Payouts and updated ratings for UFC on Fox 5
December 12, 2012
MMA Mania reports updated ratings for Saturday’s UFC on Fox 5 which reveals it doing much better than originally reported. In addition, payouts for Saturday have been released with Shogun Rua and B.J. Penn leading the list.
The final numbers show that the UFC pulled 4.4 million viewers with the main event receiving an average of 5.7 million viewers. This is up from the overnight rating of 3.41 million. The final rating for UFC on Fox 5 was a 2.5 according to the Wrestling Observer.
MMA Junkie reports the salaries for Saturday:
Benson Henderson: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Nate Diaz: $50,000
Alexander Gustafsson: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Mauricio Rua: $175,000
Rory MacDonald: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $150,000
Matt Brown: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Swick: $48,000
Yves Edwards: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Jeremy Stephens: $24,000
Raphael Assuncao: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Easton: $14,000
Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Proctor: $8,000
Daron Cruickshank: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Martinez: $8,000
Abel Trujillo: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Marcus LeVesseur: $8,000
Dennis Siver: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
def. Nam Phan: $10,000
Scott Jorgensen: $41,000 (includes $20,500 win bonus)
def. John Albert: $10,000
The big rating for Saturday is great for the UFC. The job it has to do now is translate the big number into PPV buys. Can the UFC market Henderson, MacDonald and Gustaffson and groom them to become PPV stars?
As for the salaries, it’s interesting to note that Benson Henderson had a base of $39,000 while Nate Diaz made $50,000 with a likely $50,000 win bonus. Also, B.J. Penn made three times more than Rory MacDonald and Shogun Rua almost made three times more than Alexander Gustaffson.