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
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.
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.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 22, 2016
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.
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
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.
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.
Purses for Saturday. Pacman and Bradley also share in PPV revenue pic.twitter.com/aeSQwNhENo
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) April 6, 2016
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.
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?
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
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.
March 15, 2016
MMA Fighting reports the salaries from last week’s Invicta FC event from Las Vegas. Former TUF contestant and UFC competitor Roxanne Modafferi topped the salaries for the night with $13,000.
The salary information was obtained from the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Via MMA Fighting:
Ayaka Hamasaki ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Amber Brown ($5,000)
Jennifer Maia ($4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000) def. Vanessa Porto ($8,000)
Angela Hill ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Stephanie Eggink ($3,500)
Irene Aldana ($5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000) def. Jessamyn Duke ($10,000)
Roxanne Modafferi ($6,500 + $6,500 = $13,000) def. DeAnna Bennett ($5,000)
Jinh Yu Frey ($1,750 + $1,750 = $3,500) def. Herica Tiburcio ($3,500)
Sarah D’Alelio ($4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000) def. Andrea Lee ($3,000)
Aspen Ladd ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000)def. Kelly McGill ($2,000)
Ashley Greenway ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Sarah Click ($1,000)
The salaries exclude any “locker room bonuses” and sponsor paymnets.
It’s obvious that the payouts are much less than that of the UFC women’s division. Invicta FC is the quasi-feeder league for the UFC women’s division and the event featured several former UFC veterans. Modafferi, Duke and Hill are among the UFC veterans were among the top paid fighters.
March 6, 2016
Sherdog.com reports the salaries from Saturday night’s UFC 196. As previously reported, Conor McGregor earned the highest commission reported salary for a UFC ever with $1 million.
Nate Diaz: $500,000
Conor McGregor: $1,000,000
Miesha Tate: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
Holly Holm: $500,000
Ilir Latifi: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Gian Villante: $36,000
Corey Anderson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Tom Lawlor: $28,000
Amanda Nunes: $56,000 (includes $28,000)
Valentina Shevchenko: $14,000
Siyar Bahadurzada: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Brandon Thatch: $22,000
Nordine Taleb: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Erick Silva: $34,000
Vitor Miranda: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Marcelo Guimaraes: $13,000
Darren Elkins: $74,000 ($37,000 win bonus)
Chas Skelly: $21,000
Diego Sanchez: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
Jim Miller: $59,000
Jason Saggo: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Justin Salas: $16,000
Teruto Ishihara: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
Julian Erosa: $12,000
The above listed payouts do not include undisclosed bonuses or the Reebok sponsorship payouts.
Including Performance and Fight of the Night Bonuses from last night, McGregor earned 1,050,000 while Diaz ended with $600,000 as he scored two double bonuses. Miesha Tate, the lowest paid fighter out of the four in the main events Saturday, earned $142,000.
The payouts are on the high side due to the top of the card. Although McGregor indicated he’d make over $10 million for this fight, that has yet to be seen. Diego Sanchez, at $75K/$75K was the only other fighter on the roster to make over $100,000.
March 4, 2016
In perhaps one of the oddest interviews you can have in lead-up to UFC 196, Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor did a live split-screen interview for CNBC in which they talked about earnings and a bunch of other awkward things. Diaz left during the interview.
I wish I stopped watching halfway. But the link is here.
Perhaps the only takeaway is that McGregor states he will make over $10 million for this fight. Diaz didn’t give a dollar figure.
The interviewee asked the ridiculous question of how the UFC can be as big as NBA or NFL. Non-answers were given.
Also, Conor asked for a picture of the interviewee to see what she looked like.
Clearly the main goal was to have the two fighters talk trash to each other. Of course, if you really wanted to know about how much each was earning you could probably do an interview with Dana White. This was just put on to get that wide spectrum of media to publicize the fight.
On another note, no one does this to NBA or NFL players. You think someone is going to ask Tom Brady what he’s going to buy with his new extension? It’s quite odd to have fighters, who probably cannot or will not disclose what they will be earning to disclose it to some reporter in the guise that we’re talking business.
February 8, 2016
MMA Junkie reports the salaries from Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 82 as disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Via MMA Junkie:
Stephen Thompson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $100,000
Roy Nelson: $125,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Jared Rosholt: $33,000
Ovince Saint Preux: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Cavalcante: $42,000
Joseph Benavidez: $118,000 (includes $59,000 win bonus)
def. Zach Makovsky: $19,000
Misha Cirkunov: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Nicholson: $10,000
Mike Pyle: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus)
def. Sean Spencer: $17,000
Josh Burkman: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. K.J. Noons : $34,000
Derrick Lewis: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Damian Grabowski: $17,000
Justin Scoggins: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Ray Borg: $18,000
Diego Rivas: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Noad Lahat: $17,000
Mickey Gall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Jackson: $10,000
Alex White: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Artem Lobov: $13,000
Interesting to note that Hendricks’ pay has decreased since the last official reported payout from UFC 181 in December 2014. In that fight, a loss to Robbie Lawler, Hendricks made $150,000. Roy Nelson had a $75,000 show purse and $50,000-win bonus. A good night for Mike Pyle who made a total of $153,00 with his Fight of the Night Bonus plus his show and win bonus. OSP and Joseph Benavidez also made six figures Saturday night.
February 5, 2016
MMA Junkie has obtained the payouts from UFC Fight Night 81 a couple weeks ago in Boston. Travis Browne, Dominick Cruz and Eddie Alvarez led the roster payroll which totaled $1,189,000.
Notably, Alvarez had the highest show money of all the athletes for the event.
The rest of the payroll via MMA Junkie:
Dominick Cruz: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. T.J. Dillashaw: $70,000
Eddie Alvarez: $100,000 (no win bonus)
def. Anthony Pettis: $80,000
Travis Browne: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Mitrione: $36,000
Francisco Trinaldo: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Ross Pearson: $48,000
Patrick Cote: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus)
def. Ben Saunders: $18,000
Ed Herman: $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Boetsch: $52,000
Chris Wade: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Mehdi Baghdad: $12,000
Luke Sanders: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Maximo Blanco: $25,000
Paul Felder: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Daron Cruickshank: $20,000
Ilir Latifi: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Sean O’Connell: $18,000
Charles Rosa: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Bochniak: $10,000
Rob Font: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Joey Gomez: $10,000
Francimar Barroso: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Elvis Mutapcic: $18,000
Browne and Cruz made six figures with their win bonuses. The notable omissions from the top paid of the night was former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw who we assume was on $70K and $70K. Dillashaw’s purse appears to be a step up from his last officially reported purse from UFC 177 which was $50K/$50K. There was no official report from UFC on Fox 16 this past July although we might assume based on the step ups that he made $60K/$60K in his rematch win over Renan Barao.