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?
December 14, 2015
MMA Junkie reports the salaries for UFC 194. Conor McGregor headed the list of fighters on the payroll disclosed at over $2.5 million.
The paydays were obtained by Junkie from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Conor McGregor: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Jose Aldo: $400,000
Luke Rockhold: $160,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Weidman: $275,000
Yoel Romero: $150,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Ronaldo Souza: $135,000
Demian Maia: $156,000 (includes $78,000 win bonus)
def. Gunnar Nelson: $75,000
Max Holloway: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Jeremy Stephens: $43,000
Urijah Faber: $300,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus)
def. Frankie Saenz: $20,000
Tecia Torres: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: $10,000
Warlley Alves: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Colby Covington: $18,000
Leonardo Santos: $40,000 (includes $20,o00 win bonus)
def. Kevin Lee: $21,000
Magomed Mustafaev: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Proctor: $13,000
Yancy Medeiros: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. John Makdessi: $30,000
Court McGee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Marcio Alexandre Jr.: $12,000
As we know, the disclosed payouts do not include locker room bonuses or PPV upsides as in the case for McGregor, Aldo, Weidman and maybe Rockhold.
Notably, McGregor (along with Chad Mendes) made $500K at UFC 189 in July. Aldo made $400K. Chris Weidman ($275K), Yoel Romero ($125K), Ronaldo Souza ($135K) and Urijah Faber ($150K) also had show purses that exceeded $100,000. Perhaps Romero is the biggest surprise out of the fighters earning six figures as he earned $125K plus another $25K fight bonus. This is a big step-up for Romero since his last fight against Lyoto Machida he only drew $33K and $33K at UFC Fight Night 70 this past June.
September 23, 2015
MMA Junkie reports the salaries from this past Saturday’s Bellator 142. Tito Ortiz received $300,000 in a loss to light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary. The disclosed payouts were provided by the California State Athletic Commission.
The payouts do not include the Glory Kickboxing fights held the same evening.
Liam McGeary: $50,000 (no win bonus)
def. Tito Ortiz: $300,000
Phil Davis: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus)
def. Francis Carmont: $17,000
Josh Thomson: $10,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mike Bronzoulis: $10,000
Phil Davis: See above
def. Emanuel Newton: $70,000
Muhammed Lawal: $15,000 (no win bonus)
def. Linton Vassell: $30,000
Gabriel Carrasco: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Neal: $2,000
Adam Piccolotti: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Salvador Becerra: $1,750
Thomas Diagne: $3,000 (no win bonus since fight ended in draw)
vs. Mike Malott: $2,000 (no win bonus since fight ended in draw)
Francis Carmont: See above
def. Anthony Ruiz: $5,000
Ortiz making $300,000 is probably not too surprising. He’s still a big draw despite his advanced age. Notably, Phil Davis making $65,000 to show and another $65,000 bonus is a good start for a Bellator debut. On the other end, Josh Thomson reportedly made $10,000 without a win bonus. Media members are indicating he was paid more than this. Let’s hope so. In his last UFC fight this past July at UFC Fight Night 71, Thomson made $85,000. Also of note, King Mo made $15,000 without a win bonus while his opponent Linton Vassell made $30,000.
September 22, 2015
MMA Junkie reports the salaries from WSOF 23 held on Friday night. Champions Justin Gaethje and David Branch were the top earners making $100,000 each which includes their win bonuses.
Via MMA Junkie:
Justin Gaethje: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Luis Palomino: $20,000
David Branch: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Teddy Holder: $12,000
Timur Valiev: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Tito Jones: $3,000
Ben Fodor: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Roberto Yong: $2,000
Brian Foster: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. LaRue Burley: $4,000
Vagab Vagabov: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Grinnell: $1,500
Clifford Starks: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Krasimir Mladenov: $3,000
Matthew Frincu: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Davis Jr.: $3,000
David Nuzzo: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Andres Ponce: $1,000
Joey Miolla: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Randy Steinke: $1,500
Benny Madrid: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Jeff Fletcher: $1,000
Gaethje made $60K ($30K/$30K) in his last fight which was against Palomino too. Palomino received a raise for this fight as he made only $11,000 in his first fight with Gaethje. Notably, 5 fighters made $2,000 or less but all made at least $1,000 for the night. The highest show money was $50,000 by Gaethje and Branch.
September 11, 2015
ESPN reports that Floyd Mayweather will earn at least $32 million for his fight Saturday night against Andre Berto. The challenger to Mayweather’s welterweight title will receive $4 million, the most of his career.
The earnings were revealed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The payout is a far cry from the $250 million he received for his fight with Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd.
Floyd Mayweather reported payouts (excluding PPV and other ancillary earnings) under Showtime:
Roberto Guerrero – $32M
Canelo Alvarez – $41.5M
Marcos Maidana I – $32M
Marcos Maidana II – $32M
Manny Pacquiao – $250M (originally projected at $180M)
Andre Berto – $32M
On the undercard, ESPN reports the following payouts as disclosed by the NSAC:
Roman Martinez ($300K) – Orlando Salido ($150K)
Badou Jack ($500K) – George Graves ($150K)
Jhonny Gonzalez ($50K) – Jonathan Oquendo ($50K)
Ishe Smith ($150K) – Vanes Martirosyan ($150K)
In his last fight under the Showtime contract, and according to Mayweather, his last fight ever, this fight has seen the least amount of hype of the six. According to Darren Rovell, it is not a sellout at the MGM Grand. The get-in price as of Friday night is $324 with an abundance of tickets available above that price point. As a result, one might conclude that Mayweather will not enjoy the extra revenue from all of the ancillary resources such as gate, closed circuit and PPVs. Regardless, Mayweather will still collect at least $32 million in what will be his last fight.
August 12, 2015
Forbes.com ranked the world’s highest-paid female athletes in 2015. According to total earnings for the year, Ronda Rousey ranks 8th on the list with a reported $6.5 million in earnings from sponsorship and purses.
The earnings were measured from June 1, 2014 to June 1, 2015. Rousey fought twice during this time span. Against Alexis Davis at UFC 175 and against Cat Zingano at UFC 184. She reportedly made $150,000 (including $50K bonus) at UFC 175 and $180,000 (including $50K bonus) at UFC 184. However, it was reported that Rousey made at least $1 million at UFC 184.
Seven of the top 10 females on the list were tennis players with Maria Sharapova ($29.7 million), Serena Williams ($24.6) and Caroline Wozniacki in the top 3 with race car driver Danica Patrick coming in fourth.
Forbes indicates that Rousey has earned $3 million in salary/winnings and another $3.5 million in endorsements. Per Forbes.com, her “endorsement portfolio” includes Reebok, Metro PCS, Monster headphones, Buffalo David Bitton (jeans) and Carl’s Jr.
Rousey wore a Monster Energy patch on her Reebok kit at UFC 190 so maybe she is sponsored by both Monster Energy and Headphones. Regardless, the earnings reflect that Rousey is a vital part of the UFC. Only a couple years ago women were not allowed to fight in the UFC and now it’s clear that she is one of the highest-paid fighters in the organization. With her book selling well and her movie projects out one would think that Rousey may move up this list next year.