Arlovski ($300K) tops UFC Fort Lauderdale salaries

April 30, 2019

The Florida State Boxing Commission has disclosed the salary information from this past Saturday’s UFC Fort Lauderdale event.  Notably, Greg Hardy’s second UFC fight garnered him $150,000 while Andre Arlovski’s  29th fight with the promotion made him $300,000.

The payouts per MMA Fighting:

Jack Hermansson ($41,000 + $41,000 = $82,000) def. Ronaldo Souza ($210,000)
Greg Hardy ($75,000 + $75,000 = $150,000) def. Dmitrii Smoliakov ($10,000)
Mike Perry ($55,000 + $55,000 = $110,000) def. Alex Oliveira ($64,000)
Glover Teixeira ($105,000 + $105,000 = $210,000) def. Ion Cutelaba ($22,000)
Cory Sandhagen ($33,000 + $33,000 = $66,000) def. John Lineker ($49,000)
Roosevelt Roberts ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Thomas Gifford ($10,000)
Takashi Sato ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Ben Saunders ($35,000)
Augusto Sakai ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Andrei Arlovski ($300,000)
Carla Esparza ($45,000 + $45,000 = $90,000) def. Virna Jandiroba ($12,000)
Gilbert Burns ($44,000 + $44,000 = $88,000) def. Mike Davis ($12,000)
Jim Miller ($90,000 + $90,000 = $180,000) def. Jason Gonzalez ($12,000)
Angela Hill ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Jodie Esquibel ($10,000)
Dhiego Lima ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Court McGee ($48,000)

Payout Perspective:

A couple interesting notes including Hardy’s pay is at $75K/$75K which is much higher than most “up and coming” fighters.  One would think that the name and his place on the card dictates the high pay.  Also, Andrei Arlovski is made $300,000 for his loss to Augosto Sakai who made just $24,000.  You may chalk this one up to longevity within the promotion.  Also, Glover Teixeira is now over $100,00o for his base with a change of doubling it.

Bellator 220 salaries: MacDonald tops roster

April 28, 2019

The California Athletic Commission has disclosed the salaries for Bellator 220 which took place in San Jose, Saturday night.

Rory MacDonald was the top reported salary making $200,000 for his 5 round draw with Jon Fitch.  Despite the draw, MacDonald moves on in the welterweight Grand Prix and retains his belt.  Fitch earned $140,000.  Neither fighter had a win bonus.

Via MMA Junkie:

Rory MacDonald: $200,000 (no win bonus)
vs. Jon Fitch: $140,000 (no win bonus)

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane: $75,000 (no win bonus)
def. Veta Arteaga: $40,000

Benson Henderson: $100,000 (no win bonus)
def. Adam Piccolotti: $22,000

Phil Davis: $160,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
def. Liam McGeary: $75,000

Gaston Bolanos: $15,000 (no win bonus)
def. Nathan Stolen: $10,000

Aviv Gozali: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Travis Crain: $1,200

Brandon Faumui: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Chris Avila: $5,000

Matt Perez: $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
def. Justin Tenedora: $3,000

Cass Bell: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Peter Ishiguro: $1,200

Chuck Campbell: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Bruno Casillas: $1,500

Hyder Amil: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Paradise Vaovasa: $1,750

Josh San Diego: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Laroco: $1,500

Jordan Williams: $3,500 (includes $1,750 win bonus)
def. Diego Herzog: $2,500

Abraham Vaesau: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Justin Roswell: $2,000

Chris Inocencio: $2,400 (includes $1,200 win bonus)
def. Boris Novachkov: $1,200

Tom Ponce de Leon: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)
def. Jamario Mulder: $1,200

Ignacio Ortiz: $1,500
vs. Roger Severson: $1,500

Jon Adams: $1,200
vs. Erick Gunha: $1,200

Payout Perspective:

The salaries for the top of the card are starting to resemble UFC payouts but the bottom of the Bellator card shows a vast disparity.  Making less than $2,000 as a pro MMA fighter for Bellator is really low and is similar to some payouts on the regional circuit.  Unless they are being compensated through sponsors, it would not be hard to think that they are losing money fighting.

Vargas tops payouts for Matchroom Boxing-DAZN event Friday night

April 27, 2019

The California Athletic Commission disclosed purses for Friday night’s Matchroom Boxing/DAZN event at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

The new champion, Juan Francisco Estrada reportedly received $200,000 while Srisaket Sor Rungvisai received $500,000.  Estrada dominated the rematch between the two flyweights.

Other purses, per ESPN’s Dan Rafael:

Daniel Roman:  $200,000

TJ Doheny:  $230,000

Jessie Vargas:  $1.2M

Humberto Soto:  $150,000

Anthony Sims, Jr.:  $50,000

Vaughn Alexander:  $20,000

Ronnie Rios:  $15,000

Daniel Olea:  $5,000

Alberto Melian:  $15,500

Isaac Zarate:  $14,000

Murodjon Akmadeliev:  $27,000

Carlos Carlson: $8,000

Shakhram Giyasov;  $48,000

Emmanual Taylor:  $250,000

Austin Williams:  $6,000

Joel Guevara:  $2,500

Diego Pacheco:  $4,000

Guillermo Maldonado:  $2,000

Payout Perspective:

The payouts for the headliners are much better than when they first met when SSR made $200K and Estrada $150K.  Of course, the most notable payout is the $1.2 million for Jessie Vargas who stopped Humberto Soto.

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.

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