UFC 170 Fighter Salaries: Daniel Cormier Bests Ronda Rousey on Disclosed Payroll

February 24, 2014
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Daniel-Cormier-UFC-170-Post-PressUFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey maintained her stranglehold on the division with a first-round stoppage of fellow former Olympian Sara McMann on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. (Watch highlights of the Rousey vs. McMann fight here.)

Daniel Cormier made his successful light heavyweight debut in the night’s co-main event, quickly stopping short-notice replacement Patrick Cummins, who subbed in for an injured Rashad Evans. (Watch highlights of the Cormier vs. Cummins fight here.)

Despite being in the supporting co-main event, it was Cormier, not Rousey, that topped the UFC 170 list of fighter salaries that the Nevada State Athletic Commission released to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.

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 170 Fighter Salaries

Ronda Rousey: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Sara McMann: $16,000

Daniel Cormier: $160,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
def. Patrick Cummins: $8,000

Rory MacDonald: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Demian Maia: $64,000

Mike Pyle: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
def. TJ Waldburger: $18,000

Stephen Thompson: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Robert Whittaker: $15,000

Alexis Davis: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Jessica Eye: $8,000

Raphael Assuncao: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Pedro Munhoz: $8,000

Aljamain Sterling: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Cody Gibson: $8,000

Zach Makovsky: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Sampo: $10,000

Erik Koch: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Rafaello Oliveira: $14,000

Ernest Chavez: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Yosdenis Cedeno: $8,000

UFC 170 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $843,000

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  • L

    $8000 for Pat Cummins. Hmm, Rogan should mention fighter pay next time he’s trying to convince us how much of a ‘beast’ a guy is.

    • ron

      The fighters pay is a joke ufc .Rhonda makes less than cormier. She’s a champ and he’s just a contender. The pay system us a joke some guys barely make ten grand . stop hoarding all the cash Dana and pay all the people in the ufc decent wages. 50:000 mom for fighters.pre lim fighters 25.000 min or something like that

      • TheCerealKiller

        Ronda is one of the highest paid in the UFC right now. Look it up, Dana just said it. Fight money is not all of her pay from the UFC.

        • joe

          hopefully she gets ppv cut too…and then she will realize no1 likes her after this card bc it had no co main like she use to get to help her.

      • gnodeb

        I don’t get it. How much money fighter can make without organisation? How does that look like? Fist fight in backyard for 10-15 drunk spectators!?

        All of the sudden, 8k + bonus + sponsors + insurance looks incredible…

  • TheCerealKiller

    Poor Patrick Cummins lost his job at the coffee shop for a mere $8000! That’s only like four months pay for him. How will he ever find another coffee gig?

    • T.S.

      2k a month for a coffee shop? Try $800-$1,200.

      • TheCerealKiller

        Ok, so he just got paid almost a years wages for almost nothing.

        • drkdisciple

          DC gave him one hell of a tip…or was it a tap on the chin.

    • Seth

      Well, that’s a first fight. Most likely he will be back with more suitable fight within 3 months to get another paycheck.

    • gnodeb

      What about this? He was paid by DC to insult him on tweeter so this fight could happen. Everything about this was fake… just like this report…

  • rljon

    Lost his job, any health benefits, embarrassed on TV, possibly got a concussion and lost some brain cells. But Unkie Dana was happy.

    • T.S.

      1) His job is now with the UFC, 8k for this fight compared to 8k for 7-8 months working at coffee shop?

      2) UFC fighters get full fighter insurance.

      • tnt

        but at the coffee shop u ddnt have bad men punching u in the face n after the way he fought he better hope theres another coffee shop in town

      • rljon

        1) Facts: he has AC fees, traveling expenses for 2nd corner man, training costs, manger fees. From fighters own words this ranges around %50 or maybe even more of their pay. Also taxes.

        So you mean around 4k for the next 3-4 months, right?

        While his quality of life and brain cells have deteriorated. He hyped and stuck out his neck for ufc he gets 4k and half the MMA world laughs at him for the shit talk. Which the UFC encouraged.

        2.)full insurance? Do you know how the real world works? They get covered for injuries that occurred on the job. Which is law anyways. UFC also cover training injuries.Thy dont get help with co-pays for doctor visits, dental, etc. If they have flu or something their prescription is going to be a lot of money because they DONT have that type of insurance.

        What points were you trying to make?

  • julian moran

    Cormier, MacDonald and Maia are under paid.

    • Seth

      I wouldn’t agree on Maia and MacDonald…Maia isn’t big of a draw, even in Brazil (comparing to other brazilians there) not to mention US, besides he showed why he’s not top Welterweight in that fight. Rory…well…he’s still young, has plenty of time and – let’s face it – one fight won’t change the fact that most of his time he waits to counterreact on his opponents actions and he’s not most exciting fella to watch.

    • Richard Schnurr

      I hope this is sarcasm cause those fighters make 500k plus a year
      Cormier 160k a fight x 2-3 a year throw in a broadcasting gig 100k a year sponsors for him are probably pretty huge that means he makes him very well off.

    • Slicer

      No way ahah that is huge numbers, Rory fights 2 or 3 times a year. He is netting at least 150k without bonuses, Cormier over 2k, Maia over 2k. I’d love to make 200k a year man plus bonuses and pocket change

  • danksy

    Ronda Rousey is supposed to be the biggest UFC star now and she still makes less than the guys. lol

    Pat Cummins needs to hire an agent

    • Chris Morgan

      Cummins does have an agent. Regardless, he still would’ve made 8k (and an additional 8k had he won) since that’s the starting salary for an unknown fighter in the UFC. That being said, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if Cummins got one of the behind the scenes paychecks the UFC is fond of handing out.

  • TKDGuy

    Wtf is Rory making 100k?
    Maybe it’s just my dislike for him, but I don’t think he rates that yet.

    • Chris Morgan

      Well he’s been around long enough & won enough fights to get to the 50k/50k win bonus salary level. If it’s any consolation, Rory walked away with only 50k after his fight w/ Lawler.

    • brad king

      The dude is the heir apparent to GSP’s vacated throne. He will rule until a 3 fight trilogy with wonderboy.!

  • carsti07 .

    would love to see what the Bellator guys get, the Boxers who are not the Main Event- actually this earning topic is from there a real topic- now it´s just thinking and speculating of media and fans

  • Fighterpay

    And Barao is making $10,000 to show $10,000 to win.

    • TheCerealKiller

      That’s all about his first contract that HE agreed to. His money is coming soon.

  • drkdisciple

    Hard to believe Pyle makes almost as much money as Rory MacDonald. Hope he invests some of that 96k on a new haircut.

  • Jpelico

    The money in MMA is ridiculous!!! These guys and women put their well being if not their lives on the line for much less money than any other sport. These are the top contenders I am talking about too. It’s too bad!

    • earlsimmons

      “put their well being if not their lives on the line”
      LUL o ya their jobs are more dangerous than cops or firefighters or electric lineman. And yet they all make less than UFC fighters.

  • Robby Clark

    None of them make enough… $8,000 to co-main and get ko’d? Lol, no thanks. If a potential “opportunity” is $16,000 for winning a co-main event fight against a #1 contender, than working at the coffee shop doesn’t seem so bad. I really hope Cummins made more than this.

    • This was only Cummins 5th pro fight and UFC debut with an opportunity to make way more if he had won. I’m sure he received an undisclosed bonus for taking the fight on short notice and another chance to fight in the UFC.

      • bajafox

        Nobody cares about facts on mmaweekly when it comes to fighter salaries

  • Alfonso Cano

    My Gosh this guys are midgets in salaries! Canelo won 43 million, in the fight vs mayweather and these guys are making a tiny pay in comparison to boxers????

    • Guest

      Mayweather got 43 million not Canelo, no athlete comes close to making money like Mayweather but yeah these guys are on tiny pay in comparison. Mayweather wouldn’t even get out of bed for $160,000 if Dana paid him that he’d show him what a $43,000,000 check looks like

  • Glenn Goldsmith

    Why does the UFC release people’s salaries? It’s no one else’s business what you earn! Poor form and bad manners …

  • jimmy777

    rousey is the new silva, everyone wants to see her lose..

  • Jesse Crandall

    I wonder what the PPV hauled in for the night ? If the payroll was $ 843,000.00 Payroll Hmmmm ?

    • Maddawgmar

      $1.5 mil gate, but I haven’t seen PPV numbers, then the sponsorship money. Plus add ‘of the night’ awards. They made their money many times over.


    lol @ people defending low fighter pay.

  • moQ

    Ronda Rousey!Ronda Rousey!Ronda Rousey!Ronda Rousey!Ronda Rousey!Ronda Rousey..All the way>>>>>

  • Maddawgmar

    All of you that say these guys are under payed, this is disclosed pay. Not other compensation. These fighters have sponsors that pay the monthly plus every time they fight. There are additional pay they get. Besides they fight for no more than 15-20 minutes. There are military personnel in combat that fight all year that only make 30k a year. Quit crying over athletes pay. I came home to 16k dollars after a 6 month combat tour, I didn’t complain.

    • Sir_Roy

      Fair points. I think what people are griping most about though, is not so much what they’re making, as it is the pay the main draws make (disclosed pay) compared to the take those running the show bring in. Not saying owners and presidents shouldn’t be making top dollar, however, at a glance, it appears severely lop sided.

      Also, you can’t diminish all the months and months of hard work, training (paying for trainers and corner men), blood sweat and tears these fighters put in to compete at the level they compete at. Minimizing that to “15-20” minutes of fight time is a little ingenuous and misleading.

      • Maddawgmar

        Your absolutely correct. The reason I didn’t mention the build up is, most fighters have sponsors the pay them monthly kinda like a salary. This allows them to pay the bills, gym fees, whatever. Then the big payday comes when they fight they get their fight purse, incentives, bonuses, etc. in which they will pay their trainer, manager and agent. Usually about 10%. This is all stemming from a documentary I saw about fighters years back. I’m not sure about the ins and outs, but they usually get compensated pretty well. I can see that with three fights someone like McMann can bring home like 125k this year after everything is paid, more if she gets ‘of the night’ bonuses. Still not a lot compared to the likes of Mayweather, but not small potatoes.

    • bvol

      They won’t get their advertisement money much longer. Looks like Dana is trying to put that into his own pocket

  • chuckspires.com

    I do think that White should pay a female main eventer as much as the male main eventer. I think at least in the last fight more people bought tickets and pay per views more for Ronda than for Cormier .vs Cummins. So she should get a higher pay in my opinion.
    Also, Fighters make a lot of money that is not listed. They charge for the type of stuff they wear while training, while fighting. They get paid for tweeting and mentioning a product. They get d for street clothes they wear during interviews. At least the ones that know how to market do. I would say a fighter that knows the ropes in marketing will get paid extra at the very least another $500.000 a year. For women it is greater opportunity because other woman watching them are more subject to pay attention to and buy things they see female fighters wearing because they are more into that kind of stuff. Ronda tweeted last year several times about “hey look at this adorable top I just bought” and I know she got paid for it.
    I would expect that Ronda gets paid an easy million extra per year just to wear or brand things around her. And whatever car she rides in was more than likely heavily discounted as long as she is sown getting in and out of it during a specific time frame. These people work deals for vacations and personal trips provided they find a way to get something out about the product. Like when GSP took to his Hiwaya <—- lol, vacation as long as word got out where he was and what e was doing. So these people don't hurt too bad. But with aof that being said White should pay Ronda more for a main event placement.

  • King_DG

    wow $8000 for co-main eventing. I guess that’s better than working at a coffee shop I guess

    • Manuel Lopez

      the better gain is that he got his foot inside ufc, he got all that exposure and he will get more fights…. yes that is 1000 ways better than working in a coffee shop.

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  • taylor2008

    Sorry but a co-main event fighter gets $8k? Are you serious? They should have at least paid him $25k or so. And Mcmann only got $16k for main event? While Dana is pulling in over $1 million a year. Maybe $2 million or more by now. What a joke!

  • MuayThaiFood

    Where are the folks who said the fight with Cummins was high risk with little to gain? All the work was already done in training, all he had to do was go out and perform for less than two minutes and collect 160K. Anyone who thought that wasn’t smart of him to take that fight might want to reconsider.