by MMAWeekly.com Staff
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information from the California State Athletic Commission for UFC 104 featuring the light heavyweight title bout between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, which took place on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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 main card goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the TV or Internet broadcast.
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
-Lyoto Machida $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua $155,000
-Cain Velasquez $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus) def. Ben Rothwell $50,000
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Gleison Tibau $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus) def. Josh Neer $14,000
-Joe Stevenson $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus) def. Spencer Fisher $26,000
-Anthony Johnson $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida $12,000
*Johnson forfeited 20-percent of his $15,000 show money for missing weight
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Ryan Bader $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Eric Schafer $13,000
-Pat Barry $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Antoni Hardonk $16,000
*Barry earned added bonuses for Fight and Knockout of the Night
*Hardonk earned an added bonus for Fight of the Night
-Chael Sonnen $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. Yushin Okami $18,000
-Jorge Rivera $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Rob Kimmons $9,000
-Kyle Kingsbury $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Razak Al-Hassan $3,000
-Stefan Struve $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Chase Gormley $10,000
*Struve earned an added bonus for Submission of the Night
UFC 104 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $922,000
UFC 104 AWARDS & BONUSES
(Each fighter was awarded $60,000)
Fight of the Night:
-Pat Barry vs. Antoni Hardonk
Knockout of the Night:
Submission of the Night: