The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday made available the fighter salary and ticket information for the International Fight League’s 2008 opener, which took place on Friday, Feb. 29 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The total attendance at the IFL event was 4,280, with a paid attendance of 1,606 and complimentary tickets totaling 2,674. The total live gate was $102,120. The total disclosed fighter payroll was $165,500.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.
Although MMA fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters’ salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters (specifically pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.) are not included in the figures below.
-Ryan Schultz: $26,000 (defeated John Gunderson; win bonus was $14,000)
-Roy Nelson: $24,000 (defeated Fabiano Scherner; win bonus was $10,000)
-Matt Horwich: $12,000 (lost to Ryan McGivern; win bonus would have been $14,000)
-Ryan McGivern: $10,000 (defeated Matt Horwich; win bonus was $4,000)
-John Gunderson: $9,500 (lost to Ryan Schultz; win bonus would have been $10,500)
-Fabiano Scherner: $7,500 (lost to Roy Nelson; win bonus would have been $7,500)
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Alexandre Ferreira: $16,000 (defeated Lew Polley; win bonus was $8,000)
-Jake Ellenberger: $15,000 (defeated Pat Healy; win bonus was $7,500)
-Pat Healy: $7,500 (lost to Jake Ellenberger; win bonus would have been $6,500)
-Rafael Dias: $7,000 (defeated Santino De Franco; win bonus was $3,500)
-Josh Haynes: $6,000 (defeated Leopoldo Serao; win bonus was $3,000)
-Santino De Franco: $5,000 (lost to Rafael Dias; win bonus would have been $5,000)
-Lew Polley: $4,000 (lost to Alexandre Ferreira; win bonus would have been $4,000)
-Leopoldo Serao: $4,000 (lost to Josh Haynes; win bonus would have been $4,000)
-Ian Loveland: $7,000 (defeated Dennis Davis; win bonus was $3,500)
-Dennis Davis: $5,000 (lost to Ian Loveland; win bonus would have been $5,000)
DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $165,500