- UFC 68 FIGHTER SALARIES

March 6, 2007
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by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for UFC 68, which took place this past Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

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. Any undisclosed bonuses that the UFC also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, PPV bonuses for PPV main event fighters), are not included in the figures below. Also not reflected below are the taxes that the fighters have to pay.

Following the fighter salaries for UFC 68 are the fighter salaries for UFC Fight Night 8, which took place on January 25 in Hollywood, Florida.

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.

In addition, next to each fighter’s name is the number of UFC fights that he has had, not counting fights that took place during Ultimate Fighter seasons because those fights are officially classified as exhibitions.

UFC 68— March 3, 2007

Title Match & Main Event Fighters

-Randy Couture: $250,000 (17th fight in UFC; defeated Tim Sylvia)

-Tim Sylvia: $100,000 (11th fight in UFC; lost to Randy Couture)

Main Card Fighters

-Matt Hughes: $150,000 (18th fight in UFC; defeated Chris Lytle)

-Rich Franklin: $42,000 (9th fight in UFC; defeated Jason MacDonald)

-Renato “Babalu” Sobral: $21,000 (9th fight in UFC; lost to Jason Lambert)

-Martin Kampmann: $20,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Drew McFedries)

-Jason Lambert: $18,000 (5th fight in UFC; defeated Renato “Babalu” Sobral)

-Jason MacDonald: $14,000 (3rd fight in UFC; lost to Rich Franklin)

-Chris Lytle: $10,000 (8th fight in UFC; lost to Matt Hughes)

-Drew McFedries: $5,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Martin Kampmann)

Preliminary Match Fighters

-Jon Fitch: $28,000 (5th fight in UFC; defeated Luigi Fioravanti)

-Matt Hamill: $10,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Rex Holman)

-Luigi Fioravanti: $8,000 (4th fight in UFC; lost to Jon Fitch)

-Jamie Varner: $6,000 (2nd fight in UFC; defeated Jason Gilliam)

-Gleison Tibau: $6,000 (2nd fight in UFC; defeated Jason Dent)

-Rex Holman: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Matt Hamill)

-Jason Gilliam: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Jamie Varner)

-Jason Dent: $3,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Gleison Tibau)

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $697,000

UFC Fight Night 8— January 25, 2007

Main Event Fighters

-Rashad Evans: $24,000 (5th fight in UFC; defeated Sean Salmon)

-Sean Salmon: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Rashad Evans)

Main Card Fighters

-Heath Herring: $60,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Jake O’Brien)

-Hermes Franca: $24,000 (7th fight in UFC; defeated Spencer Fisher)

-Jake O’Brien: $18,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Heath Herring)

-Spencer Fisher: $13,000 (6th fight in UFC; lost to Hermes Franca)

Preliminary Match Fighters

-Nathan Marquardt: $44,000 (4th fight in UFC; defeated Dean Lister)

-Ed Herman: $24,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Chris Price)

-Din Thomas: $24,000 (6th fight in UFC; defeated Clay Guida)

-Rich Clementi: $20,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Ross Pointon)

-Josh Burkman: $14,000 (5th fight in UFC; defeated Chad Reiner)

-Dean Lister: $11,000 (3rd fight in UFC; lost to Nathan Marquardt)

-Chris Price: $7,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Ed Herman)

-Ross Pointon: $5,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Rich Clementi)

-Clay Guida: $5,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Din Thomas)

-Chad Reiner: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Josh Burkman)

Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $299,000

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