TUF 17 Finale Fighter Salaries: Urijah Faber Tops $508,500 Payroll

April 15, 2013
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02-Urijah-Faber-TUF-17-wThe Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale fighter salaries were released to MMAWeekly.com on Monday by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Urijah Faber finish Scott Jorgensen in the TUF 17 Finale main event, Kelvin Gastelum earned The Ultimate Fighter designation by upsetting favorite Uriah Hall, and Cat Zingano earned a spot as a coach on TUF 18 and a shot at UFC champion Ronda Rousey with her third-round stoppage of Miesha Tate.

The TUF 17 Finale took place Saturday, April 13, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center 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 17 Finale Fighter Salaries

Urijah Faber: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Scott Jorgensen: $23,500

Kelvin Gastelum: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Uriah Hall: $8,000

Cat Zingano: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Miesha Tate: $28,000

Travis Browne: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $24,000

Bubba McDaniel: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Smith: $8,000

Josh Samman: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Kevin Casey: $8,000

Luke Barnatt: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Collin Hart: $8,000

Dylan Andrews: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jimmy Quinlan: $8,000

Clint Hester: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Bristol Marunde: $8,000

Cole Miller: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Bart Palaszewski: $15,000

Maximo Blanco: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Sam Sicilia: $8,000

Daniel Pineda: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Lawrence: $8,000

TUF 17 Finale Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $508,500

  • That $50,000 FOTN bonus was a big deal for Cat. Would have been walking away with beans without it!

  • Bloop Oner

    I mean…8 grand…really…everyone should be getting 20 grand a fight…

    • Advance*

      It’s part of the TUF contract. The fighters know that going into it. They’re free to take their chances getting into the UFC some other way or if they think they can make more money elsewhere

      • Matte

        Perhaps Bloop Oner still thinks they should get more? (As do I.)

        Just because you signed a contract doesn’t make it fair.

        • Rence54

          I agree that they should get more, but i also realize that whats disclosed is a very small part of the overall.

          that being said, 8k show money for a first UFC event is pretty standard whether its for a TUF finale or just your first time in the octagon.

          So, why are all the guys whose first time is 8k, but Cats is 7k? C’mon….

  • bajafox

    Queue the “Dana doesn’t pay the fighters enough” crowd

    • mmax00267761

      & queue the morons defending a billionaire paying s*** $ to people risking their lives so he makes more PPV $ from you -___-

  • Christina

    The women deliver if not THE best at least one of the best fights of the night and their pay once again is at the bottom. Think of the talent that might start showing up if the pay was worth a crap.

    • MMAFAN

      2 fighters fighting their first fight in the UFC. Seems pretty fair to me. What does how good their fight have to do with anything? The contract is made and signed before they walk into the cage.

    • guy smith

      Proof that women cant do math as well….

    • kbroesq

      What on earth are you talking about? They both got like 70k that night, which is more than pretty much everyone else on the card. Not to mention the bonuses White probably gave them. They probably both broke over 100k.

      If you want to argue about what they are paid being low, then go ahead. But DO NOT bring up the fact that they are women. That has nothing to do with it. Zingano should have been making 6k, but I GUARANTEE you she made 7k for the show BECAUSE she’s a woman. She was completely unknown before this fight.

      Tate made as much as Gonzaga, a guy who has been with the UFC for years, and who fought for the title. You have to ask: who is tuning in to watch because of these fighters. With Tate, the answer is probably a few people tuned in because of her. For Zingano, the answer is zero. That number will probably change after Sat. night and her=coaching TUF. Then she will probably make more money, and she will owe it all to the UFC. That’s the process whether you’re a man or a woman. Stop making up reasons to complain.

  • Patriot

    This is not what these people make, it’s what’s filed with the state athletic commission as the official purse. Every one of these people gets a big, fat wad of cash besides. Trust me! Ask anyone that’s fought for the UFC since Zuffa has taken over.

  • Sir_Roy

    Guys, there are promotion deals and private deals made, that far exceed the base salaries, win bonuses and fight of the night bonuses posted herein. If you think Tate left TUF 17 with anything less than a six digit figure in her purse, then you’re not really plugged in (to lend but one example).

    • candelario

      what kind of deals?? Who has these magical deals, besides the big names.

      • Sir_Roy

        Uncle Dana provides for performances rendered – even at entry level. It’s akin to throwing your dog a biscuit for good behavior. Then there are sponsors, interviews, media … there are plenty of “perks” that garner income aside from the base sum we read about herein.

        • El Gvapo

          There was a radio interview in England today with Brad Pickett and he said that he made enough money in the British minor shows to afford to fly to Florida and train with ATT at the start of his career. He didn’t own a house or car etc but he invested in himself by having his camps in the US. He then said that since he joined the UFC he makes a LOT of money and is by well off. Not bad for a mid-tier fighter really. I’m pretty sure his last disclosed pay was only about 24k.

      • JOE SHINE

        wimp won’t disclose the deals


      enlighten us on the side deals-Promoter

      • Sir_Roy

        No. I’ll pass.

        I don’t think it possible to enlighten you to much of anything judging by your handling of material on these threads thus far.

        Your comments on a whole are antagonistic, while attempting to belittle fighters who’ve done far more with their lives than I suspect you’re capable of, coupled with a feeble attempt at drawing undeserved attention while adding absolutely nothing of worth.

        Somehow though, I feel I’ve just fed the troll and will live to regret it.


        • Kbroesq

          What are you talking about!? I think comments like, “Faber ain’t worth no none no $8,000.00,” and “Faber can’t not no headline no event..midget.” are genius and the fact that he uses three comments to basically say nothing is even more impressive.

          And to Joe Shine, Faber is a huge draw, and is pretty awesome. He fights only the best and aside from close losses to guys who are both literally the champ right no

          • JOE SHINE

            Faber is a joke a small joke

  • Cereal Killer

    For a bunch of unknowns, $8,000 for 3 months of training is pretty good! Four fights in a year makes $32,000, not counting sponsors. I don’t know what people expect for entry level of ANY job, but that’s not bad at all!

    • Sir_Roy

      Wha … managers flipping burgers make as much or more. That’s crap money for stepping into a cage, putting your physical well being on the line, and fighting another man till one of you gets KO’d, submitted (real risk of broken appendages) or beat on for 3 to 5 rounds. (Though for many of us, it sounds like a good ole time to be sure.)

      Entry level job notwithstanding, you have to consider ‘the job’ in question. Though I do agree, it’s entry level and should be considered a segue to a bigger and hopefully better career – fighters have to suck it up, and put on a show to create bigger & better opportunity. Even so, I still think most fighters have private, undisclosed income even at entry level.

      • kbroesq

        Look, I’ve always said the low-to-mid-level guys should make more. For example, Gonzaga should get more than 24k for a fight, even if it’s a loss. But MMA is still in its infancy relative to other sports. The UFC doesn’t have a ‘minor leagues’ and there are fighters allowed to fight in the UFC who don’t belong there.

        These completely unknowns are getting paid enough at 8k per fight, plus other bonuses. If the UFC pays new guys a lot of money, it will convince people who don’t have heart to compete. They need to work their way up to getting paid more. Once they win a few fights, they should get more than the UFC will probably pay, but that’s another argument. Your specific claim is that noobs who are still wet behind the ears should be getting paid more than guys who flip burgers; why? Flipping burgers sucks compared to what these guys do. If they didn’t want to do it, then they wouldn’t be doing it. They can go flip burgers too.

        You mention stepping in a cage and risking injury. Are they really risking serious injury? They are living their dreams, and they wouldn’t give it up. Not sure why people become their advocates when they don’t even want an advocate.

        • Sir_Roy

          Not sure what you’re disagreeing with me on there … I’ve said nothing to really contradict your position.

          • kbroesq

            I’ve looked back at your comment, and the first part doesn’t really jive with the second part. You start by saying that managers flipping burgers make more and that it’s crap money. I’m not sure I understand the second part of your comment. Sorry.


      that’s all Bubba needs for his shack and 4 kids.

    • mmax00267761

      okay first of all, they’re NOT garanteed $32,000 a year, heck some of those guys will never fight in the UFC again, 3rd, it cost a lot of $ just training as a fighter, let alone setting up a good training camp, with sparring partners & top trainers that you gotta pay, $8,000 for putting your health on the line, risking bodily injury, brain damage, & permanent injuries is really not alot, $32,000 for a entry level job where you sit at a desk all day seems fine, but when you’re getting rocked & KO’d at practice & tearing tendants & breaking limbs, just to get ready for a fight, $8,000 is s*** money

  • can

    “$8000 for 3 months is pretty good” , if your a fighter and are providing for your family, hopefully you have another job to pay your medical, rent/ mortgage, car, clothing, and etc. Odds are most fighters will fight once or twice a year if lucky, excluding any injury. The majority won’t make 50000.00 a fight. I don’t think most are guaranteed 4 fights.

    • Cereal Killer

      For most of them not having an education and loving what they are doing, it’s not a bad gig. If the fight thing doesn’t work out, move on. If it does, you’ll be making a lot more money pretty quick. I don’t know about you, but I’m raising my daughter on a comparable income.


    Faber ain’t no main draw why pay the shrimp??

  • Ryan

    Urijah’s chin takes 30% of the purse.


    Faber ain’t worth $8000 for a fight. midget


    Bubba aint’s worth $8 a fight


    Faber should never ever headline a MMA card.