UFC Pay-per-view Bonus Scale Goes Public

October 26, 2007

The bout agreement distributed by Randy Couture at yesterday’s press conference included the UFC’s pay-per-view bonus scale. A picture of the agreement can be found here. The bonus scale is as follows:

  • 100,000 – 175,000 buys – $1 per buy
  • 175,000 – 300,000 buys – $1.50 per buy
  • 300,000 – 330,000 buys – $2 per buy
  • 330,000 – plus buys – $3 per buy

Based on Couture’s stated belief that his fight with Tim Sylvia did roughly 520,000 buys, that would amount to a total contracted payout of $1,142,500, representing a $250,000 downside guarantee and a $892,500 pay-per-view bonus, in addition to a $500,000 locker room bonus check presented to Couture following the fight. It is believed that Couture has never earned more than $1.75 million for a fight.

Based on the bout agreement, in order for Kevin Iole’s reported figure of $3.25-3.75 million per fight, to be correct, Couture’s fights would need to draw 1,222,500 pay-per-view buys. The 520,000 buys for the Sylvia fight represents the largest buy rate Couture has ever drawn. Yahoo! Sports stands by its story and has noted that the bout agreement was unsigned.

While not confirmed, it is believed that this bonus structure is consistent across the board for the top fighters who receive pay-per-view bonuses.

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