Nevada Athletic Commission reports Pacquiao to make $10M, Thurman $2.5M

July 20, 2019

ESPN’s Dan Rafael reports the purses for the Pacquiao-Thurman fight taking place tonight in Las Vegas.  Despite the reported purses revealed by the Nevada Athletic Commission, the consensus is that both main event fighters will be receiving substantially more.

Via Rafael per NAC:

Manny Pacquiao: $10 million

Keith Thurman: $2.5 million


Omar Figueroa, Jr.:  $300,000

Yordenis Ugas:  $300,000


Sergey Lipinets: $250,000

Jayar Inson: $10,000 (as a late replacement, he will receive ‘thousands more’)


Luis Nery: $150,000

Juan Carlos Payano:  $25,000


Caleb Plant:  $750,000

Mike Lee:  $250,000


Efe Ajagba:  $15,000

Ali Eren Demirezen:  $15,000

Faber tops UFC Sacramento payouts

July 15, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained the salaries from this Saturday’s UFC event in Sacramento. The salaries for the event totaled $804,000.


Via California State Athletic Commission:

Benito Lopez $12,000/$12,000 = $24,000

Vince Morales $14,000


Livia Souza $12,000

Briana Van Buren $12,000/$12,000


Liu Pingyuan $14,000

Jonathan Martinez $14,000/$14,000 = $28,000


Darren Elkins $62,000

Ryan Hall $35,000/$35,000 = $70,000


Julianna Pena $40,000/$40,000

Nicco Montana $30,000


Andre Fili $40,000/$40,000

Sheymon da Silva Moraes $21,000


Michael Rodriguez $20,000

John Allen $12,000/$12,000 = $24,000


Marvin Vettori $20,000/$20,000 = $40,000

Cezar Ferreira $45,000


Karl Roberson $25,000/$25,000 = $50,000

Wellington Turman $12,000


Josh Emmert  $49,000/$49,000 = $98,000

Mirsad Bektic $38,000


Urijah Faber  $170,000/$170,000 = $340,000

Ricky Simon  $23,000


Germain de Randamie  $45,000/$45,0000 = $90,000

Aspen Ladd $35,000

Payout Perspective: 

A big payday for the returning “California Kid” with $340,000 plus his $50K fight bonus for his KO of Ricky Simon in the first round.  It does appear that the UFC has raised its minimum pay scale to $12,000 and $12,000 up from $10,000 and $10,000.

Champs Jones and Nunes top UFC 239 salaries

July 7, 2019

The Nevada Athletic Commission disclosed the salaries for Saturday’s UFC 239.  Jon Jones earned the most guaranteed of the night but Amanda Nunes ended up topping the roster.

With her win bonus and Performance bonus, Nunes drew $550,000.  Jones earned $500,000 with no win bonus and challenger, Thiago Santos, earned $350,000.

As compiled by MMA Junkie:

  • Champ Jon Jones ($500,000; no win bonus) vs. Thiago Santos ($350,000; no win bonus)
  • Champ Amanda Nunes ($300,000; $200,000 win bonus) vs. Holly Holm ($300,000; no win bonus)
  • Ben Askren($210,000; $160,000 win bonus) vs. Jorge Masvidal ($100,000; $100,000 win bonus)
  • Jan Blachowicz($46,000; $46,000 win bonus) vs. Luke Rockhold ($200,000; $150,000 win bonus)
  • Michael Chiesa($52,000; $52,000 win bonus) vs. Diego Sanchez ($103,000; $103,000 win bonus)
  • Arnold Allen($32,000; $32,000 win bonus) vs. Gilbert Melendez ($200,000; no win bonus)
  • Nohelin Hernandez($12,000; $12,000 win bonus) vs. Marlon Vera ($48,000; $48,000 win bonus)
  • Claudia Gadelha($51,000; $51,000 win bonus) vs. Randa Markos ($30,000; $30,000 win bonus)
  • Alejandro Perez($42,000; $42,000 win bonus) vs. Song Yadong ($45,000; $45,000 win bonus)
  • Jack Marshman($30,000; $30,000 win bonus) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan ($16,000; $16,000 win bonus)
  • Ismail Naurdiev($14,000; $14,000 win bonus) vs. Chance Rencountre ($14,000; $14,000 win bonus)
  • Julia Avila($10,000; $10,000 win bonus) vs. Pannie Kianzad($12,000; $12,000 win bonus)

Payout Perspective:

Interesting to note that Melendez earning $200,000 as well as Rockhold.  Due to his tenure with the UFC, Diego Sanchez drew $103,000 with the opportunity to have had doubled the amount.

Payouts for Top Rank Boxing’s Comney-Beltran event

June 28, 2019

ESPN’s Dan Rafael reports the purses for Top Rank Boxing’s event in Temcula, California on Friday night.  The information was disclosed by the California State Athletic Commission.

Per Rafael’s post:

Richard Comney:  $350K plus $20K from Ray Beltran’s purse for failing to make weight.

Rey Beltran:  $160K minus $40K per the CSAC


Carlos Adames: $30K

Patrick Day:  $50K


SauL Rodriguez:  $30K

Miguel Angel Gonzalez:  $5K


Junior Fa:  $15K

Dominic Guinn:  $15K


Vincente Morales:  $3K

Ruben Rodriguez:  $4K


Augustine Mauras:  $3K

Raymond Muratalla:  $4K


Joaquin Chavez:  $5K

Elvis Rodriguez:  $6K


Jose Antonio Meza:  $4K

Dmitry Yun:  $5K


Prisco Marquez:  $3K

Christopher Zavala:  $5K


Osbaldo Gonzalez:  $3K

David Kaminsky:  $3K

Fury tops payout for Saturday’s Top Rank event

June 18, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained the full roster of salaries from the Nevada Athletic Commission from Saturday’s Top Rank promoted event featuring Tyson Fury at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Tyson Fury’s reported salary was $1 million although its been known that he’s receiving around $12.5 million for the fight.  According to the NAC paysheet, he’s paying $300,000 to the IRS as well as a $25,000 sanctioning fee. Fury also paid incidentals which equated to him taking home $673,428.  His opponent Tom Schwarz received $250,000 for the fight.  He paid $75,000 to the IRS and $7,500 in sanction fees for a take home of $167,450.

The rest of the roster payout from Saturday’s event are as follows:

Jesse Hart:  $150,000

Sullivan Barrerra:  $125,000


Mikaela Meyer: $20,000

Lizbeth Crespo: $10,000


Andy Vences: $20,000

Albert Bell:  $20,000


Isaac Lowe: $20,000

Duam Vue:  $20,000


Cem Kilic:  $4,000

Martez McGregor:  $5,000


Guido Vianello: $10,000

Keenan Hickman: $4,000


Peter Kadiru: $1,000

Juan A. Torres: $4,000


Sonny Conto:  $4,000

Daniel Infante:  $3,000

Payout Perspective:

The disparity in salaries from the top of the card to the mid-tier fighters to the starters is glaring.  One boxer just made $1,000 on the card in which Fury will reportedly making $12 million.   Fury did pay the most in sanctioning fees and to the IRS.

UFC 238 Payout Perspective

June 12, 2019

Welcome to another edition of Payout Perspective. This time we take a look at UFC 238 taking place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Cejudo dispatches Moraes and becomes double champ

Henry Cejudo recovered from a shaky first round to defeat Marlon Moraes with at TKO in the third round of the main event at UFC 238 to win the vacant UFC Bantamweight title. With the win, Cejudo holds the UFC Flyweight title and the Bantamweight title.

The fight showed Cejudo’s growth and maturity of an MMA fighter. The first round saw Moraes getting worked by Moraes with leg kicks. Cejudo seemed a little tentative in the first round but pressed Moraes in rounds 2 and 3 to get the victory.

Shevchenko leg kick KOs Eye

Valentina Shevchenko showed why she is the Flyweight champion. She almost submitted Jessica Eye with a Kimura in the first round, but used a perfectly timed leg kick to the head to knock Eye out. It was a very scary couple minutes as Eye lay on the mat unconscious.

The broadcast showed how Shevchenko set Eye up for the KO with leg kicks to the body drawing Eye’s guard low. Then, instead of a kick to the body Shevchenko went to the head as Eye braced for a body blow. A perfect setup.

Attendance, gate and bonuses

The event at the United Center drew 16,038 for a gate of over $2 million.  The bonuses went to Cejudo, Shevchenko, Ferguson and Cerrone.

Prefight Hype

UFC 238’s return to Chicago saw Henry Cejudo throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game. He also showed up at a media luncheon with “bodyguards.” At the face offs during media week, Cejudo wore a costume to face off against Moraes. Shaun Al-Shatti explained it here:

Cejudo’s act may be just that to get him some publicity.  But, if he continues to improve and dominate opponents, he may be bringing a throne to his next fight face-off.

UFC Embedded was sponsored by Toyo Tires.


Octagon sponsors included Toyo Tires, Motel 6, P3, Nemiroff, Modelo, Poker Stars, Devour, PariMatch, Monster, Hudson Shipping and Monster Energy in the middle.

Modelo had the fighter checkpoint.

Interestingly enough, no real signs of the UFC’s newest sponsor, Aurora Cannabis.

Despite his loss, Donald Cerrone is one of the few UFC fighters with his own Monster Energy sponsorship with


The UFC Prelims on ESPN did its best since March scoring 964,000 viewers.  It served as a lead-in for Top Rank Boxing.  The UFC main card went up against the return of GGG on DAZN.

Odds and Ends

The Tony Ferguson-Donald Cerrone fight was everything you could have wanted until Cowboy blew his nose.  Ferguson looked sharp and if the fight have lasted longer, probably would have won a decision over Cerrone.  He should face the winner of Khabib-Dustin.

Tai Tuivasa was likely the star of the Embeddeds based on his outgoing personality.  However, he’s now lost two in a row as he lost a unanimous decision to Blagoy Ivanov.

There were some great performances on the undercards including Eddie Wineland, Calvin Kattar and Aljamain Sterling.

Sterling had a good week:

It was interesting to see Moraes get upset at a heckler at media day face offs.  It seemed over the top although you may believe that he was thrown off by it considering this was supposed to be media at the event.

Jessica Eye did not have a good start to fight week as she had problems with here airline.

The broadcast crew is using more technology in explaining a lot of the strategy and moves going on in the Octagon.  A prime example saw Daniel Cormier go step-by-step explaining how Shevchenko was able to get a clear headkick over Eye.

Is this good or bad?

UFC 238 google searches drew over 500,000 for Saturday and another 500,000 on Sunday.  Tony Ferguson had 100,000 himself on Saturday night


UFC 238 was a very entertaining show.  It went up against Top Rank Boxing on ESPN and the return of GGG on DAZN.   But the prelim ratings were up which may equate to a better PPV buy rate.  Reports indicate that the buys since going to ESPN+ have been lower than when on satellite and cable providers.

UFC 235 (pre-ESPN+ only PPVs):  520K-650K

UFC 236:  >100K buys

UFC 237:  ~70K buys

With that being reported, its hard to think that UFC 238 did better than UFC 236 although one might be generous and state that the buys were likely around 100,000.

GGG tops Saturday’s DAZN event payouts

June 9, 2019

ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported the purses for Saturday night’s Madison Square Garden event featuring Gennady Golovkin.

According to Rafael, the official payout for GG was $2 million although its likely he’s getting closer to $15 million.  Steve Rolls, his opponent, drew $300,000.  Ali Akhmedov earned $25,000.  His opponent, Marcus McDaniel received $45,250.  Akhmedov defeated McDaniel.  Charles Conwell received $15,000 as he defeated Courtney Pennington who received $13,500.  Brian Ceballo defeated Bakhtiyar Eyubov.  Ceballo earned $25,000.  Eyubov earned $8,000.  Israill Madrimov earned $48,000 as he stopped Norberto Gonzalez who drew $15,000.  Nikita Ababiy earned $8,000 as he KO’d Juan Francisco Barajas who earned $3,500.

PBC on Fox attendance, gate and payouts from this past Saturday in Virginia

May 16, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation the attendance, gate and payouts from the PBC on Fox event at the Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax.

The main card which aired on Fox and took place at the Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax drew a gate of $283,941.25 with 6,713 in attendance.  Of the attendance, 2,850 paid while there were 3,863 comps.  Of the tickets sold, 675 were purchased via discount.

Payouts were as follows:

Jarrett Hurd:  $1,250,000

Julian Williams:  $300,000

Mario Barrios:  $100,000

Juan Velasco:  $20,000

Matt Korabov:  $80,000

Immanuel Aleem:  $40,000

Stephon Fulton:  $20,000

Paulus Amwaunda:  $20,000

Drayvontay Rawls:  $6,000

Jonathan Perez:  $6,000

Aaron Anderson: $3,000

Carlos Galindo:  $1,500

Mark Duncan:  $4,000

Kevin Womack:  $1,200

Alexandry Mann:  $5,000

Luis Concepcion:  $5,000

Greg Outlaw:  $4,500

Martin Motomala:  $6,000

Payout Perspective:

The numbers reflect a disparity on the pay roster and also the fact that there were more comps and discounted tickets than sold infers that this event catered around the television broadcast.  This had to be a money loser for PBC but it fulfills its event obligation for Fox which eventually compensates them through this loss.

Main event fighters draw hefty purses for Saturday’s Top Rank event on ESPN

May 7, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained the Payoff Sheet from the California State Athletic Commission from Saturday night’s event at the Stockton Arena promoted by Top Rank Boxing.

The event featured Artur Beterbiev as he defeated Radivoje Kalajdzic. Beterbiev earned $850,000 while Kalajdzic made $200,000.  After $314,500 miscellaneous fee and a $25,500 sanction that was not explained, Beterbiev netted $509,400.  Similarly, Kalajdzic received a sanction of $6,000 and an advance of $5,000 and another $500 for gloves.  After these and other miscellaneous deductions, he netted $181,000.

The rest of the payouts are as follows:

Jersin Ancajas:  $90,000

Ryuchi Funai:  $20,000

Gabriel Flores, Jr.:  $7,500

Eduardo Pereira dos Reis:   $6,000

Jesus Algandar Godlinez:  $2,000

Marco Antonio Arroyo:  $1,500

Vincent Jennings:  $6,000

Vislan Dalkhaev:  $6,000

Carlos Rodriguez:  $8,000

Brian Mendoza:  $10,000

Mario Aguilar:  $2,000

Felix Valera:  $30,000

Osbaldo Camacho Gonzales:  $4,000

Quillisto Madera:  $3,000

Joey Montoya: $5,500

Blake McKernan:  $800

The $850,000 purse for the IBF light heavyweight titleholder gives pause to many casual fans considering his fight was the second lowest-rated Top Rank on ESPN event this year. Obviously, opposite Canelo-Jacobs, this televised event was going to be a tough sell. Still, the main eventers received top payouts which rival most top-tier UFC fighters but past the semi-main event, the salaries resemble more of a UFC card.  It is interesting to look at the differing ways MMA and Boxing pay their respective independent contractors.

Payouts from Canelo-Jacobs; Canelo nets $23.6M after fees, license and taxes

May 7, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained the payout sheet from the Nevada Athletic Commission from this past Saturday’s Canelo-Jacbos fight. Canelo Alvarez earned the most for the night as he grossed $35 million.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: $35M
Daniel Jacobs: $2.5M

Vergil Ortiz, II Jr.: $75,000
Mauricio Herrera: $75,00

Joseph P. Diaz, Jr.: $100,000
Freddy L. Fonseca: $10,000

Lamont Roach, Jr.: $75,000
Jonathan Oquendo: $50,000

Sadam Ali: $150,000
Anthony Young: $45,000

John P. Ryder: $100,000
Bilal Akkawy: $30,000

Aram Avagyan: $12,500
Francisco Esparza, Jr.: $13,000

Alexis Espino: $6,000
Wiliamm R. Wagner: $2,000

Yamguchi Falcao: $50,000
Christopher Pearson: $20,000

Steven Butler: $70,000
Vitali Kopylenko: $15,000

Erik Bazinyan: $50,000
Alan Campa: $17,000

Alexis Salazar: 23,150
Abraham Cordero: $5,850

Richard Acevedo: $3,900
Mario Sosa: $1,600

According to the payout sheet, Canelo netted $23.6M as a result of the fees, license and taxes associated with his payout. Jacobs netted $2.27M although, as reported by many, he is guaranteed over $10M for his part in Saturday’s fight.

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