August 11, 2014
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released salaries from Saturday night’s WSOF 12 which was held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Elvis Mutapcic topped the salary roster that totaled $95,500.
Luis Palomino: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
Lewis Gonzalez: $7,000
Ronny Markes: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Cully Butterfield: $3,000
Elvis Mutapcic: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Kelvin Tiller: $5,000
Brandon Hempleman: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Alexis Vila: $6,000
Matt Sayles: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Bryson Hansen: $2,000
Lucas Montoya: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Jimmy Spicuzza: $2,000
Danny Davis Jr. $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Jorge Lopez: $1,500
Adam Acquaviva: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Cody Maltais: $1,000
Bryson Gutches: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
Soslan Abanokov: $1,000
H/t: MMA Junkie
Luis Palomino received $18,000 for his KO of Lewis Gonzalez. Ronny Markes was the only other fighter to make 5 figures on Saturday. On another note, how many people knew that WSOF had a card on NBC Sports on Saturday night? On a night where it went unopposed to other MMA (although there was Metamoris and boxing), there was little buzz about the event.
July 26, 2014
MMA Junkie reports the official salaries released by the California State Athletic Commission for Saturday’s UFC on Fox 12. Robbie Lawler and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira are guaranteed 6 figure paydays for their fights.
Via MMA Junkie:
Matt Brown: $46,000 to show, $46,000 to win
Robbie Lawler: $105,000 to show, $105,000 to win
Anthony Johnson: $53,000 to show, $53,000 to win
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $114,000 to show, $74,000 to win
Dennis Bermudez: $24,000 to show, $24,000 to win
Clay Guida: $50,000 to show, $50,000 to win
Bobby Green: $21,000 to show, $21,000 to win
Josh Thomson: $85,000 to show, $13,000 to win
Daron Cruickshank: $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win
Jorge Masvidal: $42,000 to show, $42,000 to win
Patrick Cummins: $10,000 to show, $10,000 to win
Kyle Kingsbury: $15,000 to show, $15,000 to win
Tim Means: $10,000 to show, $10,000 to win
Hernani Perpetuo: $8,000 to show, $8,000 to win
Mike De La Torre: $8,000 to show, $8,000 to win
Brian Ortega: $8,000 to show, $8,000 to win
Akbarh Arreola: $8,000 to show, $8,000 to win
Tiago Trator: $8,000 to show, $8,000 to win
Gilbert Burns: $8,000 to show, $8,000 to win
Andreas Stahl: $8,000 to show, $8,000 to win
Juliana Carneiro Lima: $8,000 to show, $8,000 to win
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $8,000 to show, $8,000 to win
Noad Lahat: $8,000 to show, $8,000 to win
Steven Siler: $15,000 to show, $15,000 to win
As always, the disclosed payouts do not include undisclosed locker room bonuses and/or post-fight bonuses.
Interesting that Anthony Johnson could earn more than Matt Brown. Brown moves up another $5K in scale from his last fight in May ($41K to $45K). The same with Lawler ($100K base to $105K). On the other end, Patrick Cummins is getting a raise of $2K after winning his first fight in the UFC.
July 7, 2014
MMA Junkie reports the salaries for Sunday night’s TUF 19 Finale which was held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The TUF 19 coaches were the top earners for the night.
Via MMA Junkie:
Frankie Edgar: $260,000 (includes $130,000 bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $150,000
Corey Anderson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 bonus)
def. Matt Van Buren: $8,000
Eddie Gordon: $16,000 (includes $8,000 bonus)
def. Dhiego Lima: $8,000
Derrick Lewis: $20,000 (includes $10,000 bonus)
def. Guto Inocente: $8,000
Dustin Ortiz: $28,000 (includes $14,000 bonus)
def. Justin Scoggins: $12,000
Kevin Lee: $16,000 (includes $8,000 bonus)
def. Jesse Ronson: $8,000
Leandro Issa: $15,000 (includes $7,500 bonus)
def. Jumabieke Tuerxun: $8,000
Adriano Martins: $30,000 (includes $15,000 bonus)
def. Juan Manuel Puig: $8,000
Patrick Walsh: $16,000 (includes $8,000 bonus)
def. Daniel Spohn: $8,000
Sarah Moras: $18,000 (includes $8,000 bonus)*
def. Alexis Dufresne: $6,000* Dufresne was fined for not making weight and that portion went to Moras
Robert Drysdale: $16,000 (includes $8,000 bonus)
def. Keith Berish: $8,000
There’s nothing unexpected here as the TUF cast members and the other fighters on the card earned the minimum $8K and $8k to win (except Dufresne who did not make weight and was fined). $150K was the same amount BJ Penn made in his last fight against Rory MacDonald in December 2012. Edgar received a $10K bump from the $120K show money he made at UFC 162.
July 7, 2014
The TUF 19 Finale drew 6,500 for a gate of $835,000. The gate doubled that of the TUF 18 Finale which was held at the same venue. As is custom now, no comps were revealed.
Bonuses were $50,000 each and were as follows:
Fight of the Night: Leandro Issa – Jumabieke Tuerxun
Performances of the Night: Adriano Martins and Issa
Issa doubles up for his performance against Tuerxun. Martins scored a KO over Juan Manuel Puig to earn his bonus.
The TUF 19 Finale was aided by the fact that it was International Fight Week and there were ticket discounts for those that bought tickets to the UFC Fan Expo. It also helped that BJ Penn was on the card. The bonuses could have been given to the TUF winners Eddie Gordon and Corey Anderson. It’s ironic that the last two fights for TUF 19 were the two most exciting the whole season.
June 23, 2014
MMA Junkie reports the payouts from the World Series of Fighting 10 which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Branch and Jessica Aguilar ended up the top earners on Saturday night.
The $231,000 payroll was disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Via MMA Junkie:
David Branch: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Jesse Taylor: $9,000
Rick Glenn: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Georgi Karakhanyan: $20,000
Jessica Aguilar: $35,000 (includes $17,500 win bonus)
def. Emi Fujino: $6,000
Luiz Firmino: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Tyson Griffin: $8,000
Lance Palmer: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Nick LoBosco: $4,000
Derrick Mehmen: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Dave Huckaba: $8,000
Timur Valiev: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Adam Acquaviva: $1,000
Krasimir Mladenov: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Angel DeAnda: $4,000
Ashlee Evans-Smith: $6,200 (includes $3,000 win bonus)*
def. Marciea Allen: $800 (penalized for not making weight)
Jimmy Spicuzza: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Justin Jaynes: $1,000
A.J. Williams: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Tanner Cowan: $1,000
Modest payouts for WSOF fighters but that is standard at this point for the company. Allen was docked for not making weight and thus made only $800 instead of her scheduled $1,000. Branch was the highest paid on the card thanks to an $18K/$18K payday. Aguilar was second highest as she was at $17.5K/$17.5K. Hard times for Tyson Griffin as he made $25,500 in a loss at UFC 137 (and he gave up 20% of his purse for not making weight) and now made only $8,000 in a losing effort.
May 27, 2014
MMA Junkie reports the salaries for Saturday’s UFC 173. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,024,000 per the release by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Via MMA Junkie:
T.J. Dillashaw: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Renan Barao: $74,000
Daniel Cormier: $170,000 (includes $85,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Henderson: $100,000
Robbie Lawler: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Ellenberger: $68,000
Takeya Mizugaki: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Francisco Rivera: $15,000
James Krause: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jamie Varner: $17,000
Michael Chiesa: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Francisco Trinaldo: $12,000
Tony Ferguson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Katsunori Kikuno: $10,000
Chris Holdsworth: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Chico Camus: $12,000
Mitch Clarke: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Al Iaquinta: $14,000
Vinc Pichel: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Njokuani: $20,000
Sam Sicilia: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Aaron Phillips: $8,000
Jingliang Li: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. David Michaud: $8,000
Robbie Lawler was the top earner of the night based on the reported payouts with $100,000 base and another $100,000 win bonus. TJ Dillashaw earned a total of $136,000 with his two bonuses plus his $18,000 and $18,000 reported salary. Previously, Dillashaw made $14K and $14K. Daniel Cormier was also a big earner with $170,000 ($85K/$85K) for his work on Saturday. Hendo also pulled in $100,000 with his loss.
May 12, 2014
MMA Junkie reports the salaries from UFC Fight Night 40 this past Saturday. Main eventer Matt Brown topped the modest salary payroll of $680,000.
Via MMA Junkie:
Matt Brown: $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
def. Erick Silva: $22,000
Constantinos Philippou: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $28,000
Daron Cruickshank: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Erik Koch: $18,000
Neil Magny: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Means: $10,000
Soa Palelei: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Ruan Potts: $10,000
Chris Cariaso: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Louis Smolka: $10,000
Ed Herman: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Natal: $26,000
Kyoji Horiguchi: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Darrell Montague: $8,000
Zak Cummings: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Yan Cabral: $10,000
Johnny Eduardo: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Eddie Wineland: $21,000
Nik Lentz: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Manny Gamburyan: $25,000
Justin Salas: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Ben Wall: $8,000
Albert Tumenov: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Lapsley: $8,000
Brown had a great night as he made a reported total of $182,000 including the $100,000 in bonuses. Ed Herman also did well with $80K total Johnny Eduardo received a $50K bonus in addition to his $16K but was suspended 30 days for throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd in what has to be a UFC first.
April 23, 2014
MMA Junkie reports the salaries from this past Saturday’s UFC on Fox 11 from Orlando, Florida. The disclosed payroll released by the Florida State Boxing Commission was $974,000.
Via MMA Junkie:
Fabricio Werdum: $175,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Travis Browne: $50,000
Miesha Tate: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Liz Carmouche: $17,000
Donald Cerrone: $114,000 (includes $57,000 win bonus)
def. Edson Barboza: $29,000
Yoel Romero: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Tavares: $19,000
Khabib Nurmagomedov: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael dos Anjos: $21,000
Thiago Alves: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Seth Baczynski: $20,000
Jorge Masvidal: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Pat Healy: $25,000
Alex White: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Estevan Payan: $10,000
Caio Magalhaes: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Luke Zachrich: $8,000
Jordan Mein: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Hernani Perpetuo: $8,000
Dustin Ortiz: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ray Borg : $8,000
Mirsad Bektic: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Chas Skelly: $8,000
Derrick Lewis: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jack May: $8,000
Werdum’s last official reported salary was in February 2012 at UFC 143 when he earned a win over Roy Nelson and was paid $100,000 with no win bonus. Since then Werdum has received a $25,000 raise and a $50,000 win bonus. His opponent, Travis Browne received a nice raise as well. At UFC 168, he earned $28K/$28K for his win against Josh Barnett. Browne received $50,000 to show and presumably may have received another $50,000 for the win. No raise for Miesha Tate as she earned the same pay rate $28K/$28K for UFC 168.
April 16, 2014
Welcome to a special edition of Payout Perspective. This time we take a look at Pacquiao-Bradley II taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Pacquiao ousts Bradley
It was even until the middle rounds when Timothy Bradley began to fade and Manny Pacquiao poured it on. Bradley showboated a little and tried to feign he was not hurt by Pacquiao’s punches. Either he was going to be a genius or he was trying to lose. Even when Bradley invited Pacquiao into skirmishes and attempted to emulate the same strategy as Juan Manuel Marquez with his KO in December 2012, Pacquiao seemed to win them and/or evade the big shot.
Pacquiao now faces the winner of Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado on May 17th. Most fans would probably like to see Pacquiao-JMM 5 because of the built-in storylines. Their last battle drew 1.15 million PPV buys and would likely equal or eclipse that number.
Even though Pacquiao should face the JMM-Alvarado winner, the LA Times is reporting that the Pacquiao camp is lobbying for a shot at Mayweather. Will this happen? Don’t hold your breath. However, the bargaining leverage is all with Mayweather. Its Pacquiao with the reported money problems and he has been the one to concede the stricter drug testing and is willing to listen to a less than 50% split of a fight. So, does that put pressure on Mayweather, or is this paragraph wasted time? We have two different promotions and if you are Mayweather, only public perception would lead you to a fight with Pacquiao. Does Mayweather really care about the public?
Top Rank reported a sell out for the MGM Grand Garden Arena with 15,601 in attendance. The weigh-ins a day earlier were at capacity as well with approximately 4,500 witnessing Pacquiao and Bradley weigh in and flex for those in attendance.
On Tuesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced 14,099 tickets were sold for a total gate of $7.9 million. H/t: Steve Kim
— Steve Kim (@stevemaxboxing) April 15, 2014
The gate was approximately $7,865,100 which is the lowest in years for Pacquiao. The gate falls 24th on the list of top boxing gates for Nevada. Pacquiao-Hatton in 2009 received an $8.8 million gate (15,368 in attendance) comes right before Pacquiao-Bradley II.
It was reported that Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley would earn $6 million each. However, Bob Arum indicated that Pacquiao would make no less than $20 million. Both would receive PPV upside as well.
The undercard payouts are as follows via Bad Left Hook:
Ray Beltran ($85,000) vs Arash Usmanee ($80,000)
Khabib Allakhverdiev ($250,000) vs Jessie Vargas ($90,000)
and Bryan Vasquez ($55,000) vs Jose Felix Jr ($40,000)
Promotion of the Fight
As is custom with a big fight, Pacquiao made an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Bradley made an appearance on the NBA on TNT in which he was interviewed during a Laker game.
Top Rank Boxing also utilized its web site to hype the fight as well as livestream the weigh-ins.
The customary repeats of Bradley and Pacquiao’s greatest fights including their first encounter were shown on HBO and on the Audience network.
It’s notable that less showings of HBO’s 24/7 series occurred over the multiple networks owned by Time Warner. You may recall in past fights that the series could be seen on TNT, TBS and even CNN. This time around, there was little cross-pollination.
HBO added a special on-location, live pre-fight show the Thursday before the fight in addition to its usual 24/7 shows.
One thing that drew the ire of Bob Arum was the fact that the MGM Grand had signs for Floyd Mayweather’s May 3rd fight. The signs were more prominent than those of Pacquiao-Bradley II which was pointed out by Arum whenever he could. Indirectly, this likely upset sponsor Tecate, since Mayweather fights are sponsored by Corona. There’s obvious brand confusion ther. Mayweather has fought at the MGM 9 straight times and it appeared that the loyalty took precedence over the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch. It may also be due to the fact that Mayweather’s promotion has a contractual agreement to hype the fight at the MGM a certain time before the fight which may be the reason.
The sponsors for this event include Tecate, Smart Communications, the leading wireless services provider for the Philippines
Tecate had its usual PPV rebate offer for those purchasing its beer at selected retailers.
The newest and most visible sponsor was Sony with its PlayStation 4 platform receiving high visibility during the fight including trailers of the PS4 gaming experience. An example of this activation had PS4 running trailers in between fighter weigh-ins during the live stream on Top Rank’s web site.
Bradley wore a variety of hats to promote certain sponsors. During his NBA on TNT interview, he wore a SaxonyInvest.com hat. During the 24/7 series, he wore a Pocial hat which is a social networking web site that connects people through polls. I am not sure if this is a great way to brand yourself but certainly Bradley is getting paid for these advertisements.
Bradley is still sponsored by Nike and had custom “Desert Storm” gear for the fight. He also was sponsored by Lexani – a high end car wheel manufacturer. The shirt was on display at the weigh-ins.
Juan Diaz sported a Body Armor hat in the corner of Bradley during the fight.
Pacquiao’s cornermen must have received Mitshubishis as the Cerritos, California and South Coast Dealerships were plainly visible as patches on Buboy and others in Pacquiao’s corner.
Odds and Ends
An interesting takeaway from the 24/7 series is that Timothy’s wife, Monica Bradley, has taken over as his manager. According to the show, she brokered Bradley’s new deal with Top Rank including the financial terms for this fight. Bradley earned $6 million for his second fight with Pacquiao which is $1 million more than he earned in the first fight. It’s a big question as to whether or not it’s a good idea to have your spouse represent you. Negotiations can get heated and while it’s easier to grasp what your client wants, there may be an issue as to if you can separate yourself from the personal relationship.
Some may have noticed that Freddie Roach wore an Under Armour shirt at weigh-ins. It seemed a bit odd considering that Pacquiao is sponsored by Nike and has worn Pacquiao Nike gear in the past.
The LA Times had an interesting article on the enforcement of PPV fees on bars that intend to show fights. The charge is dependent on the size of the bar and the more seats in a bar, the more the bar has to pay. As an example, a 50 seat bar is charged $1,600 for showing the PPV, a 51-100 seat bar is charged $2,200. For those bars that may attempt to evade the fees, promoters employ enforcement that sues bars showing the PPV without paying. Zuffa employs similar enforcement to protect itself from piracy.
With this fight, it’s likely that Pacquiao solidifies his spot as PPV royalty as he moves closer to the second spot of all-time top PPV performers. Oscar de la Hoya currently owns second while Floyd Mayweather tops the list.
And yes, there was Pacquiao’s mother.
This fight had more storylines yet seemed to lack the hype or buzz of previous Pacquiao fights. Nevertheless, this is one of those fights that people will find and would be willing to pay the $70 to watch. Industry experts estimated the buy rate at 700,000 while Arum suggests a more optimistic buy rate of somewhere over 1 million. Their last fight was 890,000. Notwithstanding Pacquiao-Rios this past November, Manny is still a valued commodity in the boxing PPV landscape while Bradley is still an entertaining fighter on the rise. We may just throw out that fight in Macau as an anomaly. Perhaps I may be just bullish on Pacquiao and refuse to see the writing on the wall, but I believe that this fight will do better than their first fight and hit 1 million PPV buys.
April 9, 2014
MMA Fighting reports that Nick Diaz will not fight in the UFC unless he receives a title shot and/or a substantial pay raise. This comes just a day after his brother Nate spoke out about his own pay.
First, Nick Diaz was offered a fight with Hector Lombard according to Dana White at a UFC press conference on Wednesday. Diaz told MMA Fighting that he would not consider a non-title fight “for less than $500,000.” In the alternative, he would want a chance at Johny Hendricks for the title. One would assume that a Hendricks fight would mean a big payday as well. Nick Diaz’s last reported payout was at UFC 143 where he made $200,000 in a loss to Carlos Condit. No salary was officially released for his UFC 158 fight with Georges St. Pierre although we might conclude he made a similar amount.
On Tuesday, Nate Diaz spoke out about his current salary with the UFC. He stated that he was making $60,000 and $60,000 ($60 to show up and fight and another $60K if he won). It’s interesting to note that Nate Diaz’s last fight at TUF Finale 18 on November 13, 2013 he made $15,000 (show) and $15,000(win) (for a total of just $30,000). Previously, Nate Diaz had been making $50,000 just to show. White had nothing to say Wednesday about the younger Diaz that would suggest he would give him a raise.
The Diaz brothers at their best? Or worst? Voicing displeasure about pay in the media is not new to sports. One might think that the Gilbert Melendez contract has both Diaz Brothers wanting the same or similar deal. Based on his last appearance at UFC 158, the UFC might want Nick more than Nate based on Nick being able to sell (whether knowingly or not) a fight. As White pointed out, Nate had opportunities but some key losses (Bendo, Josh Thomson) have prevented him from making more money.
If the Diaz brothers signed contracts, its hard to argue that they deserve more money. If they were free agents, it would be standard that a fighter would want to negotiate for more money. Or, if the fighter was on a big win streak could there be some leverage. Although he won 3 in a row in 2011, he has lost 2 out of the last 3 since including a title fight against Benson Henderson. Nick Diaz has lost his last two fights since beating BJ Penn at UFC 137. Its hard to advocate for raises on losing streaks.
Should the UFC appease the Diaz brothers?