Bellator 131 salaries: Ortiz tops list

November 16, 2014

The California State Athletic Commission released the salaries from Saturday’s Bellator 131 show from San Diego, California.  As you might expect Tito Ortiz topped the Bellator roster earning $300,000.

Bellator 131 Fight Salaries:

Tito Ortiz: $300,000
def. Stephan Bonnar: $100,000

Will Brooks: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Chandler: $25,000

Joe Schilling: $25,000
def. Melvin Manhoef: $10,000

Mike Richman: $30,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Nam Phan: $5,600

Muhammed Lawal: $10,000
def. Joe Vedepo: $10,000

Joao Faria: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Ian Butler: $1,500

A.J. Matthews: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Bolt: $2,000

Jonathan Santa Maria: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Ron Henderson: $2,000

Andy Murad: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
def. Bubba Pugh: $2,000

Nicolas Garcia: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
def. Matthew Ramirez: $2,000

Jordan Bailey: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Alex Higley: $1,500

Rolando Perez: $2,000
def. Mark Vorgeas: $2,000

Payout Perspective:

Although Ortiz earned $300,000, it was reported that he was fined $2,500 for his post-fight behavior after flipping off Bonnar and throwing water on him after the decision.  If you were wondering Ortiz made $250,000 in his last UFC appearance at UFC 148 in July 2012.  Bonnar’s last official reported salary was $34K/$34K for his win at UFC 139 three years ago this month.  He also fought Anderson Silva at UFC 153 in October 2012 but we do not have an official salary reported. Also, King Mo only received $10K with no reported fight bonus.  Lawal’s fight was one of four that received no fight bonus.

 

UFC 178: Payout Perspective

September 29, 2014

Welcome to another edition of Payout Perspective.   In this edition, we review UFC 178 which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where Demetrious Johnson took on Chris Cariaso in the main event.

Johnson outclasses Cariaso

Despite the lack of fan support (i.e., PPV buys), Demetrious Johnson can legitimately stake a claim to being the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC.  It was clear in the first minute that Johnson was the better fighter and ended Cariaso in the second round with a submission.

Johnson is getting prime placement on UFC shows and it’s the second PPV he’s headlined this year.  One should also stress the fact that Johnson has not been hurt during his title reign and is not an outside-the-Octagon problem.  So, why don’t people buy his PPVs?

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Cowboy welcomes Eddie to UFC

The skeet shooting and wakeboarding training regimen pre-fight aside, Donald Cerrone is an extremely good fighter.  In what was one of the more entertaining fights on the card, Cerrone defeated Eddie Alvarez.  It was the long-awaited debut for the former Bellator champ and the first round he showed why the UFC wanted to acquire his services.  Yet, Cerrone moves on looking for another fight before 2014 closes.

McGregor makes quick work of Poirier

You would have thought that this was the main event based on the crowd reactions.  The hype, trash talk and vitriol between the two (especially during any face off promoting the fight) was classic in what to do to have people interested in purchasing your fights. The Conor McGregor experience continues and likely his most impressive fight on the biggest platform so far.  McGregor easily handled Dustin Poirier in the first round.  It’s clear that McGregor is ready for a title shot after Saturday night.

Attendance and Gate

The attendance and gate announced at the post-fight press conference was 10,544 for a gate of $2.2 million.  Out of 9 PPVs this year, it ranked 7th in attendance.

Bonuses

The bonuses of $50K each were awarded to Yoel Romero-Tim Kennedy for Fight of the Night and Dominick Cruz and Conor McGregor for Performances of the Night.

Promotion of the Fight

The Embedded episodes continue to be popular as the UFC has found a formula to promote the fights digitally.  For the most part, viewers got to see Cowboy Cerrone wakeboarding and skeet shooting prior to his fight with Eddie Alvarez, Conor McGregor get a haircut, Demetrious Johnson getting a shave and Dustin Poirier at the Whole Foods at Vegas.  The one thing really missing from the embedded episode was a profile on Chris Cariaso.  The Countdown show did have a profile on Cariaso but it seemed incomplete.  Even if it was a foregone conclusion that he would likely lose (which happened), it would have been nice for them to have elevated his profile for this fight.  It seems to get better reviews than the UFC Prime Time episodes because they are short and can be viewed whenever people want to see them.

Conor McGregor did a good amount of pre-fight press.

Mighty Mouse appeared on the local Fox affiliate in Seattle last week hyping UFC 178.

Salaries

Salaries have been disclosed via MMA Junkie:

Demetrious Johnson: $183,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Cariaso: $24,000

Donald Cerrone: $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus)
def. Eddie Alvarez: $100,000

Conor McGregor: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Poirier: $34,000

Yoel Romero: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Kennedy: $70,000

Cat Zingano: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Amanda Nunes: $15,000

Dominick Cruz: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $32,000

Jorge Masvidal: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. James Krause: $15,000

Stephen Thompson: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Patrick Cote: $33,000

Brian Ebersole: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. John Howard: $21,000

Kevin Lee: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jon Tuck: $10,000

Manny Gamburyan: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Cody Gibson: $10,000

Some notes:

Some interesting figures including Demetrious Johnson being paid like a champ (base of $129K).  The last official report of his purse was at UFC on Fox 9 where he made a base of $125K (notice a bigger bonus for that Fox event).  You might assume that June’s UFC 174 he made a base of $127K although those salaries were never officially reported.  Eddie Alvarez was paid $100K (show) for his first UFC fight.  You might recall when he was originally offered a UFC contract which precipitated the Bellator lawsuit, he was offered $70K for his first match in the UFC.  Conor McGregor is already up to $75K base.  Cat Zingano only made $9K/$9K which is only a $2K bump from her last fight in April 2013 against Miesha Tate.

Sponsors

The octagon sponsors included MusclePharm, MetroPCS, Alienware, Harley Davidson, Toyo Tires, Fram, UltimatePoker.net, Assassin’s Creed’s latest game, Matefit.me and Bud Light in the center.

Missing from the octagon was long-time sponsor, Xyience, which was purchased by another company that quickly pulled the sponsorship with the UFC.

Yoel Romero was sponsored by likeaboss.com.  I’m not sure what they do.

Cain Velasquez appeared in a promo for Harley Davidson Motorcycle’s “Hometown Throwdown.”

Mighty Mouse had his traditional sponsor of Xbox 360.  The only sponsor for Johnson, his fight banner told folks to pre-order an Xbox One.  I thought those were already available?  If you were wondering, on his recent Wrestling Observer podcast, Dave Meltzer did not know how much Johnson is receiving from Microsoft.

Cariaso was sponsored by Mountek.  Really.

Dominick Cruz was sponsored by the Phoenix International Raceway which stuck with him despite Cruz being on the shelf for a long time.  It paid off as PIR had a prominent logo on Cruz as he was demolishing Takeya Mizugaki.  He also wore the shirt in his post-fight interview.

Odds and ends

-Didn’t mention this earlier, but Cat Zingano-Amanda Nunes fight was the way to start a PPV.  Zingano has been through a lot and it appears that she will be the next for Ronda Rousey.

-MMA Fighting has backstage footage of Tim Kennedy confronting Yoel Romero about the extra time he took to get up from his stool in between rounds.

-Interesting that the UFC are rolling out different types of Bruce Lee t-shirts.  Hopefully some of the money that I suppose the estate is receiving from licensing his likeness is going toward this.

-Dominick Cruz won me over in just the 61 seconds of work.  First, his Jay Z/Cypress Hill remix entrance, Then, the plain black CRUZ sweatshirt.  Easily the best thing anyone has worn to the octagon in the history of this sport.  Finally, his “Alpha-Fails” drop is probably one of the best post-fight lines in a while.

-UFC on Fox YouTube channel has the whole 61 second Cruz return fight.

-Some argument as to whether Cruz fight should have been on PPV.  You can see it as perhaps a concession to boost FS1 ratings.  In hindsight, all of the fights on the PPV were great and hard to see replacing one.

-The good news is that the clay pigeons that Cerrone shot during that Embedded episode were not real as they were made at the same place that Floyd Mayweather got his fake weed from All Access.

-Not surprising, but according to Google Trends, Dublin and Ireland were the most interested city and country for search term “UFC 178”.

Conclusion

This was to be Jones-Gus II.  But after that was scrapped, it was Jones-Cormier.  After the Jones-Cormier media day brawl in August, one could have made the argument that UFC 178 would be the second-biggest PPV event of the year after UFC 175.  But with Jones getting injured, the need to adjust the lineup probably hurt the buy rate.  Overall, this card was very solid with every PPV fight being an entertaining one.  However, selling the Johnson-Cariaso was tough and you might infer that most of the pre-fight hype was for McGregor-Poirier. Although McGregor could be a breakout PPV star, he is not one yet.

While Google Trends saw an uptick in searches for UFC 178 from Ireland, it’s worth to note that the US was the 4th interested country for the event.  In the end, a buy rate of 300,000-325,000 seems reasonable.

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.

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