UFC 160 Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 Fighter Salaries: Cain Velasquez Banks $400,000

May 28, 2013
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01-Cain-Velasquez-UFC-155-weighThe UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 fighter salaries were released to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez successfully defended his belt with a first-round finish of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, while his next challenger, Junior dos Santos, stopped Mark Hunt in the third round of their co-main event bout.

UFC 160 took place Saturday, May 25, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena 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.

UFC 160 Fighter Salaries

Cain Velasquez: $400,000 (no win bonus)
def. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva: $75,000

Junior dos Santos: $240,000 (includes $120,000 win bonus)
def. Mark Hunt: $160,000

Glover Teixeira: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. James Te Huna: $30,000

TJ Grant: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Gray Maynard: $45,000

Donald Cerrone: $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
def. KJ Noons: $41,000

Mike Pyle: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Story: $27,000

Dennis Bermudez: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Max Holloway: $14,000

Robert Whittaker: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Colton Smith: $15,000

Khabib Nurmagomedov: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Abel Trujillo: $8,000

Stephen Thompson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Nah-Shon Burrell: $9,000

George Roop: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Bowles: $19,000

Jeremy Stephens: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Estevan Payan: $10,000

UFC 160 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,533,000

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  • Orville

    Wow….we have guys fighting on the biggest pro mma stage in the world and some are only getting paid less than $20 k. per fight!

    • barnettoo

      Well…in anticipation of UFC nuthuggery that is eminently forthcoming…

      First, you don’t know a thing about money. Where I come from 20k is a lot of money! So quit being a brat!

      Second, 20k does not include PPV cuts and locker room bonus and YES…the lucrative endorsements!!! 20k reflects only a small portion of the total earnings. It’s actually close to 1 million.

      Third, these fighters agreed to those terms prior to the bout. they are all intelligent adults. So quit complaining.

      Fourth, you mean to pay them like boxing? Look at what happened to boxing! it is a dying sport because greedy promoters and fighters ruined it. Dana is doing good for the fans by keeping the salary low!!!

      • BBQ TRI TIP SANDWICH

        While I agree 20 fat is a large sum, I doubt the number is around a mil. VERY UNLIKELY. I also agree with them being adults and agreeing to their respective terms. Can’t complain if they they signed that shyt.

        • The Truth

          Without collective bargaining fighters will continue to get the s*** end of the stick just like every other sport before unions.. MMA Fighters aren’t even protected under the Ali act like boxers are, they get screwed because they don’t know any better..

        • barnettoo

          you know…I was being facetious….just lol at you.

          • BBQ TRI TIP SANDWICH

            Sorry. I don’t play internet games well. Congrats on showing me up…

          • Darin

            Your entire post was facetious, or just the part where you said a 20k fighter makes about a million per fight…..?

          • barnettoo

            ENTIRE POST

      • Baller31

        Dana is not doing anything good “for the fans.” He is making his bosses as much money as possible. He is a businessman. He abhors competition in the form of other MMA organizations, buying them up when he can, and dissing any organization that isn’t the UFC….including boxing. Boxers making too much money has nothing to do with the current state of the sport (which still rakes in a hell of a lot more than the UFC, by the way). Corrupt promoters such as Don King who wanted to control every fighter and dictate every match are what hurt boxing. Dana is not great for the sport in that he makes matches solely based on what will sell…not based on who the top contender is…Jones vs Sonnen, Jones vs. Belfort, St. Pierre vs Diaz, etc…

        • barnettoo

          I WAS BEING FACETIOUS!!!!

      • toom

        well after camp 20k is not alot of money

        • julian moran

          8k minus expenses is not a lot of money either.

        • barnettoo

          I WAS BEING FACETIOUS.

          THE ENTIRE POST WAS A JOKE.

          • Ryan

            You were being facetious? FACEPALM The entire post was a joke??? DOUBLE FACEPALM That was no joke, you are really that dumb.

      • Alfredo Sanchez

        Boxing is far from dying, in the biggest stage guys are making at least a million, and in some cases 25 + million, these guys are getting underpaid.

      • juan

        those are some big numbers, are you talking from personally experience, if not like my old professor use to say “cite your sources”,,, death of boxing??? more like the growing popularity of MMA and boarder appeal to white audiences .. boxing was always looking for the “great white hope”,,, MMA has plenty

      • julian moran

        Fighters also have a lot of expenses. Some of these fighters made less then 10 thousand. After deducting their training.. expenses they probably only profited 1 to 4 grand for their fight. That is s*** money for fighting for the top mma organization in the world.

        If Dana decided to further reduce their pay, would you support the decision because “these fighters agreed to those terms prior to the bout. they are all intelligent adults..”
        That they are willing to fight in the ufc for s*** money does not justify paying them s*** for their effort.

        Pay the fighters more, they will be able to train more and better, and fight better and the fans and everyone else will be happy.

      • ghost

        This where you don’t know what your talking about. a select few get ppv cuts. if your making 20k a fight you are not getting huge locker bonuses either. will make 5k to 10k in sponsorsship money if they are lucky. but if you are not on the main card or featured on FX you are not going to garner large sponsorship money.people have said boxing is dying for 25years. but Mikkel Kessler and Carl Frotch made more money than the guys in the UFC. and Floyd mayweather makes more in one fight than almost all the UFC fighters combine for the whole year

      • Ryan

        People who are earning 20k on the books are no way near earning 1 million per fight after all is said and done. What the f*** are you smokin’ bud.

    • Miguel Rivera

      those are beginners, most boxers start out and for long time get paid any where from 500 to 2000 a fight, so 20k isnt bad

      • barnettoo

        nice! compare MMA to boxing when convenient and refuse to compare when not convenient.

        MMA fighter makes 20k and boxers make $500. so MMA pay is fair.

        Cain made $400k and Floyd made $40million, BUT YOU CAN’T COMPARE THE TWO!!!!!!!

        Nice!!!

        • Darin

          Boxers ranked within the top 15-20 in their class are not making $500.

          • barnettoo

            I don’t know where you are going with this. So should you or should you not compare boxing with MMA?????

      • Baller31

        None of the fighters in the UFC are beginners…it is the premier major league organization in MMA. Check the fighters’ stats.

    • NaturalSelection

      Lets say you own a business, and you just hire someone, will you start them off at 25 dollars per hour or 10 and let them work their way up?

      • barnettoo

        fight promotion =/= running a small business.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    So tired of hearing about people complaining about money. Especially in a chosen profession where you stay in shape and learn self defense and earn sponsorships and other endorsements. Even half the fans are talking money, money, money. Where did the love of the sport go? I know guys who work full time jobs and train 6 days a week just because it’s what they love to do. Unless your a successful fighter in the UFC of course your going to complain about money I guess. I’m sure Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin are well taken care of. I have never heard them complain about money.

    • gnodeb

      Only fans and journalists are complaining… Or, some evil mind wants to help fighters to earn more for a small fee, so he is paying journalists and trolling message boards about “union”…

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        Interesting theory. I like the way you think.

    • bajafox

      Shane Carwin held an engineering job the entire time he fought in the UFC. It can be done

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        Indeed he did. I had a lot more respect for him when he mentioned he did it to show his children that he needed a backup for fighting and that the fight game wasn’t his entire world.

  • JDMMA

    wow, JDS went from $300k (last fight, no win bonus) to $120k (with $120k win bonus) Uncle Dana really want these guys to perform, imagine if half of your pay depends on your performance

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      Yea imagine ;)

    • blezza

      The way it should be. There should be a direct correlation with how much your paid on performance. Keeps the fighters motivated, financially at least.

  • Baller31

    Comparing MMA to boxing is a valid comparison, as Dana White likes to make the comparison on a weekly basis and everytime there is a PPV card. What Dana doesn’t like to compare, however, are the salaries. The fact is the heavyweight champion of the largest MMA organization in the world makes a fraction of what the heavyweight champion in boxing makes (Klitschko, $15 million and up per fight). Same goes for all the weight classes. And none of these guys in the UFC are beginners….they are all professionals with very good records before they come into the UFC…many are champions of other organizations…so to compare their salaries to a beginning pro boxer does not make any sense at all….it would be better to compare their meager UFC salaries to those of a pro boxer with 15 fights and a very good record….again…no comparison. Dana is a great promoter in that he markets the UFC well, and makes the upper management a lot of money.

  • Darin

    I have a feeling most of these guys get lots of under the table money. Remember, the numbers you see above are being taxed. If Dana slips you a roll of bills in the locker room it goes in your pocket and f*** Uncle Sam.

    • bajafox

      Exactly what I was thinking. These guys must be making bank “under the table” to screw the government. The fighters would spend that money 1000x better than our government would.

  • julian moran

    Have KJ Noons vs Nate Diaz next.

  • julian moran

    What it comes down to is,
    Pay the fighters enough (more then 8k), they will be able to afford training more, they will become better fighters and provide better fights. Thus the sport will grow.

    Imagine if all fighters were being paid 10 cents a fight. Fighters would work full time on the side, not train, not improve and mma would be ….

  • bajafox

    Every time the salaries are released the trolls who know more about running a business come out of nowhere to slam the pay structure.