UFC 236 reveal Holloway and Adesanya top roster of salaries

April 15, 2019

Max Holloway and Israel Adesanya led the list of fighter payouts each receiving $350,000.

The Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission disclosed the payroll which totaled at $1,972,000.

The payouts (as compiled by MMA Junkie) are as follows:

Dustin Poirier: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Max Holloway: $350,000

Israel Adesanya: $350,000 (no win bonus)
def. Kelvin Gastelum: $150,000

Khalil Rountree: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Eryk Anders: $50,000

Dwight Grant: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Alan Jouban: $43,000

Nikita Krylov: $160,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
def. Ovince Saint Preux: $86,000

Matt Frevola: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jalin Turner: $12,000

Alexandre Pantoja: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Wilson Reis: $34,000

Max Griffin: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Zelim Imadaev: $10,000

Khalid Taha: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Boston Salmon: $10,000

Belal Muhammad: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Curtis Millender: $31,000

Montel Jackson: $24,000 (includes $12,00 win bonus)
def. Andre Soukhamthath: $22,000

Poliana Botelho: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Lauren Mueller: $12,000

Brandon Davis: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Randy Costa: $12,000

Payout Perspective:

It appears that the title fights payouts will no longer have win bonus based on the last couple of disclosed payouts we’ve seen.  Gastelum receiving a $150,000 flat payout seems underpaid for this event and perhaps interim title fight payouts seems not on the same scale as other title match-ups.

Pettis tops UFC Fight Night Nashville payouts

April 9, 2019

MMA Payout has obtained the payouts from the UFC Fight Night event last month in Nashville.  Anthony “Showtime” Pettis earned over $300,000 with his fight purse.

Pettis earned a KO over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.  He received $145,000 to show and another $145,00 for the win.  Thompson earned $120,000 to show and would have doubled that with a win.  Notably, the payout sheet received from the Tennessee Athletic Commission indicated Wonderboy would receive $12,000 to show although I would assume that is a typo.

The rest of the payouts are as follows:

Anthony Pettis: $145K/$145K

Stephen Thompson:  $120K


Curtis Blaydes: $75K/$75K

Justin Willis:  $38K


John Makdessi: $44K/$44K

Jesus Pineda:  $12K


Deiveson Figueiredo: $23K/$23K

Jussier Vieira: $46K


Luis Pena:  $8,400/$12,000 (Luis forfeited a percentage of his purse to Petersen for missing weight)

Stephen Petersen: $15,600


Maycee Barber: $12K/$12K

JJ Aldrich: $21K


Bryce Mitchell:  $12K/$12K

Bobby Moffett: $12K


Marlon Vera:  $45K/$45K

Frankie Saenz:  $30K


Alex Davis: $35K/$35K

Jennifer Maia: $12K


Randa Markos: $25K/$25K

Angela Hill: $24K


Ryan McDonald:  $10K/$10K

Chris Gutierrez: $10K


Eric Shelton: $14K/$14K

Jordan Espinosa: $10K

Payout Perspective:

Pena had to forfeit a portion of his purse to Petersen thus the $8,400 for the show and $12,000 for the win.  Pettis’ $290K plus his Performance Bonus upped his takeaway salary and Reebok pay to over $350K.  A good night for Showtime who may have found a new home in the welterweight division.

UFC on ESPN + 6 Promotional Guideline Payouts

March 25, 2019

UFC on ESPN + 6 took place in Nashville, Tennessee this past Saturday.  The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay totaled $152,500.

Main-eventer Anthony Pettis earned $20,000 for his 22nd fight with Zuffa (including WEC).  Pettis was the only fighter on the card with over 20 fights which would qualify him for the $20,000 payment level.  Stephen Thompson’s 14 fights in the UFC gave him $10,000.  John Makdessi was the only other fighter on the card that drew over $10,000 with $15,000 for the fighter after his 16th fight with the company.

The payouts are as follows (h/t compilation via MMA Junkie):

Anthony Pettis: $20,000
def. Stephen Thompson: $10,000

Curtis Blaydes: $5,000
def. Justin Willis: $4,000

John Makdessi: $15,000
def. Jesus Pinedo: $3,500

Jussier Formiga: $10,000
def. Deiveson Figueiredo: $4,000

Luis Pena: $3,500
def. Steven Peterson: $3,500

Maycee Barber: $3,500
def. J.J. Aldrich: $4,000

Bryce Mitchell: $3,500
def. Bobby Moffett: $3,500

Marlon Vera: $10,000
def. Frankie Saenz: $5,000

Jennifer Maia: $3,500
def. Alexis Davis: $10,000

Randa Markos: $10,000
def. Angela Hill: $5,000

Chris Gutierrez: $3,500
def. Ryan MacDonald: $3,500

Eric Shelton: $5,000
def. Jordan Espinosa: $3,500

Porter tops payroll from Saturday’s PBC on Fox card

March 13, 2019

The California State Athletic Commission has disclosed the payouts from Saturday’s event at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.  Main card fighters Shawn Porter and Yordenis Ugas topped the payouts.


Viktor Slavinskyi $4,000 def

Luis May $5,500

Justin Cardona $2,000 def

Phillip Bounds  $1,800

Jesus Cuellar $40,000 def

Carlos Padilla $1,000

Robert Guerrero $25,000 def

Hevinson Herrera  $1,000

Jose Perez $2,000 def

Carlos Trevino $2,000

Ruben Rodriguez $4,000 def

Jeremiah De Los Santos $1,800

David Gomez $1,000 def

George Carranza $2,000

Issaac Avelar $6,000 def

Juan Antonio Lopez $6,500

Rolando Romero $6,000 def

Nicolas Atilio Velazquez $1,000

Eimantas Stanionis $8,000 def

Samuel Figueroa $10,000

Juan Carlos Payano $5,000 def

Damien Vazquez $15,000

Efe Ajagba $8,000 def

Amir Mansour $25,000

Francisco Santana $50,000 def

Abel Ramos $50,000

Shawn Porter $1.2M def

Yordenis Ugas $300,000


UFC 235 Payout Perspective

March 6, 2019

Welcome to another edition of Payout Perspective.  In this edition, we take a look at UFC 235 at The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jones dominates Smith

Jon Jones did not have the best day at the office but he thoroughly outclassed Anthony Smith to retain his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.  There was no threat by Smith to Jones throughout the whole 5 rounds and the Bones cruised to a unanimous decision.  Smith stated that he was “nullified” by Jones during the fight which seems like the most appropriate description of the fight.

Of course, Jon Jones cannot escape controversy.  An almost soccer-kick to a grounded Anthony Smith could have cost Jones but he missed. Then, another knee to the head that landed could have cost Jones the title.  But Smith decided to continue and despite not taking the way out to win the championship, he was applauded by the announcers.

Jones now has a choice of opponents from the Light Heavyweight division although there doesn’t seem to be anyone that pops out as someone fans want to see.

Usman wins middleweight title

Kamaru Usman took the middleweight title away from Tyron Woodley with an impressive battering of the former champ.  Arguably, Usman had 2 or 3 “10-8” rounds which underscored his dominant performance.

Usman’s victory makes him the first fighter of African descent to hold a world title in the UFC.  He now is scheduled to face Colby Covington in defense of the title.  If that falls through, Ben Askren might be another name waiting in the wings for a shot.

Attendance, gate and bonuses

UFC 235 drew 14,790 fans for a gate of $4,035,156.50 as announced at the post-fight press conference.  It was the 6th best announced attendance and gate at T-Mobile.  It was not a full house, but decent attendance and a good gate.

The bonuses went to Pedro Munhoz and Cody Garbrandt for Fight of the Night. Johnnie Walker and Diego Sanchez earned Performance Bonuses for their respective stoppages.  Each earned $50,000.

Ticket demand was pretty big for this event as the average resale price for UFC 235 was $409 as of Monday of Fight week.  The cheapest get-in ticket was $137.

Promotion of the Event

While it may have gone under the radar, the UFC is utilizing the new Instagram feature which allows videos on its platform.  The company has been doing it for the past several events.  This time around one of the features included Jones-Gustafsson 2.  Getting people to see fights for free on multiple platforms (i.e., YouTube and Instagram) helps promote the fighters and more importantly the PPV.

There was no press conference involving the featured fighters during Fight Week which may be due in part to protect Jon Jones from questions regarding USADA.

Jones’ drug tests were revealed leading up to his fight against Anthony Smith.  Two out of five tests revealed show positive for the same banned substance in Jones’ system.  The UFC’s Jeff Novitzky answered questions during the media scrum which included his support of the Nevada Athletic Commission’s statement.  The two talking points of interest stressed by Novitsky was that the tests reveal no re-administration of the drug and that there would be no performance enhancing benefit.

Colby Covington went to Vegas to raise a ruckus and he did a pretty good job of doing it.  He crashed Kamaru Usman’s open workouts, he tracked down Dana White while gambling, showed up at UFC 234 and caused a disruption post-fight with Kamaru Usman and then round 2 in a buffet line in Vegas according to Covington.  The former interim welterweight champion looks have Usman next.


Trifecta was utilized much more in the Embedded episodes as Anthony Smith openly talked about how it has helped him with nutrition.  In addition, they were on the mat in the Octagon.

It also sponsored the Fight Card prep.

Also, in the Octagon was Nemifor, the Amazon original mini-series, “Hanna,” betting site PariMatch, P3, the video game Dead Red Redemption II, Modelo, Monster Energy, convenience store Rebel, BodyArmor, Toyo Tires and Monster Energy in the center.  Also, broadcast partner ESPN+ had signage on one of the posts.

The UFC announced a multi-year marketing partnership with Devour as its “Official Frozen Meal of UFC.”

Although there was no major announcement, the UFC entered into a partnership with Heed, a data analytics company that specializes in fan engagement.  Presumably, the promotion will be working with Heed to develop information based on research which would appeal to the UFC’s target demo.  Heed, according to its web site, works on facilitating engagement with youth.

Metro by T-Mobile activated through its social media by having its own watch show.


UFC Prelims on ESPN: 1.4 Million (first overall in original cable telecasts for Saturday)


Payouts for the event can be found here.  Both Woodley and Jones earned a flat $500K as defending champions while challengers Kamaru Usman and Anthony Smith received flat fees of $350K.

Reebok Promotional Guidelines Compliance Pay

Jon Jones: $40,000 def. Anthony Smith: $30,000
Kamaru Usman: $30,000 def. Tyron Woodley: $40,000
Ben Askren: $3,500 def. Robbie Lawler: $20,000
Weili Zhang: $3,500 def. Tecia Torres: $5,000
Pedro Munhoz: $10,000 def. Cody Garbrandt: $5,000
Zabit Magomedsharipov: $4,000 def. Jeremy Stephens: $20,000
Johnny Walker: $3,500 def. Misha Cirkunov: $5,000
Cody Stamann: $4,000 def. Alejandro Perez: $5,000
Diego Sanchez: $20,000 def. Mickey Gall: $5,000
Edmen Shahbazyan: $3,500 def. Charles Byrd: $3,500
Macy Chiasson: $3,500 def. Gina Mazany: $4,000
Hannah Cifers: $3,500 def. Polyana Viana: $3,500

Odds and ends

ONE FC sent congratulations to Ben Askren as he made his UFC debut.

UFC unveiled the first PSA of its Opioid campaign in conjunction with the Trump Administration.

Dave Meltzer reported that Mickey Gall passed out while cutting weight during fight week which may have attributed to his loss.

Bad night for refs.  Marc Goddard broke apart Usman and Woodley a couple times when Usman was working.  Herb Dean may have stopped the Robbie Lawler-Ben Askren fight prematurely and then he had the issues with the Jon Jones illegal strikes.

But Lawler was classy despite the confusion.



It’s clear that the ESPN relationship has helped with viewership for the UFC as the prelims hit one of its biggest highs since starting the pre-PPV cards.  It also drew over 1M google searches on Saturday which may mean PPV success for the event.  While UFC 232 drew an estimated 700,000 PPV buys featuring Jones, this event did not have as much controversy as this past December’s card. I would suspect that due to Jon Jones’ return we will see an uptick over the norm of PPV buys and get a buy rate of around 450K buys.

Full roster of UFC 235 payouts

March 4, 2019

The Nevada Athletic Commission have released the full roster of payouts for UFC 235.  While the initial main card participants were revealed on Saturday, the full list was disclosed on Monday.

Hanna Cifers  $12,000/$12,000 def.

Pliana Viana Mota  $12,000

Macy Chiasson $25,000/$25,000 def.

Gina Mazany $14,000

Edmen Shahbazyan $13,000/$13,000 def.

Charles Byrd $12,000

Diego Sanchez $99,000/$99,000 def.

Mickey Gall $30,000

Cody Stamann $33,000/$33,000 def.

Alejandro Perez $42,000

Johnny Walker $45,000/$45,000 def.

Mikhail Cirkunovs $63,000

Zabit Magomedsharipov $55,000/$55,000 def.

Jeremy Stephens $67,000

Pedro Munhoz $48,000/$48,000 def.

Cody Garbrandt $130,000

Weili Zhang $18,000/$18,000 def.

Tecia Torres $36,000

Ben Askren $200,000/$150,000 def.

Robbie Lawler $200,000

Kamaru Usman $350,000 def.

Tyron Woodley $500,000

Jon Jones $500,000 def.

Anthony Smith $350,000

Notably, one fight was scratched with the Marlon Vera/Frankie Saenz being cancelled.

Payout Perspective:

Notable payouts from the list include Diego Sanchez making over $200,000 (including Performance Bonus) and $350,000 for Ben Askren.  Also, Johnny Walker is already up to $45,000/$45,000 in his UFC career.

Jones, Woodley earn $500K paydays for UFC 235

March 2, 2019

The Nevada State Athletic Commission disclosed the salaries for the main card on Saturday night.  Jon Jones and Tyron Woodley top the card with $500,000 paydays.

Jones’ challenger for the Light Heavyweight Championship, Anthony Smith, will make $350,000.  Woodley’s challenger, Kamru Usman also gets $350,000.

Robbie Lawler will make $200,000 and another $100,000 if he wins.  Ben Askren has a similar deal except he will make $200,000 to show and another $150,000 for winning. Also, Cody Garbrandt will make $130,000 to show and another $130,000 for winning against Pedro Munhoz tonight.

Via LA Times’ Lance Pugmire:

Payout Perspective:

We could be seeing a new trend for payouts for champs and challengers.  But the most of the main card seems top-heavy with the salaries as 7 of the 10 main card fighters are guaranteed six figure paydays.

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.

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