UFC 157 Fighter Salaries: Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida Top $1,173,300 Payroll

February 27, 2013
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07-Lyota-Machida-Dan-Henderson-7468-UFC-157-weighThe UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche fighter salaries were released to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday by the California State Athletic Commission.

Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche made history at the event, becoming the first women to ever compete in the Octagon and headline a UFC event. Rousey successfully defended her UFC women’s bantamweight championship in the main event on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

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.

UFC 157 Rousey vs. Carmouche Fighter Salaries

Ronda Rousey: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Liz Carmouche: $12,000

Lyoto Machida: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Dan Henderson: $250,000

Urijah Faber: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Ivan Menjivar: $17,000

Court McGee: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Neer: $16,000

Robbie Lawler: $105,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Koscheck: $78,000

Brendan Schaub: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Lavar Johnson: $29,000

Mike Chiesa: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Anton Kuivanen: $8,000

Dennis Bermudez: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Grice: $8,000

Sam Stout: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Caros Fodor: $15,000

Kenny Robertson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Brock Jardine: $8,000

Neil Magny: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jon Manley: $8,000

Nah-Shon Burrell: $12,600 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Yuri Villefort: $6,700*

*Burrell missed weight and a percentage of his fight purse, totaling $700, went to Villefort; another $700 went to the athletic commission.

UFC 157 Rousey vs. Carmouche Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,173,300

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  • BobLemons

    The worst fight of the whole event cost the most…Hmm..

    • Oswald Cobblepott

      15k should be the minimum for a fight! The top guys are doing well but the entry guys get hosed

      • Lawdog1521

        You hear that crap a lot but $8000 for fifteen minutes is pretty good. And don’t hand me that rap about expenses in training. Show me a job that doesn’t incur expenses. The guy at Micky D’s is still paying for transportation, daycare, uniforms, yada yada. It’s going to take him 8 months to make that and he’s going to work a hell of a lot harder. Most fighters don’t complain. Why? It’s not a bad gig, that’s why.

        • Cptmats

          ” $8000 for fifteen minutes is pretty good.”
          Considering these guys fight Two or three times a year, $16,000 to $24,000 is a pretty f****** pathetic annual salary for a professional athlete !

        • laleggenda27

          $8000 for fifteen minutes? You do realize that most of these guys only fight 3 fights in a year, right? You think that $8000 for 4 months of work is a respectable living wage? And you can’t honestly think that people at McDonald’s “work a hell of a lot harder” than fighters…well, not unless you work at McDonald’s, have never trained, and have the IQ of an amoeba. As far as not complaining, I think it’s safe to say that most relatively intelligent people would agree that publicly complaining about boss probably isn’t a good strategy for job security.

          • Lawdog1521

            35% of US workers earn less than $24,000 a year. So, for a large chunk of people, yes, it is a respectable living wage. Secondly, having been in martial arts for 20 years I can tell you personally that only a moron would call working out all day, training, and sparring “work”. It’s fun. So I can guarantee you, if you had to work for a fast food chain for six months or train for a 15 minute fight, you’d choose the fight every time. Being a fighter isn’t a grueling day to day grind. You’re living the lifestyle you want and being paid for it.

          • Lawdog1521

            And one more note, I can go to literally any Dojo in America and find literally dozens of guys who would PAY for the opportunities a fighter at the UFC level have.

  • bajafox

    Liz made way less than I expected she would. I know she probably made some money off sponsors and some under the table but for a title contender to make so little is just wrong. Especially in California where taxes are so high

    • adam1848

      I’m not usually one to complain about fighter salaries, but $12,000 for a PPV main event is sexist and pathetic.

      • bajafox

        Same here, I’m usually the first to defend figher salaries but like you said, $12k for a PPV main eventer is just pathetic and borderline sexist.

        Hopefully she gets a percentage of the PPV buys to make up for it

        • RondaKenPish

          You blindly defend fighter salaries because you have no concept of personal finances.

          You think anything above minimum wage, which is what you are entitled to, is good.

          • bajafox

            LOL, been working for 15 years and I’m a registered Republican. I am against all entitlements like a true conservative should be. Nice try though. Better luck next time.

          • RondaKenPish

            Been working for 15 years as a bank teller, janitor, or blue collar worker…yeah….okay buddy.

          • bajafox

            My last title was as a Program Project Management Analyst and now I’m an Inventory Director, so suck it, lol. What do you do? Flip burgers?

      • Chris M

        its her first fight in the ufc! i agree she should make a lil more but nothing crazy! untill she proves herself!

        • RondaKenPish

          First fight, but main card.
          main card but only $12k
          Only 12k because first fight.

          yeah….nice logic bro.

    • Maddawgmar

      I’m sure on top of that 12k salary she got a portion of ppv buys, especially being a main event. But I can’t see a scenario where she earned more than 20k total.

      • RondaKenPish

        Do you know what you just said?

        She made more than $12k but not more than $20k???

        What’s the difference???

        I’d never heard of Liz Camacho before this fight was announced. $12k may be twice what she was getting paid before.

        • bajafox

          $8,000 is a HUGE difference to someone who doesn’t have a kitchen table. Do you live in the real world or some fantasy land?

          • RondaKenPish

            Your world = ppl don’t have kitchen tables…. yeah….


          • bajafox

            Why are you so upset? You should go smoke a bowl, I know I am. If you happened to have watched Primetime, you would know that Liz not only works as the secretary at her gym, she can’t afford a kitchen table.

            You are the obvious troll here with all your hate comments. You’re lucky I’m bored and can waste some time replying to your stupidity.

        • Maddawgmar

          First off Mr. Smart guy. Since you know everything, how have you not heard of Liz CARMOUCHE (not Camacho). You must be someone who doesn’t know much about MMA. And second you said, what’s the difference? If she got twice as much at 12k then an additional 8k is huge for her.

    • RondaKenPish

      Under the table means illegal compensation that is not reported for tax purposes. You, sir, have no understanding of how these things work.

      Her sponsors?????? What sponsors??? Condom Depot?????

      California where taxes are so high????? State and local taxes are peanuts compared to US federal taxes. So….again…you either are a little kid that has never received a pay stub or a sad dumb adult.

      • bajafox

        You mad? lol

        I am well aware of how taxes work, I’ve probably been paying taxes since you learned how to jerk off at the age of 16.

        If you really think that Dana does not pay these fighters under the table to avoid them having to pay taxes, then you “sir” are blind to the real world.

  • kooolout

    and they said jon fitch was too expensive

    • Lucas Freire

      So…what’s your point?

      • shakejunt

        the point is that lyoto and dan got paid a ridiculous sum of money for putting on a horrid fight

  • El Gvapo

    These strikeforce fighters have come in on some fat contracts compared to the UFC roster, no wonder it all went tits up.

  • Christina

    Even after adding any undisclosed payments you suspect they may get paid, then contrast these numbers against the MILLIONS paid to boxers and you see these folks are grossly underpaid.

    • shakejunt

      yep, every boxer gets paid millions

      • bajafox

        Yea, I doubt anyone can name more than 5 boxers who make more than six figures

        • Muay Thai

          These are a list of boxers who make way well above 7 figures! Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Nonito Donaire, Juan Manual Marquez, Amir Khan, Timothy Bradley….I can go on, but i’m sure you get the point.

          Bottom line, UFC fighters are getting raped. They deserve better than what Dana is giving them.

      • Christina

        Congratulations on missing the point. Name one UFC fighter that made over $500K in a fight. I don’t remember any, do you?

        • shakejunt

          brock did for sure. i’m fairly positive anderson and gsp do too.

          undercard boxers probably wish they got paid what undercard ufc fighters get.

    • MMAFAN

      Do we need to have this conversation every time they show us the fighter salaries, come on man, Enough already.

      • Christina

        Probably do need to. Why not ask the fighters? The only fighter in UFC157 that wasn’t underpaid was Machida.

        • MMAFAN

          The fighters are signing the contracts, they’re aware of how much they’re going to make. This isn’t boxing. As MMA grows so will the pay days.

        • shakejunt

          after that fight, i’d say he was overpaid

    • PhranktheTank

      1st off, a very select few boxers get paid millions. 2nd, the ‘undisclosed payments’ can amount to millions of dollars. GSP makes 4-5 million per fight. His disclosed pay is 400 000.

      • RondaKenPish

        Oh man…here we go again.

        Show me solid evidence that suggests that GSP makes 4-5 million and the UFC only reports $400k as his salary

        So UFC, who has been facing criticisms on fighter pay for the last ten years, decided to disclose ONLY fighter salary and not PPV bonus….yeah….

  • Muay Thai

    UFC fighters are getting raped! PPV event sold around 400k, meanwhile the main even fighters made $90k and $12k.

    UFC needs to stop the monopoly. Let fighters fight in other promotions so that Dana can’t control the pay! You can’t help but feel sorry for the fighters. Undercard fighters in boxing make 5 times more than the main event fighters for the UFC. There is something wrong with this picture.

    I remember BJ, Couture, Tito, and Nick Diaz spoke up about this issue, but Dana gave them hush hush money….

    • PhranktheTank

      Undercard boxers make peanuts. Undercard boxers make as little as a few hundred dollars a fight. Also, if rousey’s deal looks even remotely like the proposed Alvarez deal, she probably got something like a dollar per buy for the 1st 200000 and 2 dollars per buy for the next 200000. That’s approx 600k for her UFC debut. Add her purse and sponsorship money she’s probably looking at about 850k give or take. Not a bad chunk of change.

    • Remember, the $90k and $12k and other salaries reported above do not include things like PPV % bonuses if a fighter has such in his/her contract. These are the bout sheet #s reported to athletic commissions. Fighters often have other bonuses – such as a PPV % – and compensation built into their contracts. Not every fighter, but Ronda and Liz are making more than what was reported to the commission on their bout agreement.

  • Gus

    But surely Liz must get ppv percentage? The girl has no F-table!,!,!,!

  • Mike mckinney

    Don’t worry about Liz. She’s happy with her check. She’ll be getting over 150k for her fight. Maybe much more. Not to mention her pay for all her appearances.

    • RondaKenPish

      u sound dumb