UFC 164 Fighter Salaries: Frank Mir and Josh Barnett Top the Disclosed Payroll

October 11, 2013
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UFC 164 Poster Henderson vs Pettis-478x270The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services on Friday released the UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis fighter salaries.

UFC 164 took place Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

Anthony Pettis became the new UFC lightweight champion by submitting Benson Henderson in the night’s main event.

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 164 Fighter Salaries

Anthony Pettis: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Benson Henderson: $110,000

Josh Barnett: $160,000 (no win bonus)
def. Frank Mir: $200,000

Chad Mendes: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
def. Clay Guida: $44,000

Ben Rothwell: $108,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Vera: $70,000

Dustin Poirier: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Erik Koch: $15,000

Gleison Tibau: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus)
def. Jamie Varner: $17,000

Tim Elliott: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Louis Gaudinot: $8,000

Hyun Gyu Lim: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Pascal Krauss: $15,000

Chico Camus: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Kyung Ho Kang: $8,000

Soa Palelei: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Nikita Krylov: $8,000

Al Iaquinta: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ryan Couture: $15,000

Magnus Cedenblad: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Jared Hamman: $14,000

UFC 164 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,126,000

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  • justin e

    Makes me sick how HW fighters get paid just for being heavy. seriously. Ben Rothwell made the same as the champ.

    • David

      I agree but it’s because people pay to watch them. I hope if Anthony pettis keeps doing what he’s doing it would increase not only his pay but his divisions pay. That dude may just be the most entertaining fighter in the UFC right now.

      • Jason

        No question about. Pettis is by far the most entertaining fighter in the UFC. There really isn’t anyone else close.

        • Mr Pete

          “Most entertaining”???? Really? Nick Diaz? No?

          • Mike mckinney

            I’m not sure pettis is the most entertaining, but I understand the arguement. He’s a serious threat to finish a fight from almost any position in the blink of an eye.
            Nick Diaz, not even remotely close.

          • Mr Pete

            The statement was a quote about “most entertaining” Barry, Wand, Zombie, Cain, Diaz, Condit, Manhoef, Lombard (pre-UFC) etc. Point is there are many entertaining fighter that win or lose always puts on a good show. I have seen only 1 boring Fedor fight vs Arona. Don Frye deserves mention as well.

            Note: Are you saying Nick Diaz cannot finish a fight from anywhere? Didn’t Pettis get dry humped by Guida? He didnt finish that fight? How many people have submitted GSP off their back? 1 fluke by Hughes? To say Diaz “cant finish fights from any position would have to apply to Pettis as well.

          • Mike mckinney

            I wasn’t saying that pettis always finishes fights. I said he’s a legit threat to finish from anywhere at any moment.
            I’d actually give that same credit to Diaz on the ground. It’s standing that he’s not the “one strike ko” threat. He’s an accumulative striker. Guys seem more like they’re just tired of being hit, more than they’re afraid of it. It’s pretty rare at the lighter weight divisions to have 1 strike threat. That’s what made BJ penn so popular.
            Like I said, I don’t think pettis is the most exciting guy out there, but I get if someone else thinks so.

          • Mr Pete

            Agreed mostly, however it does not make a difference via 1 hit KO or “pepper shot” to death. It’s is entertaining both ways. Bonner vs Griffin would not be where they are if they had just KO’d each other in 30 second of rd 1. Ultimately 90% of KO’s is due to fatigue and some point. As far as most entertaining take a guy out in a second be it submission or a strike, Pettis sure has a valid argument, although he is far from the only one

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    • Erik

      Ben Rothwell also won his fight.

  • Mike mckinney

    Heavyweights should get paid more than the smaller guys. It cost more to feed them…

    On a more serious note, it is the least handicapped division in the UFC. There’s a part of me that wishes they’d lift the 265 max, but I’m sure it has to be there so they can have regulation. I doubt there would be many guys coming in too much bigger, but it would be nice to have a non handicapped division.

    • William Stryker

      Heavyweights should get paid more because they bring in more money.