by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for the UFC 73: Stacked, which took place on Saturday, July 7 in Sacramento, Calif.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that the Ultimate Fighting Championship is required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions. All figures provided by the California State Athletic Commission.
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, are 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. “Preliminary Match Fights” are fights that are taped before a television or pay-per-view show goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those fights aired on the telecast or pay-per-view broadcast.
The official attendance for UFC 73, as recorded by the CSAC, was 13,183. That total includes a paid attendance of 8,622, or 65.4% of the total attendance. There were 4,561 exempt or complimentary tickets that the promotion gave away, or 34.6% of the total attendance.
The total capacity of the Arco Arena for UFC 73 was 16,811. That leaves 3,628 tickets that were neither sold nor given away. The live gate (total gross receipts from ticket sales) for UFC 73 was $1,551,920, and the total disclosed fighter payroll was $761,000.
Title Match and Main Event Fighters
-Anderson Silva: $90,000 (defeated Nathan Marquardt; $45,000 + $45,000 win bonus)
-Sean Sherk: $28,000 (defeated Hermes Franca; $14,000 + $14,000 win bonus)
-Nathan Marquardt: $24,000 (lost to Anderson Silva)
-Hermes Franca: $14,000 (lost to Sean Sherk)
Main Card Fighters
-Tito Ortiz: $210,000 (drew with Rashad Evans)
-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: $200,000 (defeated Heath Herring; $100,000 + $100,000 win bonus)
-Heath Herring: $70,000 (lost to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira)
-Rashad Evans: $16,000 (drew with Tito Ortiz)
-Kenny Florian: $16,000 (defeated Alvin Robinson; $8,000 + $8,000 win bonus)
-Alvin Robinson: $3,000 (lost to Kenny Florian)
Preliminary Match Fighters
-Stephan Bonnar: $32,000 (defeated Mike Nickels; $16,000 + $16,000 win bonus)
-Chris Lytle: $20,000 (defeated Jason Gilliam; $10,000 + $10,000 win bonus)
-Jorge Gurgel: $14,000 (defeated Diego Saraiva; $7,000 + $7,000 win bonus)
-Frank Edgar: $10,000 (defeated Mark Bocek; $5,000 + $5,000 win bonus)
-Mike Nickels: $5,000 (lost to Stephan Bonnar)
-Mark Bocek: $3,000 (lost to Frank Edgar)
-Jason Gilliam: $3,000 (lost to Chris Lytle)
-Diego Saraiva: $3,000 (lost to Jorge Gurgel)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $761,000