by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for UFC 65, which took place on November 18th in Sacramento, California.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that the UFC is required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.
Although MMA 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. In addition, any undisclosed bonuses or other monies that the UFC also pays its fighters (specifically, PPV bonuses for the top PPV main event fighters) is not included in the figures below.
In the listings below, “Title Match & Main Event Fighters” are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show and/or compete in a title fight on a show. “Main Card Fighters” are defined as fighters whose fights appear on the main card, but not in title fights or in the main event. “Preliminary Match Fighters” are defined as fighters whose matches take place before the live broadcast goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the PPV broadcast.
Title Match & Main Event Fighters
-Tim Sylvia: $120,000 (defeated Jeff Monson)
-Matt Hughes: $75,000 (lost to Georges St. Pierre)
-Georges St. Pierre: $58,000 (defeated Matt Hughes)
-Jeff Monson: $13,000 (lost to Tim Sylvia)
Main Card Fighters
-Brandon Vera: $40,000 (defeated Frank Mir)
-Frank Mir: $36,000 (lost to Brandon Vera)
-Joe Stevenson: $24,000 (defeated Dokonjonosuke Mishima)
-Alessio Sakara: $10,000 (lost to Drew McFedries)
-Drew McFedries: $8,000 (defeated Alessio Sakara)
-Dokonjonosuke Mishima: $8,000 (lost to Joe Stevenson)
Preliminary Match Fighters
-Nick Diaz: $24,000 (defeated Gleison Tibau)
-Jake O’Brien: $12,000 (defeated Josh Shockman)
-James Irvin: $10,000 (defeated Hector Ramirez)
-Antoni Hardonk: $6,000 (defeated Sherman Pendergarst)
-Sherman Pendergarst: $4,000 (lost to Antoni Hardonk)
-Josh Shockman: $3,000 (lost to Jake O’Brien)
-Hector Ramirez: $3,000 (lost to James Irvin)
-Gleison Tibau: $3,000 (lost to Nick Diaz)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $457,000