RDA tops UFC Fight Night 49 salaries

September 3, 2014

MMA Fighting reports the salaries from August’s UFC Fight Night 49.  Rafael dos Anjos topped the list as disclosed by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission.

The second dollar amount for the winners is their win purse. Via MMA Fighting:

Rafael dos Anjos ($38,000 + $38,000 = $76,000) def. Benson Henderson ($48,000)
Jordan Mein ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Mike Pyle ($51,000)
Thales Leites ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Francis Carmont ($30,000)
Max Holloway ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Clay Collard ($8,000)
James Vick ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Walmir Lazaro ($8,000)
Chas Skelly ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Tom Niinimaki ($10,000)
Neil Magny ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Alex Garcia ($12,000)
Beneil Dariush ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Tony Martin ($8,000)
Matt Hobar ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Aaron Philips ($8,000)
Ben Saunders ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Chris Heatherly ($8,000)
Wilson Reis ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Joby Sanchez ($8,000)

Payout Perspective:

Dos Anjos received a $6K salary raise from his fight in June.  Former champ Benson Henderson received a modest $3K bump in his show purse as well from UFC Fight Night 42.  It pales in comparison to his previous show and win purse as champ.  Mike Pyle made the second most on the card which is somewhat surprising.

Dillashaw tops UFC 177 salaries

September 2, 2014

MMA Junkie reports the salaries for UFC 177 as disclosed by the California State Athletic Commission.  T.J. Dillashaw was the top earner for the night with $150,000 ($50K to show, $50 to win and $50K performance bonus).

Via MMA Junkie:

T.J. Dillashaw: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Soto: $20,000

Tony Ferguson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $36,000

Bethe Correia: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Shayna Baszler: $8,000

Carlos Diego Ferreira: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ramsey Nijem: $18,000

Yancy Medeiros: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Damon Jackson: $8,000

Derek Brunson: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $28,000

Anthony Hamilton: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Ruan Potts: $10,000

Chris Wade: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Cain Carrizosa: $8,000

Payout Perspective:

Dillashaw’s base salary of $50,000 is a dramatic step up ($18K base plus $18K win = $36K) from UFC 173 when he took the title from Barao.  Dana White stated that Barao would not be paid for pulling out late.  At UFC 173, Barao had a base of $74,000.  Not only did Barao lose his title fight, he lost out on a nice payday.  It’s interesting to note that no other fighter had a show purse more than $22,000 (Brunson).

Elvis tops WSOF 12 salaries

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

Payout Perspective:

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.

Lawler, Lil’ Nog lead UFC on Fox 12 salaries

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.

Payout Perspective:

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.

Edgar and Penn top TUF 19 Finale salaries

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.

TUF 19 Finale

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

Payout Perspective:

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.

TUF 19 Finale attendance, gate and bonuses

July 7, 2014

MMA Junkie reports the attendance, gate and bonuses for Sunday’s TUF 19 Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.  The attendance and gate were the largest for any TUF Finale card.

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.

Payout Perspective:

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.

Branch, Aguilar top WSOF 10 payouts

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

Payout Perspective:

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.

Lawler, Cormier top UFC 173 salaries

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

Payout Perspective:

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.

Brown tops UFC Fight Night 40 salaries

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

Payout Perspective:

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.

UFC on Fox 11 salaries: Werdum on top

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

Payout Perspective:

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.

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