by MMAWeekly.com Staff
MMAWeekly has obtained fighter salary information from the Oregon State Athletic Commission for UFC 102 featuring Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, which took place on Saturday, August 29, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
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.
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 the main event. “Preliminary Card 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 or Internet broadcast.
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
– Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ($400,000/includes win bonus of $150,000) def. Randy Couture ($250,000)
*Nogueira and Couture also earned an extra $60,000 for “UFC 102 Fight of the Night”
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
– Thiago Silva ($58,000/includes win bonus of $29,000) def. Keith Jardine ($55,000)
– Jake Rosholt ($26,000/includes win bonus of $13,000) def. Chris Leben ($30,000)
*Rosholt also earned an extra $60,000 for “UFC 102 Submission of the Night”
– Nate Marquardt ($80,000/includes win bonus of $40,000) def. Demian Maia ($28,000)
*Marquardt also earned an extra $60,000 for “UFC 102 Knockout of the Night”
– Brandon Vera ($70,000/includes win bonus of $35,000) def. Krzystzof Soszynski ($8,000)
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
– Aaron Simpson ($18,000/includes win bonus of $9,000) def. Ed Herman ($24,000)
– Gabriel Gonzaga ($120,000/includes win bonus of $60,000) def. Chris Tuchscherer ($10,000)
– Mike Russow ($20,000/includes win bonus of $10,000) def. Justin McCully ($15,000)
– Todd Duffee ($10,000/includes win bonus of $5,000) def. Tim Hague ($7,000)
– Mark Munoz ($24,000/includes win bonus of $12,000) def. Nick Catone ($5,000)
– Evan Dunham ($14,000/includes win bonus of $7,000) def. Marcus Aurelio ($13,000)
UFC 102 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $1,285,000
UFC 102 AWARD BONUSES
(as disclosed by UFC president Dana White)
Each fighter received a $60,000 bonus for the following awards.
Fight of the Night:
– Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Knockout of the Night:
– Nate Marquardt
Submission of the Night:
– Jake Rosholt