March 15, 2016
MMA Fighting reports the salaries from last week’s Invicta FC event from Las Vegas. Former TUF contestant and UFC competitor Roxanne Modafferi topped the salaries for the night with $13,000.
The salary information was obtained from the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Via MMA Fighting:
Ayaka Hamasaki ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Amber Brown ($5,000)
Jennifer Maia ($4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000) def. Vanessa Porto ($8,000)
Angela Hill ($6,000 + $6,000 = $12,000) def. Stephanie Eggink ($3,500)
Irene Aldana ($5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000) def. Jessamyn Duke ($10,000)
Roxanne Modafferi ($6,500 + $6,500 = $13,000) def. DeAnna Bennett ($5,000)
Jinh Yu Frey ($1,750 + $1,750 = $3,500) def. Herica Tiburcio ($3,500)
Sarah D’Alelio ($4,000 + $4,000 = $8,000) def. Andrea Lee ($3,000)
Aspen Ladd ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000)def. Kelly McGill ($2,000)
Ashley Greenway ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Sarah Click ($1,000)
The salaries exclude any “locker room bonuses” and sponsor paymnets.
It’s obvious that the payouts are much less than that of the UFC women’s division. Invicta FC is the quasi-feeder league for the UFC women’s division and the event featured several former UFC veterans. Modafferi, Duke and Hill are among the UFC veterans were among the top paid fighters.
March 6, 2016
Sherdog.com reports the salaries from Saturday night’s UFC 196. As previously reported, Conor McGregor earned the highest commission reported salary for a UFC ever with $1 million.
Nate Diaz: $500,000
Conor McGregor: $1,000,000
Miesha Tate: $92,000 (includes $46,000 win bonus)
Holly Holm: $500,000
Ilir Latifi: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Gian Villante: $36,000
Corey Anderson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Tom Lawlor: $28,000
Amanda Nunes: $56,000 (includes $28,000)
Valentina Shevchenko: $14,000
Siyar Bahadurzada: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Brandon Thatch: $22,000
Nordine Taleb: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Erick Silva: $34,000
Vitor Miranda: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Marcelo Guimaraes: $13,000
Darren Elkins: $74,000 ($37,000 win bonus)
Chas Skelly: $21,000
Diego Sanchez: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
Jim Miller: $59,000
Jason Saggo: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Justin Salas: $16,000
Teruto Ishihara: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
Julian Erosa: $12,000
The above listed payouts do not include undisclosed bonuses or the Reebok sponsorship payouts.
Including Performance and Fight of the Night Bonuses from last night, McGregor earned 1,050,000 while Diaz ended with $600,000 as he scored two double bonuses. Miesha Tate, the lowest paid fighter out of the four in the main events Saturday, earned $142,000.
The payouts are on the high side due to the top of the card. Although McGregor indicated he’d make over $10 million for this fight, that has yet to be seen. Diego Sanchez, at $75K/$75K was the only other fighter on the roster to make over $100,000.
March 4, 2016
In perhaps one of the oddest interviews you can have in lead-up to UFC 196, Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor did a live split-screen interview for CNBC in which they talked about earnings and a bunch of other awkward things. Diaz left during the interview.
I wish I stopped watching halfway. But the link is here.
Perhaps the only takeaway is that McGregor states he will make over $10 million for this fight. Diaz didn’t give a dollar figure.
The interviewee asked the ridiculous question of how the UFC can be as big as NBA or NFL. Non-answers were given.
Also, Conor asked for a picture of the interviewee to see what she looked like.
Clearly the main goal was to have the two fighters talk trash to each other. Of course, if you really wanted to know about how much each was earning you could probably do an interview with Dana White. This was just put on to get that wide spectrum of media to publicize the fight.
On another note, no one does this to NBA or NFL players. You think someone is going to ask Tom Brady what he’s going to buy with his new extension? It’s quite odd to have fighters, who probably cannot or will not disclose what they will be earning to disclose it to some reporter in the guise that we’re talking business.
February 8, 2016
MMA Junkie reports the salaries from Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 82 as disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Via MMA Junkie:
Stephen Thompson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $100,000
Roy Nelson: $125,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Jared Rosholt: $33,000
Ovince Saint Preux: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Cavalcante: $42,000
Joseph Benavidez: $118,000 (includes $59,000 win bonus)
def. Zach Makovsky: $19,000
Misha Cirkunov: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Nicholson: $10,000
Mike Pyle: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus)
def. Sean Spencer: $17,000
Josh Burkman: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. K.J. Noons : $34,000
Derrick Lewis: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Damian Grabowski: $17,000
Justin Scoggins: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Ray Borg: $18,000
Diego Rivas: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Noad Lahat: $17,000
Mickey Gall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Jackson: $10,000
Alex White: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Artem Lobov: $13,000
Interesting to note that Hendricks’ pay has decreased since the last official reported payout from UFC 181 in December 2014. In that fight, a loss to Robbie Lawler, Hendricks made $150,000. Roy Nelson had a $75,000 show purse and $50,000-win bonus. A good night for Mike Pyle who made a total of $153,00 with his Fight of the Night Bonus plus his show and win bonus. OSP and Joseph Benavidez also made six figures Saturday night.
February 5, 2016
MMA Junkie has obtained the payouts from UFC Fight Night 81 a couple weeks ago in Boston. Travis Browne, Dominick Cruz and Eddie Alvarez led the roster payroll which totaled $1,189,000.
Notably, Alvarez had the highest show money of all the athletes for the event.
The rest of the payroll via MMA Junkie:
Dominick Cruz: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. T.J. Dillashaw: $70,000
Eddie Alvarez: $100,000 (no win bonus)
def. Anthony Pettis: $80,000
Travis Browne: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Mitrione: $36,000
Francisco Trinaldo: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Ross Pearson: $48,000
Patrick Cote: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus)
def. Ben Saunders: $18,000
Ed Herman: $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Boetsch: $52,000
Chris Wade: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Mehdi Baghdad: $12,000
Luke Sanders: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Maximo Blanco: $25,000
Paul Felder: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Daron Cruickshank: $20,000
Ilir Latifi: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Sean O’Connell: $18,000
Charles Rosa: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Bochniak: $10,000
Rob Font: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Joey Gomez: $10,000
Francimar Barroso: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Elvis Mutapcic: $18,000
Browne and Cruz made six figures with their win bonuses. The notable omissions from the top paid of the night was former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw who we assume was on $70K and $70K. Dillashaw’s purse appears to be a step up from his last officially reported purse from UFC 177 which was $50K/$50K. There was no official report from UFC on Fox 16 this past July although we might assume based on the step ups that he made $60K/$60K in his rematch win over Renan Barao.
January 31, 2016
The UFC announced its payouts from the Reebok sponsorship deal. The apparel company paid out $137,500 for Saturday night’s event with UFC vets Anthony Johnson, Ryan Bader and Jake Ellenberger cashing in.
Via MMA Junkie:
Anthony Johnson: $15,000
def. Ryan Bader: $15,000
Ben Rothwell: $5,000
def. Josh Barnett: $5,000
Jimmie Rivera: $2,500
def. Iuri Alcantara: $10,000
Bryan Barberena: $2,500
def. Sage Northcutt: $2,500
Tarec Saffiedine: $5,000
def. Jake Ellenberger: $15,000
Diego Ferreira: $2,500
def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier: $2,500
Rafael Natal: $10,000
def. Kevin Casey: $2,500
Wilson Reis: $5,000
def. Dustin Ortiz: $5,000
Alexander Yakovlev: $2,500
def. George Sullivan: $2,500
Alex Caceres: $10,000
def. Masio Fullen: $2,500
Randy Brown: $2,500
def. Matt Dwyer: $2,500
Damon Jackson: $2,500
def. Levan Makashvili: $2,500
Tony Martin: $2,500
def. Felipe Olivieri: $2,500
As we know, the Athlete Outfitting program pays fighters based on time served with Zuffa which would include WEC and Strikeforce when both entities were owned by the UFC.
Fighters with 1-5 fights: $2,500
Fighters with 6-10 fights: $5,000
Fighters with 11-15 fights: $10,000
Fighters with 16-20 fights: $15,000
Fighters with 21 fights or more: $20,000
Title Challengers: $30,000
Barnett receives only $5,000 despite his lengthy career and the fact he would likely garner much more than $5,000 in sponsorship money if there was no Reebok deal. He has 9 UFC fights spanning back to 2000 but his time in Strikeforce was pre-Zuffa. Similar to Barnett, it was Ben Rothwell’s 9th UFC fight despite being a long-term pro. The $137,500 reflects the fact that most of the fighters on the card have less than 10 fights and there were no title fights making this a relatively inexpensive night for Reebok payouts.
January 5, 2016
MMA Junkie reports the salaries for UFC 195 as disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit topped the payroll of $1,723,000.
Via MMA Junkie:
Robbie Lawler: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Carlos Condit: $315,000
Stipe Miocic: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Andrei Arlovski: $250,000
Albert Tumenov: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $36,000
Brian Ortega: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Brandao: $36,000
Abel Trujillo: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Tony Sims: $12,000
Michael McDonald: $40,000 (includes $20,00 win bonus)
def. Masanori Kanehara: $14,000
Alex Morono: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Noke: $26,000
Justine Kish: $20,000 (includes $ win bonus)
def. Nina Ansaroff: $10,000
Drew Dober: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Scott Holtzman: $12,000
Dustin Poirier: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Joseph Duffy: $20,000
Michinori Tanaka: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Soto: $20,000
Sheldon Westcott: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Edgar Garcia: $10,000
The payout for Lawler improves on $150K/$150K which he made at UFC 189 in July. Condit’s salary is up there for a challenger. Arlovski made $225,000 at UFC 191 in September so he does improve by $25K even in a losing effort.
December 22, 2015
MMA Junkie reports the salaries for WSOF 26 which took place on Friday night in Vegas. Former featherweight champ Lance Palmer and Ozzy Dugulubgov earned the most on the fighter roster for the promotion.
The total payouts as disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission was $165,200.
Via MMA Junkie:
Alexandre Almeida: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Lance Palmer: $28,000
Ozzy Dugulubgov: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Nic Herron-Webb: $3,000
Sheymon Moraes: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Robbie Peralta: $7,000
Josh Hill: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Bekbulat Magomedov: $8,000
Jake Heun: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Clinton Williams: $4,000
Abubakar Nurmagomedov: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Danny Davis Jr.: $3,000
Jonathan Nunez: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. David Jordan: $1,200
Hakeem Dawodu: $6,000
drew with Marat Magomedov: $3,000
Gil Guardado: $1,800 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Giga Chikadze: $1,200*
Guardado was fined $200 for missing weight. The fine was given to Chikadze.
Palmer earned the highest show money for the event while Dugulubgov earned $14K/$14K to get to $28K. Most of the card earned less than $10K for the event
December 21, 2015
MMA Fighting reports the salaries from Saturday’s UFC on Fox 17. Alistair Overeem led the fighter payouts followed closely by his opponent and lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.
The salaries were disclosed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to MMA Fighting on Monday.
Via MMA Fighting:
Rafael dos Anjos ($300,000 + no win bonus = $300,000) def. Donald Cerrone ($79,000)
Alistair Overeem ($342,857 + $200,000 = $542,857) def. Junior dos Santos ($400,000)
Nate Diaz ($20,000 + $20,000 = $40,000) def. Michael Johnson ($30,000)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz ($13,000 + $13,000 = $26,000) def. Randa Markos ($12,000)
Charles Oliveira ($29,600* + $37,000 = $66,600) def. Myles Jury ($30,000)
Nate Marquardt ($49,000 + $49,000 = $98,000) def. C.B. Dollaway ($40,000)
Valentina Shevchenko ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Sarah Kaufman ($22,000)
Tamdan McCrory ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Josh Samman ($10,000)
Nik Lentz ($35,000 + $35,000 = $70,000) def. Danny Castillo ($39,000)
Cole Miller ($33,000) vs. Jim Alers ($10,000) ruled a no contest
Kamaru Usman ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Leon Edwards ($15,000)
Vicente Luque ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Hayder Hassan ($10,000)
Francis Ngannou ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Luiz Henrique ($10,000)
Despite defeating Myles Jury, Oliveira was docked 20% of his show purse for missing weight. It was Overeem’s last fight on his UFC contract and we shall see if the UFC will be willing to renew a contract with Overeem. One might think that the UFC would not want to pay Overeem that much for show and win bonus. Of course, the Heavyweight division appears to be lacking quality fighters outside of the top 3 in the division. Speaking of which, JDS’ $400K is steep for a fighter that might be past his prime. RDA received $300K flat without a win bonus which is interesting for a champ. We’ll see if this payout increases.
Its also interesting to note that one year ago, Nate Diaz made just $16K at last year’s December Fox show. He now makes $20K/$20k. For comparison’s sake, he made $50K in a losing effort in December 2012 at UFC on Fox 5 when he fought Benson Henderson.
December 14, 2015
MMA Junkie reports the salaries from Thursday’s UFC Fight Night 80 from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Sage Northcutt led the fight roster making a total of $80,000.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission disclosed the paydays to Junkie as follows.
Rose Namajunas: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Paige VanZant: $40,000
Michael Chiesa: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Jim Miller: $56,000
Sage Northcutt: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
def. Cody Pfister: $12,000
Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Elias Theodorou: $20,000
Tim Means: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. John Howard: $27,000
Sergio Moraes: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Omari Akhmedov: $14,000
Kevin Casey: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
vs. Antonio Carlos Junior: $19,000
Aljamain Sterling: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Johnny Eduardo: $14,000
Santiago Ponzinibbio: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Andreas Stahl: $10,000
Danny Roberts: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Nathan Coy: $10,000
Zubaira Tukhugov: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Phillipe Nover: $14,000
Kailin Curran: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Emily Kagan: $10,000
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $702,000.
Northcutt is ascending up the UFC pay roster quickly at $40K/$40K in just his second fight for the company. Paige VanZant appears to be there as well as she made $40K in a losing effort. Rose Namajunas made the second-most overall with $54K total. It will be interesting to see where Aljamain Sterling goes from here as he made $14K/$14K in his last fight on his UFC contract. He’s looking to improve on this with his next contract. Will the UFC be the place?