UFC 175 Fighter Salaries: Chris Weidman Tops the List Just Under Half a Million Dollars

July 7, 2014
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Chris Weidman UFC ChampionUFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman cemented his status atop the division at UFC 175 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, when he won a unanimous decision over Lyoto Machida. He was rewarded for his efforts with a $450,000 reported payday, which put him atop the UFC 175 fighter salaries, according to MMAJunkie.com, citing the Nevada Athletic Commission.

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey continued to build her legacy by knocking out Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds. She, however, was third on the list of publicly disclosed salaries, drawing $120,000 to Machida’s $200,000.

UFC 175 Fighter Salaries

Chris Weidman: $450,000 (includes $225,000 win bonus)
def. Lyoto Machida: $200,000

Ronda Rousey: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Alexis Davis: $24,000

Uriah Hall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $10,000

Russell Doane: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Marcus Brimage: $10,000

Urijah Faber: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Caceres: $19,000

Kenny Robertson: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Ildemar Alcantara: $16,000

Bruno Santos: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Camozzi: $23,000

Rob Font: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. George Roop: $20,000

Luke Zachrich: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Guilherme Vasconcelos: $8,000

Kevin Casey: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. William “Bubba” Bush: $8,000

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  • julian moran

    How did Alexis Davis (with a loss) get paid more then Uriah Hall and 90 percent of the other fighters on the card?

    • Joseph Rodriguez Minickene

      Better sponsors I guess who knows just like how Chris wiedman made almost half a mill

      • julian moran

        No, it’s because she fought for a title fight. Even though she does not have an impressive record or mma skill set, she got paid more money then more deserving (male) fighters; in order to make the women division look more serious/significant then it is.

        • julian moran

          It’s sexist.

    • chris

      lots of young guns in first fights davis in co is going to get the payday

  • brad king

    how much did alexis get paid from dana to take a fall like that? this ufc needs to be rid of dana trade him to WWE. Stop trying to make RR seem better than she is. it is getting pathetic

  • k2i

    They should be paid more !

  • George Sperry

    What did Renan Barao make for his last title defense? $38,000?

  • Dustin Alexander

    Because your salary is not an indicator of your ability to do your job, it’s an indicator of your ability to negotiate your salary.

  • gerry

    why is Weidman getting paid so much?

    • UltimateFloorCuddling

      I was thinking the same. The ufc is a joke lol… i’m tired of hearing.. “Getting sponsors” It more like a popularity contest. Now you see why people like baoro 30,000 and aldo getting pissed off while weidman get paid 600,000? he defended how many times?

      • Maddawgmar

        It’s marketability, I think the A. Silva conquerer is more marketable than the Uriah Faber conquerer. As for Aldo, I can’t explain that. But I’m sure there are more incentives than just base pay for those fighters. PPV percentage, etc.

    • Seth

      Watch Luke Thomas’ weekly chat – he explains it pretty well.

      You have Barao, who don’t speak english and it’s hard to promote his fights – and you have a guy who beat Anderson Silva twice in a row and can actually promote himself, which leads him to make more people to buy tickets/PPV.

      Simple example: Which fight in your opinion brought bigger income for the UFC? Barao Vs Dillasahw or Weidman Vs Machida? That shows you why Weidman is being paid more than Barao. More money you can generate for the ufc, the more you will get yourself. It’s that simple.

      • George Sperry

        A lot of irony in this sentence… “You have Barao, who don’t speak english…”

        • Seth

          Does he? I mean, from what I saw whenever there is countdown or preview with him, they always put subtitles. He may speak it in private, but during promoting a fight they either give him someone who will translate what he says, or puts subtitles. Am I wrong?

          • George Sperry

            I was commenting on you using don’t instead of doesn’t while saying someone else doesn’t speak English. I thought it was being clever and it was just obtuse I guess.

  • Seth

    For people that are “furious” or “upset” with how much Chris made:

    In MMA what you negotiate is what you get. Really. You have to know HOW to negotiate, though. Use all the leverage you have – like Gilbert Melendez. He and his manager used what they had – his name’s value, his popularity and potential income for UFC’s competition – but also UFC’s brand against them, as the UFC is know to have all the best fighters and Gil is for sure top lightweight. Also they went to talk somewhere, where the money is and where people would REALLY use a good and world-wide known fighter. That’s how he forced UFC to give him better deal.

    UFC titleholders have even more leverage to negotiate – could you possibly imagine UFC firing a champion because he wanted too much money? Barao had his chance to negotiate new deal or renegotiate current one, when he had the best position to do so – as UFC World Champion. Now he lost the belt and he lost a lot of negotiation power. Ofcourse it’s still Renan Barao, Top 5 Bantamweight in the world, tremendous fighter, explosive and fun to watch most of them time – but losing the title costed him also a chance for a better deal.

    So don’t blame Chris for using his position to negotiate better deal for him and his family – blame Barao and his management for not using what they had to make his deal better.

  • anti UFC mma fan

    The UFC is so lame they pay Bruce Buffer more than the average fighter. I love MMA but not so crazy about the UFC brand its turning out to be very lame like people that wear tapout.

  • dandogood

    elf faber made what Rousey did and was a prelim fight. Rousey is grossly underpaid. $500,000 should have been Rhonda’s salary. UFC is screwing the woman.

  • anti ufc mma fan

    Dandogood I agree she should have got paid even more than weidman. The UFC is a hype money machine with Rondas sex appeal I am sure so many people just watched her for that its sad to say but its true. If I was rondas agent I’d be asking for half a million plus per fight. I love mma but over the years became an anti UFC fan I don’t like how they treat the fighters

  • Tyme_5

    Wow looks like fighter pay has actually increased for the guys in the UFC, as sad as that is to say lol