- MMA FIGHTER SALARIES FOR UFC & BODOG FIGHT

February 7, 2008
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by MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for three recent events in Las Vegas: the Feb. 2 UFC 81, the Feb. 1 Tuff-N-Uff/Bodog Fight event, and the Jan. 23 UFC Fight Night.

(Tuff-N-Uff was the licensed promoter for the Feb. 1 event, but it was promoted as a Bodog Fight event.)

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.

In the listings below, ” Main Event Fighters” are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show. “Main Card Fighters” are defined as fighters whose fights appear on the main card, but not in title fights or in the main event. “Preliminary Match Fighters” are defined as fighters whose matches take place before the live broadcast goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the TV broadcast.

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UFC 81 MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS

-Brock Lesnar: $250,000 (lost to Frank Mir; win bonus would have been $200,000)

-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $200,000 (defeated Tim Sylvia; win bonus was $100,000)

-Tim Sylvia: $100,000 (lost to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira; win bonus would have been $100,000)

-Frank Mir: $80,000 (defeated Brock Lesnar; win bonus was $40,000)

UFC 81 MAIN CARD FIGHTERS

-Nathan Marquardt: $52,000 (defeated Jeremy Horn; win bonus was $26,000)

-Ricardo Almeida: $40,000 (defeated Rob Yundt; win bonus was $20,000)

-Tyson Griffin: $36,000 (defeated Gleison Tibau; win bonus was $18,000)

-Jeremy Horn: $25,000 (lost to Nathan Marquardt; win bonus would have been $25,000)

-Gleison Tibau: $11,000 (lost to Tyson Griffin; win bonus would have been $11,000)

-Rob Yundt: $5,000 (lost to Ricardo Almeida; win bonus would have been $5,000)

UFC 81 PRELIMINARY MATCH FIGHTERS

-Chris Lytle: $24,000 (defeated Kyle Bradley; win bonus was $12,000)

-Kyle Bradley: $4,000 (lost to Chris Lytle; win bonus would have been $4,000)

-David Heath: $6,000 (lost to Tim Boetsch; win bonus would have been $6,000)

-Tim Boetsch: $12,000 (defeated David Heath; win bonus was $6,000)

-Terry Martin: $12,000 (lost to Marvin Eastman; win bonus would have been $12,000)

-Marvin Eastman: $14,000 (defeated Terry Martin; win bonus was $7,000)

-Robert Emerson: $16,000 (defeated Keita Nakamura; win bonus was $8,000)

-Keita Nakamura: $5,000 (lost to Robert Emerson; win bonus would have been $5,000)

UFC 81 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $892,000

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TUFF-N-UFF/BODOG FIGHT MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS

-Nick Thompson: $20,000 (defeated John Troyer; no win bonus)

-John Troyer: $5,000 (lost to Nick Thompson; no win bonus)

TUFF-N-UFF/BODOG FIGHT UNDERCARD FIGHTERS

-Seth Baczynski: $2,000 (defeated Chris Kennedy; win bonus was $1,000)

-Chad George: $1,500 (defeated Richard Screeton; win bonus was $500)

-Angela Magana: $1,500 (defeated Lynn Alvarez; win bonus was $500)

-Bryan Humes: $1,250 (defeated Ryan Murray; win bonus was $500)

-Chris Kennedy: $1,000 (lost to Seth Baczynski; win bonus would have been $1,000)

-Ryan Murray: $1,000 (lost to Bryan Humes; no win bonus)

-Sara Schneider: $1,000 (defeated Kaitlin Young; no win bonus)

-Richard Screeton: $1,000 (lost to Chad George; win bonus would have been $500)

-Aaron Simpson: $1,000 (defeated Scott Dingman; no win bonus)

-Kaitlin Young: $1,000 (lost to Sara Schneider; win bonus would have been $500)

-Lynn Alvarez: $750 (lost to Angela Magana; win bonus would have been $500)

-Scott Dingman: $750 (lost to Aaron Simpson; win bonus would have been $500)

TUFF-N-UFF/BODOG FIGHT DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $38,750

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 12 MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS

-Mike Swick: $20,000 (defeated Josh Burkman; win bonus was $10,000)

-Josh Burkman: $10,000 (lost to Mike Swick; win bonus would have been $10,000)

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 12 MAIN CARD FIGHTERS

-Nathan Diaz: $30,000 (defeated Alvin Robinson; win bonus was $15,000)

-Patrick Cote: $28,000 (defeated Drew McFedries; win bonus was $14,000)

-Thiago Tavares: $18,000 (defeated Michihiro Omigawa; win bonus was $9,000)

-Drew McFedries: $10,000 (lost to Patrick Cote; win bonus would have been $10,000)

-Alvin Robinson: $7,000 (lost to Nathan Diaz; win bonus would have been $7,000)

-Michihiro Omigawa: $5,000 (lost to Thiago Tavares; win bonus would have been $5,000)

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 12 PRELIMINARY MATCH FIGHTERS

-Kurt Pellegrino: $20,000 (defeated Alberto Crane; win bonus was $10,000)

-Corey Hill: $16,000 (defeated Joe Veres; win bonus was $8,000)

-Gray Maynard: $16,000 (defeated Dennis Siver; win bonus was $8,000)

-Matt Wiman: $16,000 (defeated Justin Buchholz; win bonus was $8,000)

-Jeremy Stephens: $10,000 (defeated Cole Miller; win bonus was $10,000)

-Cole Miller: $8,000 (lost to Jeremy Stephens; win bonus would have been $8,000)

-Dennis Siver: $7,000 (lost to Gray Maynard; win bonus would have been $7,000)

-Justin Buchholz: $4,000 (lost to Matt Wiman; win bonus would have been $4,000)

-Alberto Crane: $4,000 (lost to Kurt Pellegrino; win bonus would have been $4,000)

-Joe Veres: $3,000 (lost to Corey Hill; win bonus would have been $3,000)

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 12 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $232,000