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- UFC 76 SALARIES: LIDDELL EARNS $500,000

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary and attendance information for UFC 76, which took place on Sept. 22 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The attendance for UFC 76 was 13,770, accounting for total gate receipts of $1,984,880, according to the California State Athletic Commission.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that Zuffa, LLC (the UFC’s parent company) are 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 Zuffa and the UFC also pay its fighters, but do not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses for the top pay-per-view main event fighters, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.

In the listings below, “Main Event Fighters” are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of 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 TV broadcast.

MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS

-Chuck Liddell: $500,000 (19th fight in UFC; lost to Keith Jardine; win bonus would have been $0)

-Keith Jardine: $14,000 (7th fight in UFC; defeated Chuck Liddell; includes win bonus of $7,000)

MAIN CARD FIGHTERS

-Mauricio Rua: $150,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Forrest Griffin; win bonus would have been $50,000)

-Lyoto Machida: $50,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Kazuhiro Nakamura; includes win bonus of $25,000)

-Forrest Griffin: $44,000 (8th fight in UFC; defeated Mauricio Rua; includes win bonus of $22,000)

-Jon Fitch: $44,000 (7th fight in UFC; defeated Diego Sanchez; includes win bonus of $22,000)

-Tyson Griffin: $24,000 (4th fight in UFC; defeated Thiago Tavares; includes win bonus of $12,000)

-Diego Sanchez: $22,000 (8th fight in UFC; lost to Jon Fitch; win bonus would have been $22,000)

-Kazuhiro Nakamura: $20,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Lyoto Machida; win bonus would have been $6,000)

-Thiago Tavares: $9,000 (3rd fight in UFC; lost to Tyson Griffin; win bonus would have been $9,000)

PRELIMINARY MATCH FIGHTERS

-Rich Clementi: $24,000 (5th fight in UFC; defeated Anthony Johnson; includes win bonus of $12,000)

-Matt Wiman: $16,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Michihiro Omigawa; includes win bonus of $8,000)

-Christian Wellisch: $14,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Scott Junk; includes win bonus of $7,000)

-Jeremy Stephens: $6,000 (2nd fight in UFC; defeated Diego Saraiva; includes win bonus of $3,000)

-Michihiro Omigawa: $5,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Matt Wiman; win bonus would have been $5,000)

-Anthony Johnson: $5,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Rich Clementi; win bonus would have been $5,000)

-Scott Junk: $4,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Christian Wellisch; win bonus would have been $4,000)

-Diego Saraiva: $3,000 (3rd fight in UFC; lost to Jeremy Stephens; win bonus would have been $3,000)

DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $954,000

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