by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for Pride 33: The Second Coming, which took place on Saturday, February 24th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The following figures are from the fighter salary information that Dream Stage Entertainment was required by law to submit to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Although MMA fighters are not unionized, the fighters’ salaries are still public record in the United States, just as with every other major sport in the US.
The question of, “How much do Pride’s fighters make when they fight in Japan?” still remains unanswered, but the fighter salaries for this event do provide a great deal of insight into this question.
Given that Pride’s Japan-based shows often fill the 35,000-seat Saitama Super Arena, it’s likely that the salaries for the USA event were smaller than the salaries for a show in Japan, but it’s unlikely that the two sets of numbers would be drastically different from one another.
Just as with UFC fighter salaries, any undisclosed bonuses that Pride also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions, are not reflected in the figures below.
As with UFC salaries, we’re listing “Main Event Fighters,” “Main Card Fighters,” and “Preliminary Fighters.” All non-main-event fighter for this card are listed below as “Main Card Fighters” because there were no preliminary bouts on this card. None of the fights were taped before the show went on the air, so there were no “Preliminary Fighters.”
Though our listings still note which fighters won their fights and which fighters lost, there were no winners’ bonuses on this card. In addition, next to each fighter’s name is the number of fights that he has had in Pride.
Main Event Fighters
-Wanderlei Silva: $150,000 (28th fight in Pride; lost to Dan Henderson in main event)
-Dan Henderson: $50,000 (18th fight in Pride; defeated Wanderlei Silva in main event)
Main Card Fighters
-Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: $50,000 (13th fight in Pride; defeated Alistair Overeem)
-Takanori Gomi: $20,000 (15th fight in Pride; lost to Nick Diaz)
-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $20,000 (10th fight in Pride; lost to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou)
-Nick Diaz: $15,000 (1st fight in Pride; defeated Takanori Gomi)
-Joachim Hansen: $15,000 (6th fight in Pride; defeated Jason Ireland)
-Hayato Sakurai: $10,000 (11th fight in Pride; defeated Mac Danzig)
-Frank Trigg: $10,000 (2nd fight in Pride; defeated Kazuo Misaki)
-Kazuo Misaki: $10,000 (8th fight in Pride; lost to Frank Trigg)
-Sergei Kharitonov: $10,000 (11th fight in Pride; defeated Mike Russow)
-Alistair Overeem: $10,000 (14th fight in Pride; lost to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua)
-Travis Wiuff: $10,000 (1st fight in Pride; lost to James Lee)
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou: $10,000 (1st fight in Pride; defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira)
-Mac Danzig: $10,000 (1st fight in Pride; lost to Hayato Sakurai)
-Jason Ireland: $10,000 (1st fight in Pride; lost to Joachim Hansen)
-Mike Russow: $10,000 (1st fight in Pride; lost to Sergei Kharitonov)
-James Lee: $10,000 (1st fight in Pride; defeated Travis Wiuff)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $430,000