Martin Kampmann Tops The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale Fighter Salaries

June 4, 2012
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Martin Kampmann UFC Fight Night 18The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale fighter salaries were released to on Monday by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

The main event at Friday’s event featured Martin Kampmann continuing his assencion towards title contention by finishing Jake Ellenberger in the second round.

Michael Chiesa became The Ultimate Fighter with his submission of Al Iaquinta in the fifteenth season finale of the venerable reality series.

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 mixed martial arts 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, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.

TUF Live Finale Fighter Salaries

Martin Kampmann: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Ellenberger: $42,000

Michael Chiesa: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Al Iaquinta: $8,000

Charles Oliveira: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Jonathan Brookins: $15,000

Max Holloway: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Pat Schilling: $6,000

Justin Lawrence: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. John Cofer: $8,000

Daron Cruickshank: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Tickle: $8,000

Myles Jury: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Saunders: $8,000

Sam Sicilia: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Cristiano Marcello: $8,000

Joe Proctor: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jeremy Larsen: $8,000

Erik Perez: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. John Albert: $8,000

TUF Live Finale Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $355,000

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  • pointman7213

    I don’t want to start arguments here. everyone has there own favorites and all but studs like ellenberger an kampmann get a base salary of 42,000 and a douche bag like michael bisping earns 400,000. thats f***** up. Dana take your head out of your ass.


    tru dat Kampman deserved a million for that beating he took . Those guys especially Ellenberger were throw n some evil punches. unfortunately its guna take a couple of fighters to get killed b4 they start get n paid like they deserve (boxing) surprised it hasn’t happened yet thers bn some shots ive seen where it was close like rashad kill n chuck and sam soloman just a matter of timecant escape the inevitable

  • elguapo

    Gentlemen, not this argument again?

  • It’s not an argument, at least in my case, I am just wondering how many times a guy has to fight in a year to be able to support himself and pay to train.
    5 fights at $8,000 a fight is $40,000 and that seems about the minimum someone would need.
    So do these guys live with Mom or what?