UFC on ESPN 1 payouts

February 22, 2019

The Arizona Department of Gaming has disclosed the salaries from this past Sunday’s UFC on ESPN 1.  Cain Velasquez was the top earner on the card.

Via MMA Fighting:

Francis Ngannou ($110,000 + $110,000 = $220,000) def. Cain Velasquez ($450,000)
Paul Felder ($46,000 + $46,000 = $92,000) def. James Vick ($65,000)
Cynthia Calvillo ($44,000 + $44,000 = $88,000) def. Cortney Casey ($50,000)
Kron Gracie ($27,000 + $25,000 = $52,000) def. Alex Caceres ($55,000)
Vicente Luque ($41,000 + $41,000 = $82,000) def. Bryan Barberena ($35,000)
Andre Fili ($37,000 + $37,000 = $74,000) def. Myles Jury ($36,000)
Aljamain Sterling ($70,000 + $70,000 = $140,000) def. Jimmie Rivera ($68,000)
Manny Bermudez ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000) def. Benito Lopez ($12,000)
Andrea Lee ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000) def. Ashlee Evans-Smith ($30,000)
Nik Lentz ($53,000 + $53,000 = $106,000) def. Scott Holtzman ($33,000)
Luke Sanders ($19,000 + $19,000 = $38,000) def. Renan Barao ($53,000)
Emily Whitmire ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Aleksandra Albu ($12,000)

Payout Perspective:

The Former UFC Heavyweight champion earned $450,000 in his return to the Octagon against Francis Ngannou who drew $110,000 and another $110,000 for his win to earn $220,000.  Aljamain Sterling ($140,000) and Nik Lentz ($106,000) were the only other fighters clearing 6 figures not counting fight or performance bonuses or Reebok payouts.

Payouts from Premier Boxing Champions PBC on Fox event (2/16/19)

February 20, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained the payouts from the California State Athletic Commission from this past Saturday’s PBC on Fox event from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.  Headliner Leo Santa Cruz led the roster of boxers earning a reported $1 million.

Leo Santa Cruz successfully defended his WBA Super Featherweight Title against Rivera.  Omar Figueroa, Jr. defeated John Molina, Jr. in a feature bout on the telecast.

Thomas Smith $4,500 (W)
Neri Romero $7,000

Julio Martinez $2,200
Shon Mondragon $2,000 (W)

Fernando Vargas Parra $3,000
Marlon Tapalas $10,000 (W)

Miguel A. Mendoza $5,000
Julian Rodarte $7,000 (W)

Ivan L. Benitez $6,000
Jerry Perez $7,000 (W)

Tyrone Harris $6,000
Ivan Radkach $5,000 (W)

Oscar Cortez $10,00
Hugo Ceneno, Jr. $25,000 (W)

DeeJay Kriel, $10,000 (W)
Carlos Licona $30,000

Ryosuke Iwasa $10,000 (W)
Cesar Juarez $10,000

Jose Cen Torres $5,300
Carlos Balderas $7,500 (W)

Donnie Marshall $8,000
Sebastian Fundora $12,600 (W)

John Molina, Jr. $200,000
Omar Figueroa, Jr. $225,000 (W)

Rafael Rivera $20,000
Leo Santa Cruz, $1,000,000 (W)

Davis tops PBC payouts from February 9th event

February 19, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained the payouts from the February 9, 2019 event at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California which featured Gervonta Davis taking on Hugo Ruiz.  Davis led the TGB Promotions payroll making $1 million for his 1st round KO of Ruiz.

Ruiz, a last-minute replacement for the injured Abner Mares, received $100,000.  Some other notable payouts include Ishe Smith as he earned $75,000 for his bout against Erickson Lubin who earned $41,500.  Lubin took the victory in that matchup.  Javier Fortuna earned $40,000 while his opponent Sharif Bogere drew $75,000.  Bogere won via unanimous decision.

The rest of the payouts can be found below.

2-9-19 TGB Payouts by on Scribd

Payout Perspective:

Clearly Davis was the showcase for this event and Ruiz received an adequate payout  $100,000 for filling in last minute.  But, Davis should be a name to lookout for this year as he’ll be looking for bigger fights and perhaps that fight against Mares somewhere down the road.

UFC 234: Payout Perspective

February 11, 2019

Welcome to another edition of Payout Perspective.  In this edition, we take a look at UFC 234 in Brisbane, Australia.

Adesanysa defeats idol in main event

With Robert Whittaker needing emergency surgery for a hernia, his middleweight title fight against Kelvin Gastelum was scratched and Anderson Silva-Israel Adesanya was inserted at the top of the card. The fight was to become the number 1 contender according to the UFC.

Adesanya bested his idol via unanimous decision in a fight that he was inserted in to win.  The good news is that Silva looked like Anderson Silva.  Two years removed from his last appearance in the Octagon due to a drug suspension, Silva appeared slower (of course), but had enough to make the fight entertaining for all.

Adesanya now waits to see if he will fight Whittaker or a showdown with Kelvin Gastelum.

Attendance, gate and bonuses

UFC 234 was a sell out with 15,238 in attendance for a gate of $2,470,088 U.S. Dollars.  There was an opportunity for those wishing to receive refunds to obtain them.

The bonuses went to Silva-Adesanya, Montana De La Rosa and Devonte Smith.  FOTN went to Silva-Adesanya while De La Rosa and Smith received Performance Bonuses.  All earned an addition $50K.

Reebok Promotional Guideline Payouts (via MMA Junkie)

Israel Adesanya: $4,000
def. Anderson Silva: $20,000

Lando Vannata: $5,000
def. Marcos Mariano: $3,500

Ricky Simon: $3,500
def. Rani Yahya: $20,000

Montana De La Rosa: $3,500
def. Nadia Kassem: $3,500

Jim Crute: $3,500
def. Sam Alvey: $15,000

Devonte Smith: $3,500
def. Dong Hyun Ma: $5,000

Shane Young: $3,500
def. Austin Arnett: $4,000

Kai Kara-France: $3,500
def. Raulian Paiva: $3,500

Kyung Ho Kang: $5,000
def. Teruto Ishihara: $5,000

Jalin Turner: $3,500
def. Callan Potter: $3,500

Jonathan Martinez: $3,500
def. Wuliji Buren: $3,500


TAB, the online gambling web site in Australia served as a “presenting” sponsor for the event as its logo was everywhere during UFC 234.  Tab was also on the fighter kits.  Its unlikely that any of the fighters received compensation for wearing the logo based on previous logo placement.

TAB had the fighter checkpoint.  The Octagon featured Air Asia, Hudson Shipping Company, Nemiroff, Hooters, Modelo and Monster Energy in the middle.   Also in the Octagon was Port Local Pirate Life Brewing, the video game Fallout76 (which also sponsored the Embedded episodes) and Bisley, an Australian workwear company.

Odds and Ends

The partnership with ESPN looks to be off to a great start as the second prelims show on ESPN has drawn stellar ratings.  Although no viewer numbers as of Sunday night, the metered market rating has a 1.0 share peaking with 1.7.  Once again, the Duke-Virginia college basketball game was the lead-in.

Dana White brokered one time deal with DirecTV as the UFC deal with the satellite provider ended in 2018.  It was not until Thursday that White came to an agreement otherwise a big section of the UFC fan base would not have access to the PPV via DTV.

Gastelum walking around the arena with Henry Cejudo’s belt brought out a reaction, which may have been all he wanted.  Also, it forces the issue that he should deserve the next shot at the middleweight title.  Whether Gastelum will get the first shot at Whittaker or if Adesanya does will be an interesting question.  Obviously, if Whittaker takes some time to recover, we could see Gastelum and Adesanya vying for another interim title.

Interesting to note that the Middleweight title has not been the same since GSP took it from Michael Bisping two years ago.

Montana De La Rosa’s post-fight interview in the Octagon stated that she wanted to get through her TUF contract so that she would be able to make better money.  She did earn a Performance Bonus so that should help her.

In addition to the UFC, Showtime Boxing had an event.

There were over 1 million google searches for UFC 234 on Saturday which may be attributed to the main event change.


 This may be the first of many instances where the UFC Prelim show on ESPN will do a big rating but the PPV will not. In the past, the UFC Prelims have served as an indicator on PPV success.  With the UFC on ESPN now, I don’t think it will no longer be the case.  With the elimination of the title fight, I think the PPV may have taken a hit, but not one that would show considerable damage.  The problem is that this PPV was destined to be in the 125,000 PPV range which are the UFC hardcore fans minus a few not wanting to shell out the $65 this time around.

Fedor atop Bellator 214 payouts

January 25, 2019

The California State Athletic Commission has disclosed the main card and preliminary payouts for Saturday’s Bellator 214.

MMA Junkie reported the disclosed payouts it had requested and obtained from the commission.  Bellator 214 takes place Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Fedor Emelianenko: $300,000 (no win bonus)
vs. Ryan Bader: $150,000 (no win bonus)

Aaron Pico: $45,000 to show ($45,000 to win)
def. Henry Corrales: $35,000 to show ($35,000 to win)

Jake Hager: $50,000 (no win bonus)
vs. J.W. Kiser: $7,000 to show ($7,000 to win)

Juan Archuleta: $25,000 to show (no win bonus)
vs. Ricky Bandejas: $30,000 to show (no win bonus)

Adel Altamimi: $10,000 to show ($10,000 to win)
vs. Brandon McMahan: $3,500 to show ($3,500 to win)

Jay Jay Wilson: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)
vs. Tyler Beneke: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)

Ozzy Diaz: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)
vs. Chris Reyes: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)

Jorge Juarez: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)
vs. David Pacheco: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)

Jesse Merritt: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)
vs. Thor Skancke: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)

A.J. Agazarm: $12,000 to show ($12,000 to win)
vs. Jesse Roberts: $2,500 to show ($2,500 to win)

Weber Almeida: $5,000 to show ($5,000 to win)
vs. Oscar Chinchilla: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)

Sean Johnson: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)
vs. Arturo Rivas: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)

James Barnes: $2,250 to show ($2,250 to win)
vs. Ryan Lilley: $2,000 to show ($2,000 to win)

Ian Butler: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)
vs. Craig Plaskett: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)

Steve Ramirez: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)
vs. Desmond Torres: $1,500 to show ($1,500 to win)

Payout Perspective:

The biggest disparity here is the between the former WWE superstar Jake Hager (aka Jack Swagger) and J.W. Kiser.  Hager is making $50,000 for this fight while Kiser, a 41-year-old with just one pro fight, a loss in 2018, is receiving $7,000 to show and another $7,000 if he pulls the offset.  Certainly, the $50,000 Swagger is making is far less than his salary in the WWE.  Of course, its his first pro fight.  Without much argument, Fedor is the top paid athlete earning $300,000 and his opponent making just half of that.

UFC 232 payouts show nice paydays for several fighters

January 1, 2019

The California State Athletic Commission has released the rest of the payouts from Saturday’s UFC 232 from The Forum in Inglewood, California.

CSAC released the main events payouts on Saturday, but released the rest of the roster on Sunday

Via MMA Junkie:

Jon Jones: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Alexander Gustafsson: $500,000

Amanda Nunes: $350,000 (no win bonus)
def. Cris Cyborg: $500,000

Michael Chiesa: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
def. Carlos Condit: $115,000

Corey Anderson: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus)
def. Ilir Latifi: $90,000

Alex Volkanovski: $125,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Chad Mendes: $87,000

Walt Harris: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
def. Andrei Arlovski: $300,000

Megan Anderson: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Cat Zingano: $50,000

Petr Yan: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Douglas Silva de Andrade: $21,000

Ryan Hall: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $150,000

Nathaniel Wood: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Andre Ewell: $12,000

Uriah Hall: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Bevon Lewis: $12,000

Curtis Millender: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Siyar Bahadurzada: $33,000

Montel Jackson: $16,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Kelleher: $27,000*

*Jackson forfeited $4,000 of his show money to Kelleher for missing weight.

Payout Perspective:

It would seem like Jackson should be given his $4,000 by the UFC or Jon Jones this time around.  While he missed weight, with all that went on during fight week, it seems like he should be given a pass.  The payouts reveal that Andre Arlovski ($300,000), BJ Penn ($150K) and Carlos Condit ($115K) are well-paid fighters that aren’t living up to their pay scale.  One would have to wonder what does their future hold.

Jones, Gus and Cyborg earn $500K for UFC 232 per CSAC disclosure

December 29, 2018

MMA Fighting has obtained the purses for the main-eventers for Saturday’s UFC 232.  Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will earn $500,000 for their main event at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

There is no indication that either will receive a win bonus although it’s likely that each will receive a PPV upside.  In addition, Cris “Cyborg” will earn $500,000 while her opponent Amanda Nunes will earn $350,000.  The two will fight for Cyborg’s Featherweight title.

Payout Perspective:

Cyborg earned $500,000 in her last fight at UFC 222 in March. Nunes’ last reported salary was at UFC 207 when she retired Ronda Rousey and earned $200,000 and another $100,000 for her win.  Jones had earned $500,000 for his fight against Daniel Cormier in July 2017.  Gustafsson has not had a reported purse since 2012 so it’s hard to gage how much he’s earned for non-title fights.  We should have the rest of the list after the event.

Usman, RDA top TUF Finale payouts

December 3, 2018

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has disclosed the payroll from Friday night’s TUF Finale from The Pearl Theatre at The Palms in Las Vegas.

In a losing effort, Rafael dos Anjos had the biggest purse payout in $110,000 but Kamaru Usman made the highest overall purse on the card making $150,000 with $75,000 to show and $75,000 to win.

Via MMA Junkie:

Kamaru Usman: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael dos Anjos: $110,000

Juan Espino: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Frazier: $15,000

Macy Chiasson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Pannie Kianzad: $15,000

Pedro Munhoz: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Bryan Caraway: $21,000

Edmen Shahbazyan: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Darren Stewart: $22,000

Antonina Shevchenko: $36,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Ji Yeon Kim: $14,000*

Kevin Aguilar: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Glenn: $20,000**

Joseph Benavidez: $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Perez: $22,000

Maurice Green: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Michel Batista: $10,000

Leah Letson: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Julia Stoliarenko: $10,000

Roosevelt Roberts: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Darrell Horcher: $15,000

Tim Means: $98,000 (includes $49,000 win bonus)
def. Ricky Rainey: $14,000

Raoni Barcelos: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Gutierrez: $10,000

Payout Perspective:

Usman also received a $50,000 bonus which makes it a great night of earning for the welterweight.  The first asterisk notes that Kim, who lost to Antonina Shevchenko, forfeited $6,000 of her purse for missing weight.  The second asterisk notes that Glenn, who also lost, forfeited $5,000 of his show money for missing weight.  Also of note, it looks as though the TUF contestants made a little more than in previous TUF finales.

Wilder ($4M), Fury ($3M) set to make career highs in earnings Saturday

December 1, 2018

The huge heavyweight boxing showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder takes place at The Staples Center in Los Angeles Saturday night.  Both headliners will receive the biggest paydays of their careers.

Wilder will make $4 million and Fury will make $3 million as disclosed by the California State Athletic Commission.  According to reports, both men should make more than $10 million when including PPV revenue splits.

In addition, the commission also disclosed the following purses for these fights:

Jarrett Hurd $1,000,000 
Jason Welborn $30,000

Luis Ortiz $375,000 
Travis Kauffman $125,000

Joe Joyce $40,000 
Joe Hanks $50,000

Payout Perspective:

It’s the biggest payout for the careers of Wilder and Fury.  Both fighters are undefeated and they have put on a great show of promoting this fight.  Tonight will be a show of how much people want to see this fight with UFC, Bellator and Showtime Boxing on tonight as well.

Liddell ($250K), Ortiz ($200K) top salaries for Golden Boy MMA PPV

November 23, 2018

On Saturday night, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will fight in LA on the first Golden Boy MMA PPV.  Both fighters are receiving six figure paydays according to the disclosed purses from the California State Athletic Commission.

Liddell will receive $250,000 while Ortiz will draw $200,000.  Neither will receive a win bonus.

The rest of the paysheet from the CSAC via MMA Fighting:

  • Chuck Liddell: $250,000 (no win bonus)
  • Tito Ortiz: $200,000 (no win bonus)
  • Tom Lawlor: $25,000 (no win bonus)
  • Deron Winn: $5,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
  • Efrain Escudero: $10,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
  • Gleison Tibau: $10,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
  • Walel Watson: $5,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
  • Ricardo Palacios: $5,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
  • Albert Morales: $2,500 ($2,500 win bonus)
  • James Barnes: $2,500 ($2,500 win bonus)
  • Oscar Cota: $5,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
  • Jay Silva: $5,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
  • Fernie Garcia: $1,500 ($1,500 win bonus)
  • Joe Roye: $1,250 ($1,250 win bonus)
  • Jose Huerta: $1,250 ($1,250 win bonus)
  • Francisco Estrada: $1,000 ($1,000 win bonus)
  • Keith Berry: $3,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
  • Joseph Henle: $3,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
  • Craig Wilkerson: $1,500 ($1,500 win bonus)
  • Joshua Jones: $1,500 ($1,500 win bonus)
  • Johnny Cisneros: $2,000 ($2,000 win bonus)
  • Dave Terrel: $2,500 ($2,500 win bonus)

Payout Perspective:

This will be an interesting experiment for Golden Boy as it dips its toe into MMA.  According to multiple reports, tickets  are selling at The Forum in Inglewood, California so there’s a chunk of MMA fans interested in seeing this fight.  For $39.99, it may be a tough sell considering this built on just one fight on the card whereas most other MMA PPVs have at least 2-3 fights to sell.


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