TUF 14 Finale Fighter Salaries: Bisping Dwarfs All

December 5, 2011
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday released The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale fighter salaries.

Michael Bisping dominated fellow TUF 14 coach Jason “Mayhem” Miller in the evening’s main event on Saturday night. Diego Brandao won the featherweight Ultimate Fighter honors, while John Dodson did the same in the bantamweight division.

The TUF 14 Finale: Bisping vs. Miller took place Saturday, Dec. 3, 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.


Michael Bisping: $425,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus)
def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller: $45,000

Diego Brandao: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Dennis Bermudez: $8,000

John Dodson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. T.J. Dillashaw: $8,000

Tony Ferguson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Yves Edwards: $16,000

Johnny Bedford: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Louis Gaudinot: $8,000

Marcus Brimage: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Stephen Bass: $8,000

John “Prince” Albert: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Pague: $8,000

Roland Delorme: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Ferguson: $8,000

Steven Siler: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Clopton: $8,000

Bryan Caraway: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Neace: $8,000


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  • adice89

    WTF!! $425K??!! Seriously that is just ridiculious…. all that money to a fighter who is not even a B level fighter?? These guys are getting wayyyy too much for not even being that great. You can call me a hater but michael bisping was never and will never ever be a world champion. He will never reach top 5 in the division. I know Bisping has been with the UFC for a long time, but when has he ever been outstanding as far as skillset goes?

    • onebad

      too much? that’s as much as a guy who doesn’t even play in the nba or nfl makes. he’s in the top ten in the world of what he does, he really should make more in comparison to what the ufc makes off of the fights. when you become in the top ten of anything other than douche bag, then you can talk, but until then go ask your parents for a raise in your allowance.

      • Top ten of the world of what he does?.! Meaning top ten of whole mma? Hahahaha you got to be joking right?

        • MrAdidas

          I believe he meant Bisping is ranked in the top 10 @ MW! Therefore he should be getting paid a decent amount for that achievment (eventhough the MW division is the WEAKEST division in all of MMA/UFC). I highly doubt ONEbad thinks Bisping is ranked #10 in all of MMA – let’s hope not anyway!

      • MrAdidas

        BAHAHAHAHAHA – “when you become in the top ten of anything other than douche bag, then you can talk” & ROTFL – ” but until then go ask your parents for a raise in your allowance.”

  • adice89

    lol….yeah because im just a little boy right? You just hurt my feelings…

    • MrAdidas


  • temecguy

    He’s very marketable; People pay attention to him (love/hate) and he brings people to the UFC seats. I bet Brock was making bank when he first signed to UFC, just for his name regardless of skills/ranking.

  • bajafox

    He might as well enjoy while he can because once he fights top 5 competition it’ll be the last time he can demand that kind of money…

  • kwokkuiechung

    He has already lost to top 5 competition, he lost to Dan Henderson. I think the surprise is that he still earns that much despite the loss. I wonder where he ranks in the UFC based on contract earnings.

  • shakejunt

    People need to remember that he didn’t start off in the ufc at the $8000 purse. He won season 3 and got a SIX FIGURE contract.

    He’s the biggest talent to come from the UK so far, his only loses are to big names, and he’s had 15 fights in the UFC. You don’t think he gets raises for that?

    • MrAdidas


  • MikeMc1983

    Onebad, your statement about bisbing making less than what someone in the nfl, or nba makes is not entirely true.
    Bisbing can fight 4 times a year. That would be 1.9 million a year. There are a ton of guys in the nfl who don’t make that. That’s not even considering any money from sponsers. I believe the nfl minimum salary is about half of that, and there’s a bunch of guys who make that.
    Also, the nfl is a much bigger cash cow than the UFC. Completely different ball parks in what those two are worth.

  • kwokkuiechung

    Well from this page it looks like his contract got upgraded to Rashad Evans level.


    But it’s interesting to note that from UFC 134 data Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua and Forrest Griffin all have salaries that are less than Bisping (if you assume Griffin’s win bonus was the same as is show money then that still only puts him at 250K).


    Also consider this for Dana’s No.2 P4P:

    Frankie Edgar: $177,000 ($51,000 to show, $51,000 win bonus, $75,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)


  • shaman

    Bisping’s a huge draw for the European market, most definitely a top 5 fighter (5 on this website’s rankings), and it was a 5 round fight

    As time goes on, and especially with this new Fox deal, I expect about all main event calibre fighters to be seeing ‘yearly salaries in the 7 digits’ kind of money

  • fsunoles09

    im sorry bro i hate bisping and im tryin to be as unbias with my opinion as possible but there has to be atleast 5 to 10 fighters in the ufc that deserve that kinda pay day rather then him.and whoever said the fighters dont really make that much relative to what the ufc is gettin u nailed it but then again they r doin what anybody else would do and thats make as much profit as they possibly can and im not sure if the ufc pays all the medical stuff for the fighters but if they do i could understand the payouts although i feel they should be a lil more then they r just for the simple fact of how much they bring in but then again i dont know the #’s so i may be wrong