The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday released the fighter salary information for “The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale” featuring Jonathan Brookins defeating Michael Johnson in the season’s final fight. The finale took place on Saturday, Dec. 4, at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas.
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 12 FINALE MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Jonathan Brookins: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Michael Johnson: $8,000
-Stephan Bonnar: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Igor Pokrajac: $10,000
-Demian Maia: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Kendall Grove: $28,000
-Rick Story: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Johny Hendricks: $22,000
-Leonard Garcia: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus) def. Nam Phan: $8,000
TUF 12 FINALE PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Cody McKenzie: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Aaron Wilkinson: $8,000
-Ian Loveland: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Tyler Toner: $3,000
-Kyle Watson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Sako Chivitchian: $8,000
-Nick Pace: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Will Campuzano: $3,000
-Pablo Garza: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Fredson Paixao: $4,000
-David Branch: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Rich Attonito: $8,000
ULTIMATE FIGHTER 12 FINALE DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $398,000