Adesanya tops TUF 27 Finale salaries

July 12, 2018

The Nevada Athletic Commission disclosed the salaries from last Friday’s TUF 27 Finale.  With his win, Israel Adesanya earned the most on the card.

Via MMA Fighting:

Israel Adesanya ($56,000 + $56,000 = $112,000) def. Brad Tavares ($56,000)
Mike Trizano ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Joe Giannetti ($15,000)
Brad Katona ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Jay Cucciniello ($15,000)
Alex Caceres ($42,000 + $42,000 = $84,000) def. Martin Bravo ($25,000)
Roxanne Modafferi ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Barb Honchak ($10,000)
Alessio Di Chirico ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Julian Marquez ($12,000)

Montana De La Rosa ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Rachael Ostovich ($12,000)
Luis Pena ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Richie Smullen ($10,000)
John Gunther ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Allan Zuniga ($10,000)
Bryce Mitchell ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Tyler Diamond ($10,000)Steven Peterson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Matt Bessette ($12,000)
Gerald Meerschaert ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Oskar Piechota ($14,000)

UFC 226: Payout Perspective

July 11, 2018

Welcome to another edition of Payout Perspective.  In this edition we take a look at UFC 226 taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cormier is a Champ x2

Daniel Cormier knocked out Stipe Miocic to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship.  Cormier becomes just the second fighter (behind Conor McGregor) to hold titles in two divisions at the same time.  The former Olympian described post-fight that video study showed Stipe drops his hands coming out of the clinch and that is exactly how Cormier dropped Stipe with a short shot to the chin.

The bigger news came when Brock Lesnar came into the Octagon after the fight and shoved Cormier.  He then cut a promo on the heavyweight division and he weak it was.

Lesnar has been put back into USADA testing program and should be available by the end of the year.  Cormier, who has already announced his retirement plans on a handful of fights left despite just earning the title.  We shall see if one of those is his arch-nemesis Jon Jones.

Lewis-Ngannou turn in Worst Match of Year Candidate

This fight should have been one round.  Not because there was heavy-slugging and someone would have been knocked out, but because it was such a boring fight.  What most thought would be a back and forth home-run hitting fight, turned into one of the lowest striking fights in the history of the UFC.

Derrick Lewis came out as the “winner” although he stated he hurt his back during the fight.  Ngannou was buried post-fight by Dana White who claimed that the guy that was deemed a future superstar had an ego.

With Brock Lesnar coming in, Lewis will have to wait in line for a title shot.  More likely he’ll have to go through Curtis Blaydes before he gets a shot post-Lesnar fight.

Max Holloway pulls out of fight with Brian Ortega

Max Holloway was forced to pull out of his fight with Brian Ortega due to “concussion-like” symptoms.  Holloway’s team decided it best he not fight despite going through media obligations.  Ortega took it in stride but declined a fight against Jeremy Stephens as a replacement.  While Dana White was not pleased with missing a fight, Ortega had trained for Holloway and not Stephens.  A loss by Ortega would be a disaster for his title plans.  Remember Luke Rockhold did not have to take the fight with Yoel Romero when he missed weight.  He did and lost.

Attendance and Gate

Despite the loss of one title fight, it didn’t seem to damper the attendance.

Prior to the Holloway-Ortega fight being scrapped SeatGeek reported tickets on the secondary market being the highest since UFC 205 when the company had its first show in New York.

Bonuses

Daniel Cormier, Anthony Pettis, Khalil Rountree and Paulo Costa all received $50,000 bonuses.

Payouts

The Nevada Athletic Commission list of disclosed the full list of payouts prior to the event.  Stipe Miocic earned the most with $750,000 followed by Daniel Cormier’s $500,000.

Promotion of the Fight

The Embedded series seemed to have a focus on Ortega-Holloway from the outset and had to refocus and it appeared that there was a pause between episodes 3 and 4 so that they could do extra filming for Cormier, Miocic, Michael Chiesa, Anthony Pettis, Lewis and Ngannou.

Toyo Tires was active leading up to this event as it had a new commercial with former rivals T.J. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz starring and former UFC light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin in a starring role.

The company also ran a marketing campaign with Brian Ortega ads.

Metro PCS ran a social media campaign using Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier in promoting their SuperFight.

Did Drake reference Max Holloway in “8 out of 10” on his new album?  I didn’t think so.  The UFC paid homage to the Scorpion album with an Instagram post hyping the main event.

Next Saturday's OFFICIAL tracklist. 🦂 #UFC226

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Ratings (all on FS1)

UFC Weigh-Ins – 239K

UFC Pre-Show – 254K

UFC Prelims – 668K (peaked at 800K in the 9:45-10:00pm ET quarter hr)

UFC Post Show – 155K

Sponsorships

UFC sponsors Harley Davidson, Metro PCS, Toyo Tires, Monster Energy, EA’s UFC 3 and Modelo in the center of the Octagon. It also had signage for EA UFC’s latest version of its video game and the first glimpses of the logo for the company’s 25th Anniversary show in November.

There was an extended promotion for the latest version of EA’s UFC 3 with Tito Ortiz and Kimbo Slice.

Kamaru Usman introduced the promoted movie for this event, Denzel Washington’s

Odds and ends

It was International Fight Week which included the induction of individuals (and a fight) into the Hall of Fame.  Headlining the list was Ronda Rousey.  It also gave us a Chuck-Tito faceoff for a fight that appears to be happening in 2018 or 2019.

Despite an International Fight Week curse of headlining matches scratched, UFC 226 came through with several great main card performances from Khalil Rountree, Anthony Pettis and Daniel Cormier.  Also, the Mike Perry-Paul Felder fight was an entertaining bloodbath with Felder fighting at least 2 rounds with a broken arm or hand.

Dominick Cruz covering the fights during media leadup and as analyst on the PPV broadcast is great.

Chiesa missed weight but wore a Shawn Kemp jersey so he gets some press here.

We are underway in Vegas! #TUF27 #UFC226

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Conclusion

This was the biggest UFC event to date and with the 25th Anniversary Show being announced in November and a possible Cormier-Lesnar fight to end in December the latter half of 2018 could be exciting. The loss of Holloway-Ortega did not hurt the gate, but it may have hurt the PPV. Despite being one of the best ever, Cormier has yet to prove he is a PPV draw without Jon Jones. So, this event likely does above average but still nowhere near Conor/Ronda levels. Look for estimates between 450,000 to 500,000.

Miocic tops UFC 226 salaries

July 6, 2018

The Nevada Athletic Commission has disclosed the payouts for UFC 226 tomorrow.  Stipe Miocic is making $750,000 for his title defense against Daniel Cormier.

The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is making $500,000 for his part in the main event.

The rest of the payouts via MMA Junkie:

  • Champ Stipe Miocic: $750,000 (no win bonus)
    Champ Daniel Cormier: $500,000 (no win bonus)
  • Francis Ngannou: $100,000 to show ($100,000 to win)
    Derrick Lewis: $130,000 to show ($130,000 to win)
  • Michael Chiesa: $48,000 to show ($48,000 to win)*
    Anthony Pettis: $135,000 to show ($135,000 to win)
  • Gokhan Saki: $85,000 to show ($55,000 to win)
    Khalil Rountree: $19,000 to show ($19,000 to win)
  • Uriah Hall: $48,000 to show ($48,000 to win)
    Paulo Costa: $55,000 to show ($55,000 to win)
  • Paul Felder: $46,000 to show ($46,000 to win)
    Mike Perry: $40,000 to show ($40,000 to win)
  • Raphael Assuncao: $70,000 to show ($60,000 to win)
    Rob Font: $33,000 to show ($33,000 to win)
  • Curtis Millender: $15,000 to show ($15,000 to win)
    Max Griffin: $20,000 to show ($20,000 to win)
  • Daniel Hooker: $30,000 to show ($30,000 to win)
    Gilbert Burns: $31,000 to show ($31,000 to win)
  • Landon Vannata: $25,000 to show ($25,000 to win)
    Drakkar Klose: $22,000 to show ($22,000 to win)
  • Jamie Moyle: $12,000 to show ($12,000 to win)
    Emily Whitmire: $10,000 to show ($10,000 to win)

Payout Perspective:

Michael Chiesa is forfeiting 30% of his purse to Anthony Pettis due to not making weight.  Pettis is making a gaudy $135,000 to show and $135,000 to win plus Chiesa’s $14,400 which will have him nearing $300,000 if he wins.  The co-main event of Ngannou and Lewis drew the second-highest payout on the card with Ngannou having a chance for $200K and Lewis at $260,000.  It goes to show that the heavyweight division is the big-pay division.

Roster payouts from Horn-Crawford event

June 17, 2018

MMA Payout has obtained the official payout sheet from last Saturday’s Jeff Horn-Terrence Crawford fight taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Terrence Crawford earned $1.75 million for his TKO victory over Jeff Horn.  Crawford won the WBO World Welterweight Title.  Horn earned $500,000 according to the disclosure from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  Notably, Horn did not make weight for the fight.

The other payouts on the card are as follows.

Antonio Moran – $12,500

Jose Pedraza – $35,000

 

Maxim Dadashev – $17,500

Darleys Perez – $35,000

 

Frank Rojas – $15,000

Jose Benavidez – $35,000

 

Shakur Stevenson – $20,000

Aelio DeMesquita – $8,000

 

Steven Nelson – $5,000

Deshon Webster – $7,500

 

Gabriel Flores, Jr. – $5,000

Jorge Rojas Zacatzontetl -$1,000

 

David Kaminsky – $2,000

Trevor Lavin – $8,000

Mayweather on top of Forbes highest-paid list

June 6, 2018

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. earned a reported $285 million last year for his August fight with Conor McGregor which propelled him to the top of Forbes’ highest-paid athletes.  McGregor drew $99 million for his part in The Money Fight.

Other combat sports athletes include Canelo Alvarez at #15 earning $44.5 million in 2017.  The man he fought last May, Gennady Golovkin drew $25 million last year making him 72nd on the list.  Anthony Joshua earned $39 million including a whopping $7 million in endorsements.  The heavyweight champ was #25 on the list.

Payout Perspective:

McGregor earned a reported $14 million in endorsements versus Mayweather’s $10 million.  Canelo earned just $2.5 million which is surprising for such a start especially in Mexico.  You can see the appeal of Joshua as he has been a sponsor draw.  GGG has a Jumpman sponsorship but not a lot after that as he made $2 million in endorsements.  The list shows that boxing had a big year for some of its biggest stars.  It also speaks to how far behind MMA is in payouts for its top draws.  McGregor makes the list but its buoyed by his fight with Mayweather.

Bellator 199 payouts: 3 earn $150K

May 18, 2018

The California State Athletic Commission released the purses from Saturday night’s Bellator 199 in San Jose, Caliornia.  Three fighters earned $150,000 each.

The breakdown by MMA Junkie:

  • Ryan Bader $150,000 (no win bonus)
    Muhammed Lawal: $150,000 (no win bonus)
  • Jon Fitch $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
    Paul Daley $30,000
  • Aaron Pico $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
    Lee Morrison $12,000
  • Cheick Kongo $150,000 (no win bonus)
    Javy Ayala $30,000
  • Adam Piccolotti: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
    Carrington Banks $14,000
  • Deron Winn $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
    Ahmed White $1,200
  • Justin Tenedora $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
    David Rivera $1,200
  • Gaston Bolanos $5,000 (no win bonus)
    Malcolm Hill $1,200
  • James Terry $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Danasabe Mohammed $1,500
  • Amber Leibrock $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
    Janay Harding $10,000
  • Jordan Williams $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
    Brandon Hester $1,750
  • Hyder Amil $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
    Elias Anderson $1,200
  • Ignacio Ortiz $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
    Matt Aragoni $1,200
  • Mark Climaco $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
    Daniel Oseguera $1,200
  • J. Okanovich $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
    def. Hugo Lujan $1,200
  • Thomas Ponce de Leon $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
    Dominic Sumner $1,200
  • Hohelin Hernandez $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
    Josh San Diego $2,000
  • Josh Paiva $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
    Adam Antolin $2,500
  • Cass Bell $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
    Khai Wu $1,200

Payout Perspective:

King Mo, Ryan Bader and Cheick Kongo earned the most for this card.  Kongo should not be a surprise with his earnings as he’s an established veteran that is a ratings magnet.  We will see if fighters earning six figures becomes more of a common happening for Bellator.

Poirier tops UFC on Fox 29 roster payouts

April 16, 2018

MMA Junkie has obtained the payouts from Saturday night’s UFC on Fox 29 card.  Dustin Poirier topped the roster of fighters with $170,000 for his victory over Justin Gaethje. Gaethje received $110,000 for his efforts in addition to the $50,000 Fight of the Night Bonus with Poirier.

Carlos Condit ($115,000) and Alex Oliveira ($100,000) were the other fighters to make six figures on Saturday.

The rest of the payouts as disclosed by the Arizona Boxing & MMA Commission.

Dustin Poirier: $170,000 (includes $85,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Gaethje: $110,000

Alex Oliveira: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Carlos Condit $115,000

Israel Adesanya: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus)
def. Marvin Vettori $20,000

Michelle Waterson: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
def. Cortney Casey $33,000

Antonio Carlos Junior: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Boetsch $72,000

Muslim Salikhov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ricky Rainey $14,000

John Moraga: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus)
def. Wilson Reis $31,000

Brad Tavares: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
def. Krzysztof Jotko $36,000

Gilbert Burns: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Moret $12,000

Lauren Mueller: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Shana Dobson $12,000

Yushin Okami: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Dhiego Lima $15,000

Adam Wieczorek: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Arjan Bhullar $12,000

Alejandro Perez: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
ef. Matthew Lopez $33,000

Luke Sanders: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Patrick Williams $12,000

Payout Perspective:

Gaethje has earned 4 bonuses in his 3 fights in the UFC.  He is an entertaining fighter with a style that is not long for a career.  But, he is making a lot of fans while he’s here.  Returning Yushin Okami made $70,000 ($35K and $35K).  It was his second fight in the UFC since returning from the PFL. His last fight in the PFL he made $50,000 ($25K and $25K).  Oliveira, filling in for Matt Brown, collected $150,000.  The Cowboy made $50K and $50K plus another $50K performance bonus for his upset over Condit

Stephens tops UFC on Fox 28 salaries

March 4, 2018

UFC on Fox 28 salaries were disclosed this past week.  The event took place last week in Orlando, Florida.

Jeremy Stephens: $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Emmett: $45,000

Jessica Andrade: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
def. Tecia Torres: $36,000

Ilir Latifi: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Ovince Saint Preux: $83,000

Max Griffin: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Perry: $40,000

Brian Kelleher: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Renan Barao: $53,000

Marion Reneau: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Sara McMann: $38,000

Angela Hill: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Maryna Moroz: $23,000

Alan Jouban: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
def. Ben Saunders: $23,000

Sam Alvey: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
def. Marcin Prachnio: $25,000

Rani Yahya: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
def. Russell Doane: $22,000

Alex Perez: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Eric Shelton: $12,000

Manny Bermudez: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Albert Morales: $15,000

Cyborg tops UFC 222 salaries

March 4, 2018

Cris Cyborg led the list of athlete reported pay for Saturday night’s UFC 222 in Las Vegas.  The Nevada Athletic Commission released the information.

Cris Cyborg: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Yana Kunitskaya: $100,000

Brian Ortega: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Frankie Edgar: $195,000

Sean O’Malley: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Andre Soukhamthath: $19,000

Andrei Arlovski: $275,000 (no win bonus)
def. Stefan Struve: $77,000

Ketlen Vieira: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Cat Zingano: $35,000

Mackenzie Dern: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Ashley Yoder: $12,000

Alexander Hernandez: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Beneil Dariush: $48,000

John Dodson: $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
def. Pedro Munhoz: $34,000

C.B. Dollaway: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
def. Hector Lombard: $62,000

Zak Ottow: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Pyle: $55,000

Cody Stamann: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Bryan Caraway: $21,000

Jordan Johnson: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Adam Milstead: $12,000

Payout Perspective:

Cyborg with another big payday.  The $500,000 appears to be her reported purse limit but she likely receives a pay per view cut.  Notable payouts include $275,000 for Arlovski, $195,000 for Edgar in a losing effort and Mackenzie Dern receiving $25,000 and $25,000 in her promotional debut.

Danny Garcia tops salaries for HBO event at Mandalay Bay

February 26, 2018

MMA Payout has obtained from the Nevada Athletic Commission the payouts, attendance and gates from last week’s boxing event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center featuring Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios.

The event sold 4,139 tickets for a gate of $925,180.  There were 1,439 total comps.

The payouts were as follows:

Danny Garcia $1,250,000 def. Brandon Rios $500,000

Yordenis Ugas Hernadez $40,000 def. Ray Robinson $30,000

Anthony David Benavidez $400,000 def. Ronald Gravil $125,000

Edwin Rodriguez $12,500 def. Lionell Thompson $14,000

Cameron Ray Burroughs $3,000 def. Jonathan Louis Esquivel $2,000

Joseph Don Spencer $2,500 def. Uriel Gonzalez Anquilo $1,750

Ladarius Miller $10,000 def. Carlos Padilla $8,000

Andres Cortes $4,500 def. Fatioou Fassinou $3,000

Brian Gallegos $4,500 def. Sulaiman Segawa $3,000

Payout Perspective:

A lot of comps for this event with Garcia making more than the entire gross gate for the event.  Aside from Rios, Benavidez, the 168 pound title-holder made the most on the night.  The breakdown of purse sheet was an interesting look at how much is advanced, withheld and given to managers.  According to NAC, Benavidez paid his manager $133,320.  It was the most paid out to a manager.

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