January 22, 2017
Tito Ortiz made $300,000 in his final fight of his MMA career at Bellator 170 Saturday night. Ortiz defeated Chael Sonnen in the first round of the main event.
Sonnen made $50,000 for his part in the main event.
The California State Athletic Commission disclosed the following payouts for Saturday’s event (via MMA Junkie):
ito Ortiz: $300,000 (no win bonus)
def. Chael Sonnen: $50,000
Paul Daley: $50,000 (no win bonus)
def. Brennan Ward: $50,000
Hisaki Kato: $30,000 (includes no win bonus)
def. Ralek Gracie: $33,000
Emmanuel Sanchez: $40,000 (includes $20,00 win bonus)
def. Georgi Karakhanyan: $24,000
Derek Campos: $34,200 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Derek Anderson: $7,800
Jacob Rosales: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Ian Butler: $1,500
Mike Segura: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Tommy Aaron: $2,000
James Barnes: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Rob Gooch: $2,000
Curtis Millender: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Johnny Cisneros: $2,000
Colleen Schneider: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
def. Chrissie Daniels: $4,500
Henry Corrales: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Cody Bollinger: $2,500
Guilherme Vasconcelos: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. John Mercurio: $2,000
Keith Berry: $3,000
vs. Kevin Casey: $10,000
Alex Soto: $5,400 (includes $3,000 win bonus)*
def. Demarcus Brown: $2,300
Chinzo Machida: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jamar Ocampo: $1,500
Jalin Turner: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Gabriel Green: $2,000
Jack May: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Dave Cryer: $2,000
Daniel Rodriguez: $3,075 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Christian Gonzalez: $1,350*
It looks like Tito’s Bellator contract had him making $300,000 per fight if you look back at his other fights with the organization. His last fight in the UFC he earned $250,000. Unfortunately for Christian Gonzalez, he missed weight and had to forfeit a portion of his purse. He was one of the lowest paid fighters on the card which makes it worse. Notably, a pattern of top of the card Bellator fighters with no win bonus and others on the mid-card making a win bonus which is half their show money.
January 17, 2017
MMA Junkie reports the salaries for UFC Fight Night 103 on Sunday. The payouts, disclosed by Arizona Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts Commission, released the payouts totaling $841,000.
Via MMA Junkie:
Yair Rodriguez: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $150,000
Joe Lauzon: $116,000 (includes $58,000 win bonus)
def. Marcin Held: $20,000
Ben Saunders: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Court McGee: $35,000
Sergio Pettis: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. John Moraga: $28,000
Drakkar Klose: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Devin Powell: $10,000
Augusto Mendes: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Frankie Saenz: $20,000
Aleksei Oleinik: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Viktor Pesta: $10,000
Tony Martin: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Alex White: $14,000
Nina Ansaroff: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: $10,000
Walt Harris: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Chase Sherman: $10,000
Joachim Christensen: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Bojan Mihajlovic: $10,000
Cyril Asker: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Dmitrii Smoliakov: $10,000
Rodriguez equals Penn’s pay as he also received a Performance Bonus. $150,000 is the same amount Penn received in his last fight against Frankie Edgar in July 2014.
January 1, 2017
The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the full roster of payouts from Friday night’s UFC 207. The total reported pay for the UFC 207 was $4,683,000.
Via MMA Junkie:
Champ Amanda Nunes: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Ronda Rousey: $3 million
Champ Cody Garbrandt: $200,000
def. Dominick Cruz: $350,000
T.J. Dillashaw: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. John Lineker: $43,000
Dong Hyun Kim: $134,000 (includes $67,000 win bonus)
def. Tarec Saffiedine: $40,000
Ray Borg: $30,600+ (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Louis Smolka: $37,400+
Neil Magny: $114,000* (includes $47,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $80,000*
Antonio Carlos Junior: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Marvin Vettori: $12,000
Alex Garcia: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Pyle: $55,000
Niko Price: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Thatch: $22,000
Tim Means: $35,000 (no win bonus since fight ended in a no-contest)
vs. Alex Oliveira: $28,000 (no win bonus since fight ended in a no-contest)
As noted, by Junkie, Hendricks forfeited 20% of his purse ($20,000) for not making weight and Ray Borg forfeited 30% ($5,400) of his purse for not making weight. The percentages were based on the amount that they were over.
Rousey earned a bulk of the disclosed payout with her $3 million salary. It should be noted that Oliveira may want to appeal the decision not to award a win bonus due to the failure to interpret the rules correctly. Hendricks’ failure to make weight is another sign that he may have to recalibrate his training. He did look better in his fight with Magny but his issues with cutting weight a a continued problem.
December 30, 2016
Ronda Rousey will be making $3 million tonight as she returns to the Octagon at UFC 207. The purse was disclosed by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Brett Okamoto at ESPN reported a portion of the purses including the women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes. She will be making $100,000 to show and $100,000-win bonus. Okamoto also reports that Nunes will be receiving a PPV upside.
Per NSAC, Ronda Rousey’s disclosed fight purse tonight is $3 million. No win bonus. Amanda Nunes is $100k/$100k.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 31, 2016
Rousey is not receiving a bonus if she wins. She may also be receiving a PPV upside.
In addition, Dominick Cruz will be making $350,000 (no win bonus) in defending his bantamweight title. Cody Garbrandt will make $200,000 (no win bonus). T.J. Dillashaw will make $100,000 ($100,000 win bonus) and his opponent John Lineker will make $43,000 ($43,000 win bonus).
The $3 million is ties her with Conor McGregor for the highest-reported pay for a UFC fighter. Nunes made $100,000 at UFC 200, but no win bonus guarantee. Prior to that, she was made $28K/$28K at UFC 196. Thus, a huge step-up in pay for Nunes this year. The $350K is the same amount Cruz made at UFC 199 when he beat Urijah Faber. Garbrandt made $27K and $27K for his win against Takeya Mizugaki.
December 20, 2016
After a prolonged wait, CM Punk made his professional MMA debut at UFC 203 in September 2016. Punk took on Mickey Gall in a one-sided match which saw Punk do nothing until he tapped to a rear-naked choke.
While there was a UFC title defense by heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, it was clear that Punk was the headliner. FS1 did a three-part documentary on Punk’s transformation from WWE performer to MMA fighter at the age of 37. He was also a prominent figure on the Embedded episodes leading up to the PPV.
Punk earned $500,000 for his debut fight which was the same amount made by James Toney in his unsuccessful MMA debut against Randy Couture. Punk proved his payout as the PPV buys for UFC 203 were up from a normal PPV rate: 425K-475K PPV buys.
The Punk experiment was backed by the UFC. He was one of the first fighters to train at EXOS. He had a three-part FS1 series leading up to UFC 203 which documented his training. The investment in Punk paid off even if he did not do well against Gall. The PPV drew more than the typical UFC buy rate baseline. While the fans in Cleveland were behind Miocic, he was not the PPV needle mover, it was Punk. One might infer from the buy rate that Punk had a great WWE following.
It will be interesting to see if Punk returns to fight in MMA, whether it is in the UFC or elsewhere. On another note, will Punk speak out about fighters organizing. Surprisingly, he’s not come out with a statement about the possibility. For someone that hated the WWE, he has been mum about what he thinks about fighters organizing in the UFC.
December 18, 2016
Urijah Faber led the roster of fighters in reported disclosed pay at UFC on Fox 22 Saturday night. In his last fight, Faber registered $320,000 for his win over Brad Pickett.
The payouts were released by the California Athletic Commission. Other notable payouts include Paige VanZant making $43,000 to show (and likely $43,000 if she won), Michelle Waterson earning $30,000 ($15K/$15K) and Sage Northcutt earning $60,000 for his losing effort against Mickey Gall. Gall earned $20k/$20K for his fight against Northcutt.
Via MMA Junkie:
Michelle Waterson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Paige VanZant: $43,000
Mickey Gall: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Sage Northcutt: $60,000
Urijah Faber: $320,000 (includes $160,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Pickett: $40,000
Alan Jouban: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Perry: $14,000
Paul Craig: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Luis Henrique da Silva: $14,000
Mizuto Hirota: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Cole Miller: $33,000
Colby Covington: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Bryan Barberena: $20,000
Alex Morono: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. James Moontasri: $16,000
Josh Emmett: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Scott Holtzman: $17,000
Leslie Smith: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Irene Aldana: $12,000
Eddie Wineland: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $39,000
Hector Sandoval: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Fredy Serrano: $12,000
Sultan Aliev: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Bojan Velickovic: $12,000
We shouldn’t be surprised with the pay of PVZ or Sage. Regardless of what you think of their talents at this point, both are considered draws by the company. PVZ was coming off of a win over Bec Rawlings and her fame from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Sage won at UFC 200 (where he earned $50K/$50K). Faber was coming off of a loss at UFC 203 and earned $160,000 in that fight. So, his payout here was the same as it was this past September.
December 5, 2016
MMA Junkie reports the TUF 24 Finale payouts from Saturday’s event from The Palms. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson led the payouts as disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The disclosed total payout was $1,242,000. Johnson earned $350,000 with no win bonus.
Champ Demetrious Johnson: $350,000 (no win bonus)
def. Tim Elliott: $100,000
Joseph Benavidez: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Cejudo: $50,000
Jorge Masvidal: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Ellenberger: $78,000
Jared Cannonier: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Ion Cutelaba: $12,000
Sara McMann: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Alexis Davis: $27,000
Brandon Moreno: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Ryan Benoit: $15,000
Ryan Hall: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Gray Maynard: $51,000
Rob Font: $33,000 (includes $16,500 win bonus)
def. Matt Schnell: $10,000
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan O’Reilly: $12,000
Jamie Moyle: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Kailin Curran: $20,000
Anthony Smith: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Elvis Mutapcic: $16,000
Devin Clark: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Stansbury: $12,000
A nice raise in payment for Johnson who made a show purse of $135,000 at UFC 197. He made $60,000 as a win bonus against Henry Cejudo this past April for a total of $195,000. The $350,000 matches that made by bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in his last title defense at UFC 199. The $350,000 is still less than the $500,000 made by champs like Daniel Cormier and Robbie Lawler (when he held the title). Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic made $600,000 for his last title defense in September. Of course, it’s not even close to Conor McGregor’s purse. Tim Elliott likely made the most out of any TUF winner in their first fight outside of the show with $100,000 to fight the champ.
October 5, 2016
MMA Junkie reports the salaries from UFC Fight Night 96. The official payouts were disclosed by the Oregon State Athletic Commission.
Via MMA Junkie:
John Lineker: $72,000 (Lineker forfeited 20 percent of his original $40,000 show money to Dodson for missing weight)
def. John Dodson: $38,000 (includes 8,000 from Lineker’s show money)
Alex Oliveira: $43,200 (includes $24,000 win bonus. Oliveira forfeited 20 percent of his original $24,000 show money to Brooks for missing weight)
def. Will Brooks: $57,800 (includes $4,800 from Oliveira’s show money)
Zak Ottow: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Burkman: $54,000
Brandon Moreno: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Louis Smolka: $32,000
Luis Henrique da Silva: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Joachim Christensen: $10,000
Andre Fili: $39,200 (includes $18,000 win bonus and $3,200 from Dias’ show money)
def. Hacran Dias: $12,800 (Dias forfeited 20 percent of his original $16,000 show money to Fili for missing weight)
Shamil Abdurakhimov: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Walt Harris: $12,000
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Keita Nakamura: $19,000
Nate Marquardt: $112,000 (includes $56,000 win bonus)
def. Tamdan McCrory: $15,000
Ion Cutelaba: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jonathan Wilson: $12,000
Curtis Blaydes: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cody East: $10,000
Ketlen Vieira: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Kelly Faszholz: $10,000
If not for missing weight, Lineker would have made $40K/$40K while his opponent, Dodson made $30K to show and likely another $30K win bonus. Interesting to note that Will Brooks is already making $53,000 to show. He made $50K/$50K in his UFC debut this past July at the TUF 23 Finale. For being a veteran, Nate Marquardt made the most with $112,000 not to mention his Reebok payout of $20,000.
September 19, 2016
Al Iaquinta is off of the UFC 205 card in New York due to a dispute over fighter pay according to FoxSports.com.
Iaquinta (7-2 in the UFC) was going to make $26,000 to show and the potential to double that with a win. In addition, he would receive $5,000 as part of the Reebok deal. Thus, without any unknown locker room bonuses, he would have made a low of $31,000 and a high of $59,000. According to the FoxSports.com report, the UFC has deemed him not eligible to receive a post-fight bonus due to infractions which included missing a fighter summit last year.
Iaquinta was scheduled to face Thiago Alves in the organization’s debut in New York. The native New Yorker decided to turn down his “dream fight” because of a contract dispute. According to Iaquinta, he signed a four-fight deal with the UFC prior to the Reebok deal. He stated that he made more from one sponsor in his previous fights than the $5,000 (the amount he would receive based on the number of fights with the company) he would make in his next fight.
Iaquinta has been out of action for over a year due to a knee injury.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Iaquinta stated that he is a real estate agent out of the Octagon. He also stated that he never signed the bout agreement as he would likely be fighting for free after paying taxes and his team. Iaquinta did not have nice things to say about Joe Silva who apparently was angered at Iaquinta for backing out of the bout due to money demands. Iaquinta learned of Silva’s comments through his manager.
Iaquinta has a legitimate issue with fighter pay but since he signed the contract with the company there’s not much he can do. If there’s anything that can be learned from this situation, it would be for fighters to learn about their worth and market value. Realistically, Iaquinta may have discovered that his worth is $26K and $26K. But, he could have made more in Bellator. This situation is another argument for a fighter association or union to assist lower-to-mid-level fighters.
September 12, 2016
MMA Fighting reports the salaries from this past weekend’s UFC 203. CM Punk led the list of fighter earnings with $500,000.
Punk would have received no win bonus if he had defeated Mickey Gall in his first professional fight. Gall made $15,000 and $15,000 for his 1st round submission of the former pro wrestler.
Making his first title defense in his hometown, Stipe Miocic earned $600,000 with no win bonus while his opponent, Alistair Overeem, earned $800,000.
Via MMA Fighting:
Stipe Miocic ($600,000 + no win bonus = $600,000) def. Alistair Overeem ($800,000)
Fabricio Werdum ($250,000 + $125,000 = $375,000) def. Travis Browne ($120,000)
Mickey Gall ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. CM Punk ($500,000)
Jimmie Rivera ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Urijah Faber ($160,000)
Jessica Andrade ($23,000 + $23,000 = $46,000) def. Joanne Calderwood ($25,000)
Bethe Correia ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Jessica Eye ($25,000)
Brad Tavares ($28,000 + $28,000 = $56,000) def. Caio Magalhaes ($20,000)
Nik Lentz ($38,000 + $38,000 = $76,000) def. Michael McBride ($12,000)
Drew Dober ($19,000 + $19,000 = $38,000) def. Jason Gonzales ($10,000)
Yancy Medeiros ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Sean Spencer ($17,000)
The $500,000 payout for Punk does not include any other ancillary money he might receive from the event. This amount will likely be criticized by fighters. Even those at the top of the pay scale would have to be surprised by this. Of course, there is precedence for Punk’s pay as James Toney made $500,000 in his fight with Randy Couture at UFC 118 back in August 2010. But, the $600,000 for Miocic shows that the champs are getting boosts in pay. Overeem getting paid more than the champ is likely due to his seniority with the company.