Cerrone comments on his UFC pay

June 19, 2016

In Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 89 post-fight press conference, Donald Cerrone sent a not-so-subtle jab about his pay.

In response to a question which listed his accolades, Cerrone stated, “According to my pay, I don’t mean sh*t to the UFC. But we’ll see. Maybe I’ll talk to [UFC president] Dana [White] after this and see if we can figure that out.” (via MMA Fighting).  Cerrone did make the statement with a smirk and laughed about it.  Of course, that does not mean he was kidding.

Cerrone stopped Patrick Cote in the third round of his fight last night which earned him a $50,000 bonus.

In February, Cerrone made $79K/$79K in addition to his $50K bonus, Reeebok payout and any other undisclosed bonuses.

Cerrone donned the Monster logo on his Reebok shorts and cowboy hat which likely means additional compensation added into his purse, win money, bonus and Reebok payout.

Prior to the Reebok deal, Cerrone commented that he would be losing out on $60,000 in outside sponsors.  He was fined late last year for violating the Reebok outfitting policy.  Cerrone has picked up a Monster deal.

Payout Perspective:

Cerrone is a UFC favorite for his willingness to take a fight at a moment’s notice.  Obviously, attaining fight bonuses means that his fighting style is appealing as well.  Should he be paid more?  Sure.  But how much more would the UFC be willing to pay is another question. If he’s in the middle of a contract, it would be hard to renegotiate at this point, but he could receive preferential paid opportunities outside of the Octagon.  As we noted, he has been outspoken about losing money from the Reebok deal and then was flagged for violating the terms of the policy.  Of course, maybe we are just overblowing the comments from a fighter that is always willing to find a payday.

McGregor makes Forbes’ annual “World’s Highest-Paid Athletes”

June 12, 2016

Forbes released its annual report on the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes from June 2015 to June 2016.  Conor McGregor is the first UFC fighter to make the top 100 list.

McGregor landed at number 85 on the list earning a total of $22 million.  His salary is reported at $q8 million while he made another $4 million in endorsements.

Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list with total pay of $88 million.  There was $56 million in salary and $32 million in endorsements.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. lost his top spot from the past couple years as with just one fight during the timeframe he earned $44 million for one night’s work this past September against Andre Berto.  Still, he was number 16 on the list.  Manny Pacquiao was number 63 as he earned $24 million for his May fight against Timothy Bradley, Jr.  Canelo Alvarez was 92nd with $21.5 million.  Canelo had 2 fights within the one year from June to June.

Payout Perspective:

McGregor had 3 fights from June 2015-June 2016 (Mendes, Aldo and Diaz).  This would average $6 million per fight.  The endorsement deals are interesting considering the UFC Outfitting Policy does not allow outside sponsors during fight week or event night.  McGregor has an individual Reebok deal and has worn a Monster patch during his fights.

Hendo’s $800K tops UFC 199 salaries

June 7, 2016

UFC 199 salaries were disclosed by the California State Athletic Commission. Dan Henderson topped the list of fighters earning $800,000.

Via MMA Junkie:

Michael Bisping: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Luke Rockhold: $250,000

Dominick Cruz: $350,000 (no win bonus)
def. Urijah Faber: $160,000

Max Holloway: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
def. Ricardo Lamas: $53,000

Dan Henderson: $800,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Hector Lombard: $53,000

Dustin Poirier: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Bobby Green: $24,000

Brian Ortega: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Clay Guida: $55,000

Beneil Dariush: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
def. James Vick: $23,000

Jessica Andrade: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Jessica Penne: $20,000

Alex Caceres: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Cole Miller: $33,000

Sean Strickland: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Breese: $19,000

Luis Henrique da Silva: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jonathan Wilson: $12,000

Kevin Casey: $15,000
vs. Elvis Mutapcic: $16,000

Polo Reyes: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: $10,000

Payout Perspective:

Reyes and Kim, the two lowest, reported paid fighters earned a Fight of the Night bonus.  Henderson’s $800,000 ($600,000 show, $200,000 win) is one of the highest-reported salaries for a UFC fighters.  His last official reported purse was at UFC 173 where he made $100,000 in a loss to Daniel Cormier.  Including the Cormier fight, he has gone 2-3 since then.  Aside from Conor McGregor’s purported salary, Anderson Silva has made $600K/$200K.  Also, Dominick Cruz earned $350,000 which is a considerable boost from winning the title this past January.  At UFC Fight Night 81, Cruz earned $110,000 ($55K/$55K).

UFC Fight Night 88 salaries

June 1, 2016

The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the salaries from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 88.

Via MMA Junkie:

Cody Garbrandt: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Thomas Almeida: $25,000

Jeremy Stephens: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Renan Barao: $50,000

Rick Story: $76,000 (includes $38,000 win bonus)
def. Tarec Saffiedine: $37,000

Chris Camozzi: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
def. Vitor Miranda: $18,000

Lorenz Larkin: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
def. Jorge Masvidal: $57,000

Paul Felder: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Burkman: $48,000

Sara McMann: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Jessica Eye: $25,000

Abel Trujillo: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Jordan Rinaldi: $10,000

Jake Collier: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Alberto Uda: $10,000

Erik Koch: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Campbell: $15,000

Bryan Caraway: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Aljamain Sterling: $30,000

Adam Milstead: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Chris De La Rocha: $10,000

Payout Perspective:

Jeremy Stephens earned $100,000 as he made $50K to show and another $50K win bonus.  The most notable salary was the $30K show for Aljamain Sterling who was thought to be a prized free agent but re-signed with the UFC.  He previously made $14K and $14K.  Thus, he slightly doubled his salary but was not given Sage Northcutt (i.e. $40K/$40K) money.   With the loss to Bryan Caraway, the momentum has stopped for now for The Funkmaster.

Davis tops Bellator 154 payouts

May 18, 2016

MMA Junkie reports salaries from this past Saturday’s Bellator 154.  Phil Davis earned the most out of the fighters on the card.

According to Junkie, the payroll, obtained from the California State Athletic Commission

Phil Davis: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Muhammed Lawal: $30,000

Saad Awad: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Evangelista Santos: $17,000

Josh San Diego: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Jeremiah Labiano: $2,500

Adam Piccolotti: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ray Wood: $6,000

Andre Fialho: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Reger: $4,000

Mark Dickman: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Thomas Diagne: $3,000

Jamielene Nievara: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Stephanie Frausto: $1,500

Joshua Hardwick: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Jorge Acosta: $2,500

Sam Spengler: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Doyle Childs: $1,000

Josh Paiva: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Steve Gruber: $1,000

Danasabe Mohammed: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Martin Sano: $2,000

Anthony Taylor: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Victor Jones: $1,000

Payout Perspective:

Essentially, Davis and Lawal had the same show money ($30K) with Davis earning the win bonus.  This is low compared to how much Davis earned in the UFC but perhaps he made the money back in sponsorships.  There were 6 fighters that made $2,000 or less on the card.

UFC 197 payouts: Jones, DJ top the list

April 26, 2016

The Nevada State Athletic Commission disclosed payouts for Saturday’s UFC 197.  Jon Jones topped the list earning $500,000.

Via MMA Junkie:

Jon Jones: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ovince Saint Preux: $55,000

Demetrious Johnson: $195,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Cejudo: $60,000

Edson Barboza: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Pettis: $80,000

Robert Whittaker: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Natal: $41,000

Yair Rodriguez: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Andre Fili: $18,000

Sergio Pettis: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Kelades: $12,000

Danny Roberts: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Dominique Steele: $12,000

Carla Esparza: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Juliana Lima: $14,000

James Vick: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Glaico Franca: $17,000

Walt Harris: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cody East: $10,000

Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Clint Hester: $12,000

Kevin Lee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Efrain Escudero: $18,000

Payout Perspective:

Notably, Jones made the same ($500K no bonus) for UFC 182.  Mighty Mouse inches up in pay as he last made $191K which included a $58K bonus.  This time around he improves by $6K receiving $195K and a $60K bonus.  Of course, he did receive a $50K bonus for his finish of Henry Cejudo so he made over $200K this time around.

Conor McGregor is not retired

April 21, 2016

Conor McGregor is not retired.  Despite a McGregor tweet earlier this week, he sent a Facebook post proclaiming he was not retired.  It all appears to be an impasse between the current Featherweight Champion and the UFC.

The impasse centers around the amount of promotion he was to do for UFC 200.  In the post, which appeared on McGregor’s Facebook page, he indicated he asked for some “leeway” with the media obligations but was denied.

McGregor noted the amount of money he made for the UFC in his last three fights:

I feel the $400million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway.
I am still ready to go for UFC 200.

Despite taking McGregor off of UFC 200, Dana White did not outright bury McGregor for not complying with media requests.  In fact, White said he was not mad at McGregor on Collin Cowherd’s FS1 show.  He also did not rule out his return to the UFC 200 card.

On Thursday, McGregor sent another tweet which appears aimed at the UFC and the posture that he is not going to give in.

Payout Perspective:

It’s clear that the two sides need each other.  Based on McGregor’s last three events, he realizes what an asset he is to the UFC.  July 9th is supposed to be the biggest event in the company’s history to date.  The UFC would like McGregor on the card.  At 27, McGregor’s career seems far from over and the UFC is the only company that can give him the money he believes he deserves.  We shall see what transpires in the coming days as to whether either side concedes.

Evans tops UFC on Fox 19 salaries

April 18, 2016

MMA Junkie reports the salaries from UFC on Fox 19 this past Saturday.  Glover Teixeira and Rashad Evans topped the roster.

The Florida State Boxing Commission released the disclosed payouts from this weekend’s fights.

Via MMA Junkie:

Glover Teixeira: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Rashad Evans: $150,000

Rose Namajunas: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus)
def. Tecia Torres: $20,000

Khabib Nurmagomedov: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Darrell Horcher: $12,000

Cub Swanson: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus)
def. Hacran Dias: $16,000

Michael Chiesa: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Beneil Dariush: $28,000

Raquel Pennington: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Bethe Correia: $25,000

Santiago Ponzinibbio: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Court McGee: $27,000

Michael Graves: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Randy Brown: $12,000

John Dodson: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Manny Gamburyan: $33,000

Cezar Ferreira: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Oluwale Bamgbose: $12,000

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Omari Akhmedov: $18,000

Payout Perspective:

Rashad’s last officially reported salary was at UFC 167 in November 2013 when he made $125K and $125K.  Notably, his show salary has gone up to $150,000.  Teixeira’s salary should continue to rise with this win.

Boxing payouts: Pacquiao – $7M, Bradley $4M

April 8, 2016

Manny Pacquiao will make at least $7 million and Timothy Bradley will make $4 million for their third fight coming this Saturday in Las Vegas.

Kevin Iole posted the purses for Saturday night’s event which will be on HBO PPV.

According to the Las Vegas Journal Review’s Steve Carp, Pacquiao will make $20 million including PPV.

36-year old Arthur Abraham will make $500,000 in his WBO Super Middleweight title defense against Gilberto Ramirez.  The challenger will make $150,000.

Payout Perspective:

Bradley will also make more than the reported $4 million as he will receive a share of the PPV revenue. The question will be how many people will pay $70 to watch this fight.  It appears that HBO has taken the foot off the gas when it comes to promoting this fight since Pacquiao’s controversial comments.  HBO issued a statement about Pacquiao and his comments about homosexuality.  Nike dropped Pacquiao.  There are less mainstream articles about this fight as opposed to Pacquiao’s previous fights taking place in Vegas.  We have not seen a 24/7 series and it seems that only the hardcore boxing fans are interested in this fight.  Would things have been different without Pacquiao’s comments?

Branch, Fitch top WSOF 30 salaries

April 5, 2016

MMA Junkie reports the salaries from WSOF 30 held this past weekend in Las Vegas.  The salary information was obtained from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

David Branch was the top earner making $130,000 ($65K/$65K).

Via MMA Junkie:

David Branch: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus)
def. Clifford Starks: $15,000

Jon Fitch: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Joao Zeferino: $15,000

Vinny Magalhaes: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Heun: $10,000

Abu Azaitar: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Davis Jr.: $3,000

Abubakar Nurmagomedov: $7,000 (includes $3,500 win bonus)
def. Matthew Frincu: $4,000

Rex Harris: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Clinton Williams: $4,000

Steve Kozola: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Church: $1,000

Adam Acquaviva: $4,200 (includes $2,000 win bonus)*
def. Andres Ponce: $800*

Zach Bunnell: $1,000 (includes $500 win bonus)
def. Jeff Roman: $500

Payout Perspective:

Notably, there was a wide range in payouts as Jeff Roman only made $500 in his loss to Zach Bunnell.  It was Roman’s 5th pro fight and first in the WSOF.  Similarly, Andres Ponce only made $600 (as $200 was forfeited for not making weight) in his 5th pro bout.  But, Branch earned 6 figures with his win bonus.  Jon Fitch earned $70,000 which was second-most on Saturday night.  While the top of the card made reasonable payouts, it’s clear that the WSOF payroll starting out is much less than the UFC or Bellator.

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