by MMAWeekly.com Staff
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for UFC 106 featuring the light heavyweight rematch between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin, which took place on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Mandalay Bay Event 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.
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
-Forrest Griffin: $250,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus) def. Tito Ortiz: $250,000*
– Josh Koscheck: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Johnson: $17,000
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Paulo Thiago: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Jacob Volkmann: $6,000
-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $100,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Luiz Cane: $19,000
-Amir Sadollah: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Phil Baroni: $25,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Ben Saunders: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Marcus Davis: $27,000
-Kendall Grove: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus) def. Jake Rosholt: $15,000
-Brian Foster: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Brock Larson: $26,000
-Caol Uno: $20,000 vs. Fabricio Camoes: $10,000
(The fight was ruled a draw. Both fighters received their show money only.)
-George Sotiropoulos: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Jason Dent: $8,000
UFC 106 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $1,021,000
*Tito Ortiz was paid a flat rate of $250,000 to show, with no available win bonus.
UFC 106 AWARDS & BONUSES
(Each fighter was awarded $70,000 per award, which is in addition to his disclosed salary.)
Fight of the Night:
-Josh Koscheck vs. Anthony Johnson
Knockout of the Night:
-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Submission of the Night: