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.

Miocic tops UFC 220 salaries

January 31, 2018

The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission revealed the salaries for UFC 220.  As expected, the main event competitors made the most on the card.

As compiled by MMA Junkie:

Stipe Miocic $600,000 (no win bonus)
def. Franciso Ngannou $500,000

Daniel Cormier $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Volkan Oezdemir $350,000

Calvin Kattar $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Burgos $22,000

Gian Villante $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Francimar Barrosso $27,000

Rob Font $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Thomas Almeida $36,000

Kyle Bochniak $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Davis $10,000

Abdul Razak Alhassan $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Sabah Homasi $12,000

Dustin Ortiz $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Alexandre Pantoja $14,000

Julio Arce $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Ige $10,000

Enrique Barzola $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Bessette $12,000

Islam Makhachev $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Gleison Tibau $50,000

Payout Perspective:

This is the third straight fight where the payout for the Heavyweight champ is $600,000 with no win bonus.  Unless he’s getting an incremental step up in PPV upside this seems like the champ is underpaid.  Miocic drew the top salary on the card with DC and Ngannou right after him followed by Oezdemir.  Ngannou had indicated he’d be making $500,000 for the fight. Gian Villante was the only other fighter to earn six figures from their purse and win bonus.

UFC Heavyweight sets up GoFundMe to pay for his corner to fly to Brazil

January 24, 2018

UFC Heavyweight Timothy Johnson set up a GoFundMe page to assist in bringing two of his cornermen to Brazil for next weekend’s fight against Luis Henrique at UFC Fight Night 125 in Brazil.  Fortunately, for the 32-year-old fighter, his needs have been met but his plight presents the issue of dealing with costs and travel for a regular fighter on the card.

Coming off of a loss, Johnson is 3-3 in the UFC.  He’s fought in Croatia, Northern Island, England and now Brazil.  One of the issues in traveling long distances is that for most fighters, the UFC only pays for one cornerman to come with a fighter.  Without the necessary funds from sponsors, Johnson had to ask help from the MMA community.

Fortunately, he was able to surpass the $4,000 he was requesting.  One individual donated $3,500.  Al Iaquinta provided $50.  No verification if that is the UFC fighter or someone using Iaquinta’s name.

Johnson’s only officially reported payout was from his debut fight in April 2015 where he earned $8,000 to show and $8,000 to win.  Based on his record of 3-3, he is estimated to move up to $16,000 and $16,000 on the pay scale plus his Reebok payout of $5,000.

You may or may not recall former UFC fighter John Cholish indicate that he actually lost money by fighting in Brazil when he paid for two of his coaches to fly to corner him.

Payout Perspective:

The GoFundMe account is the stark reality of not being Conor McGregor in the UFC.  There is a low-to-mid-class fighter that does not have enough funds to pay for travel.  At 3-3, this is a big fight for Johnson if he wants to continue on with the company and he probably wants full access from all of his coaches to win. There is the issue of how the coaches will be compensated by Johnson for his travel which will likely come out of his pay for the fight.

Rampage, Sonnen top Bellator 192 payouts

January 22, 2018

MMA Fighting reports the salaries from this past Saturday’s Bellator 192.  Four fighters made six figures including the main event competitors, Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson.

Both Sonnen and Jackson earned $300,000 each.  Sonnen, who defeated Jackson did not receive a win bonus. Rory MacDonald earned $100,000 in defeating Douglas Lima who also made $100,000.  MacDonald did not have a win bonus attached although he picked up a cryptocurrency sponsor.

The other payouts as produced by the California State Athletic Commission via MMA Fighting:

Michael Chandler ($50,000 + no win bonus = $50,000) def. Goat Yamauchi ($23,000)

Aaron Pico ($30,000 + $30,000 = $60,000) def. Shane Kruchten ($10,000)

Henry Corrales ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Georgi Karakhanyan ($26,000)

Joey Davis ($7,000 + no win bonus = $7,000) def. Ian Butler ($1,500)

Jose Campos ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Haim Gozali ($10,000)

Devon Brock ($1,000 + 1,000 = $2,000) vs. Khonry Gracie ($10,000)

Guilherme Bomba ($40,000 + no win bonus = $40,000) def. Ivan Castillo ($2,500)

Johnny Cisneros ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Marlen Magee ($1,500)

Kyle Estrada ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. David Duran ($2,250)

Roosevelt Roberts ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Tommy Aaron ($2,000)

Arthur Estrazulas ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Mike Segura ($2,000)

Jalin Turner ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Noah Tillis ($1,500)

Gabriel Green ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Christopher Padilla ($2,000)

Chad George ($3,000 + $3000) def. James Barnes ($2,250)

Cooper Gibson ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Andrew Lazo ($1,500)

Payout Perspective:

The payouts are more than a usual Bellator show.  With Sonnen and Jackson, the payouts were expected to high.  MacDonald and Lima reflect the Bellator pay scale increasing to the level of fighter.  The obvious disparity here is Aaron Pico earning more (reportedly anyway) than Michael Chandler.  On the other end of the spectrum, there are low payouts for some of the prelim fighter with the lowest pay being $1,500-$2,000.

Entire list of disclosed payouts from UFC 219

January 3, 2018

MMA Payout has obtained the salaries for the entire card from UFC 219 this past Saturday.  As previously revealed, the main event participants were the highest paid on the card.

Via the Nevada Athletic Commission:

Cristiane Justino:  $500,000 (no win bonus) def. Holly Holm:  $300,000

Khabib Nurmegomedov $160,000 ($80K/$80K) def. Edson Barboza:  $75,000

Daniel Hooker:  $48,000 ($24K/$24K) def. Marc Diakiese: $24,000

Carla Esparza $72,000 ($36K/$36K) def. Cynthia Calvillo $41,000

Neil Magny: $140,000 ($70K/$70K) def. Carlos Condit:  $115,000

Michal Oleksiejczuk: $24,000 ($12K/$12K) def. Khalil Rountree: $19,000

Myles Jury:  $66,000 ($33K/$33K) def. Ricky Lee Glenn $22,000

Marvin Vettori:  $20,000 draw Oman Akhmedov: $29,000

Matheus Nicolau Pereira:  $28,000 ($14K/$14K) def. Louis Smolka:  $32,000

Tim Elliott:  $54,000 ($28K/$28K) def. Mark De La Rosa:  $12,000

Payout Perspective:

What probably jumps out from the payouts is the championship fight salaries.  While no win bonus, the reported payout does not include any PPV points that might be triggered if the PPV hits a certain buy rate.  Aside from the top of the card, all other fighters would have earned double their purse if they prevailed.

Cyborg and Holm top UFC 219 salaries

December 30, 2017

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports some of the purses for Saturday night’s UFC 219. Cristiane Justino will earn $500,000 while Holly Holm will make $300,000.

Both main event fighters will not receive a win bonus if they prevail. Although, the hefty show purses should compensate for the lack of a win bonus. Khabib Nurmogomedov will draw $80,000 and another $80,000 to win. Edson Barboza will earn $75,000 and $75,000 for a win.

Carlos Condit’s return will draw him $115,000 and $115,000 and his opponent Neil Magny will earn $70,000 and $70,000.

Cynthia Calvillo will earn $41,000/$41,000 and Carla Esparza will earn $36,000/$36,000.

Payout Perspective:

Cyborg’s last fight at UFC 214 drew $200,000 (no win bonus) against Tonya Evinger. Holm’s last reported fight purse was in March 2016 when she made $500,000 in a win against Miesha Tate. Since then, Holm has had 3 more fights and one might infer that she has not made as much since defending the title although I would surmise she’s made 6 figures in each of the last 3 fights. It’s likely that we’ll get the rest of the payouts after the event from the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Moraes leads fighter roster of payouts for UFC Fight Night 123

December 13, 2017

MMA Junkie reports the payouts from this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123.  Marlon Moraes took home the highest disclosed payout of $146,000.

Moraes knocked out Aljamain Sterling with a knee.  For his troubles, Sterling earned $36,000.  Brian Ortega received $68,000 including a $29,000 bonus and Cub Swanson earned $76,000.

The payouts were disclosed by the California State Athletic Commission:

Brian Ortega: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Cub Swanson: $76,000

Gabriel Benitez: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Jason Knight: $31,000

Marlon Moraes : $146,000 (includes $73,000 win bonus)
def. Aljamain Sterling: $36,000

Scott Holtzman: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Darrell Horcher: $15,000

Eryk Anders: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Markus Perez: $12,000

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

Alexis Davis: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Liz Carmouche: $30,000

Andre Soukhamthath: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Luke Sanders: $12,000

Alex Perez: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Carls John de Tomas: $10,000

Frankie Saenz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Merab Dvalishvili: $10,000

Alejandro Perez: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Iuri Alcantara: $39,000

Davi Ramos: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Gruetzemacher: $12,000

Trevin Giles: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Braga Neto: $10,000

Payout Perspective:

The total payroll for the event was $866,000 with the former WSOF champ making almost $200,000 with the inclusion of his $50,000 Performance Bonus.  Moraes was making $90K and $90K with WSOF, but there’s likely more room to grow (read: make more money in the longrun) in the UFC.

Flyweight title fight draw top salaries for TUF 26 Finale

December 4, 2017

The TUF 26 Finale finalists earned $100,000 for their efforts Friday night.  Nicco Monsanto and Roxanne Modaferri earned $100,000 each.

Monsanto, the inaugural 125-pound women’s champion, did not earn a win bonus for her victory.

Via MMA Junkie:

Nicco Montano: $100,000 (no win bonus)
def. Roxanne Modafferi: $100,000

Sean O’Malley: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Terrion Ware: $10,000

Lauren Murphy: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Barb Honchak: $10,000

Gerald Meerschaert: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Eric Spicely: $14,000

DeAnna Bennett: $10,000*
vs. Melinda Fabian: $10,000*

Brett Johns: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Soto: $31,000

Montana De La Rosa: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Christina Marks: $10,000

Ryan Janes: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Andrew Sanchez: $28,000

Rachael Ostovich: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Karine Gevorgyan: $10,000

Shana Dobson: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ariel Beck: $10,000

Gillian Robertson: $20,000 (includes $ win bonus)
def. Emily Whitmire: $10,000

Bennett and Fabian’s fight resulted in a draw.

Payout Perspective:

The $100K salaries for the finalists is much more than the $30K ($15K win/$15K show) purse for TUF 25 winner Jesse Taylor and runner-up Dhiego Lima ($15K).  TUF 24 challenger Tim Elliott received $100K for his chance to challenge Demetrious Johnson.  Thus, it appears that $100K is the threshold pay for a title fight for the TUF series.

Pitbull tops Bellator 183 paydays

September 26, 2017

MMA Fighting reports the salaries from Bellator’s event held in San Jose on Saturday night.  With his win, Patricky Pitbull was the top earner for the night making $110,000 for his split decision over former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson.

The California State Athletic Commission released the purses for the San Jose, California event.

Via MMA Fighting:

Patricky Freire ($65,000 + $45,000 = $110,000) def. Benson Henderson ($50,000)
Paul Daley ($50,000 + no win bonus = $50,000) def. Lorenz Larkin ($40,000)
Roy Nelson ($30,000 + $30,000 = $60,000) def. Javy Ayala ($50,000)
Aaron Pico ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Justin Linn ($4,000)
Goiti Yamauchi ($16,000 + $16,000 = $32,000) def. Adam Piccolotti ($18,000)

Tony Johnson ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Mike Ortega ($1,500)
Kaytlin Neil ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Brooke Mayo ($3,000)
Brandon Laroco ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Gaston Bolanos ($4,000)
Corina Herrera ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) vs. Jaymee Nievara ($1,500)
Fernando Gonzalez ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Alex Lopez ($2,500)
Ricardo Vasquez ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Justin Tenedora ($1,500)
J.J. Okanovich ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Luis Jauregui ($1,500)
Daniel Gonzalez ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Anthony Castrejon ($1,000)

Payout Perspective:

Notably, Henderson made just $50,000 in a losing effort.  Roy Nelson made $30,000 to show and another $30,000 to win.  Nelson’s last official reported payout was in July 2016 when he lost a decision to Derrick Lewis.  Nelson made $100,000 that night.  Similarly, Henderson’s pay has dropped as well since being the UFC lightweight champ.  Also, Lorenz Larkin’s second fight in Bellator gave him $40,000.  His last fight at UFC 202 gave Larkin $39,000 to show and another $39,000 to win

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