was former UFC champion Brock Lesnar. What was surprising was his paltry total of just $5.3 million. As the headliner of two major pay per views that did more than a million pay per view buys, Lesnar played a big part in creating more than $100 million of revenue. Comparatively, top boxer Manny Pacquiao took home $32 million for his two 2010 fights. He likely paid more in income tax than Lesnar made all year. Boxers have set the market price for combat sports athletes. MMA fighters with leverage take note.

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