Ferguson not paid $250K show money for UFC 209

March 8, 2017

In an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour this past Monday, Tony Ferguson sounded dejected and indicated that he had yet to receive his show money of $250,000 as disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  It appears he’s still waiting for it.

MMA Junkie reports that Ferguson received less than half his contracted UFC 209 show money.

Ferguson was to face Khabib Nurmogomenov in a battle for the interim lightweight title.  However, Khabib faced issues with the weight cut and pulled out of the fight on the Friday before the fight.

Ferguson still weighed in and made weight for the fight.  So, he did everything right.

Word got out that Michael Johnson was offered up to Ferguson but he would not be paid as much as his bout agreement with Khabib.  It made sense to pass from a business perspective as there was more to lose than to gain.

The latest now is that Ferguson received “less than half” the disclosed $250,000 show purse.  Ferguson noted that he spent more on training expenses due to the magnitude of the fight.  He now is upset with the company.  A UFC official told MMA Junkie that Ferguson was aware of what he would be paid after the bout was canceled.  Thus, the pay should have been known to Ferguson.

Payout Perspective:

This is one of the horrible parts of the business side of fighting.  The UFC valued Ferguson based upon the interim title fight with Khabib and thus his pay was increased to reflect this.  Once the fight was off, the pay decreased.  Unfortunately, this means that there was nothing in the contract which made assurances or guarantees to Ferguson that he would be paid show money if the fight did not take place.  It would seem that making weight would be contractual and there would be repercussions or alternatives is a fighter does not make weight.  Yet, looking at boxing and a standard boxing bout agreement between Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin (a fight that did not take place due to issues related to drug testing), there are no clauses related to whether or not a fighter does not make the required weight.

This is bad PR for the UFC as the least it could do was to compensate Ferguson for holding up his end of the fight.  Yet, it appears that there’s nothing illegal about the UFC’s pay to Ferguson.

13 Responses to “Ferguson not paid $250K show money for UFC 209”

  1. Fight Fan on March 8th, 2017 3:28 PM

    Talk about cutting corners

  2. TOPS E on March 8th, 2017 5:39 PM

    Hahahaha…ferguson speaking out,joe rogan speaking out,woodley speaking out etc……revolution starting? Hahahaha

  3. TOPS E on March 8th, 2017 5:40 PM

    4 billion down hahahahahaha

  4. d on March 8th, 2017 7:17 PM

    Tops has been on the warpath lately. Must be angry that boxing can’t sell ppv’s anymore.


  5. TOPS E on March 8th, 2017 8:29 PM

    Hahahaha D’s long essays…frantic and hostile…then shortens it when you comment on how long it is hahahaha….dw saving every dime….4 B down

  6. TOPS E on March 8th, 2017 8:59 PM
  7. d on March 8th, 2017 9:25 PM

    He’s so up in arms, he continues to post unrelated videos of the article he’s posting under. Hahaha.

  8. Wil on March 9th, 2017 12:09 AM

    Tops, thanks for that link, good post. For the topic of this post however, I dont exactly see it as a scandal, the UFC of course at this point in time (and really as a business altogether) isnt going to willfully throw away money when it is not bound to it. It does however show where they are in terms of profit….and it should also be a warning. As Cruz said, its bad press and it just shows the compound issues with the UFC right now.

  9. d on March 9th, 2017 7:17 AM

    Hypothetically speaking, if he received over 100k for the fight(which I feel is safe to assume) for not even fighting or risking anything, that’s a pretty good deal. He is also clearly exaggerating about how much his camp cost. No one pays anywhere near that for a camp.

  10. Diego on March 9th, 2017 8:28 AM

    If you get $100k when you’re expecting at least $250k and maybe $500k and a title shot – that sucks. No way around it. Of course he’s going to be disappointed. But that’s the fight biz.

    To make it up to him, put him in against McGregor next – as if he had won the interim belt. That’s a big money (“red panties”) fight.

    Make Khabib fight another title eliminator (not sure against who) on the same card as punishment for missing weight. If he misses weight again, congratulations, he’s now a welterweight.

  11. TOPS E on March 9th, 2017 11:22 AM

    What does dw think of michael johnson offering him 1 day notice?

  12. Diego on March 10th, 2017 10:56 AM

    He think Michael Johnson is a professional prize fighter who will fight on late notice for the right price.

  13. turd on March 11th, 2017 2:32 PM

    ive said this before these guys who bought the ufc know nothing about running a fight company. also they are buried in debt

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