by MMAWeekly.com Staff
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for UFC 109 featuring a light heavyweight showdown between UFC Hall of Famers Randy Couture and Mark Coleman. The event took place on Saturday, Feb. 6, 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.
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
-Randy Couture: $250,000 (no win bonus) def. Mark Coleman: $60,000
-Chael Sonnen: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus) def. Nate Marquardt: $45,000
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Paulo Thiago: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. Mike Swick: $43,000
-Demian Maia: $62,000 ($31,000 win bonus) def. Dan Miller: $15,000
-Matt Serra: $150,000 ($75,000 win bonus) def. Frank Trigg: $30,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Mac Danzig: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus) def. Justin Buchholz: $8,000
-Melvin Guillard: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. Ronys Torres: $4,000
-Rob Emerson: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Phillipe Nover: $10,000
-Phil Davis: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Brian Stann: $17,000
-Chris Tuchscherer: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Tim Hague: $7,000
-Joey Beltran: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Rolles Gracie: $15,000
UFC 109 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $944,000
UFC 109 AWARDS & BONUSES
(Each fighter was awarded $60,000 per award, which is in addition to his disclosed salary.)
Fight of the Night:
-Chael Sonnen and Nate Marquardt
Knockout of the Night:
Submission of the Night: