by MMAWeekly.com Staff
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for UFC Fight Night 15 featuring Nate Diaz vs. Josh Neer, which took place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.
Although mixed martial arts 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 a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, 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 the main event. “Preliminary Card 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 or Internet broadcast.
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
– Nate Diaz ($40,000/win bonus was $20,000) def. Josh Neer ($9,000)
*Each also earned an extra $30,000 for “UFC Fight Night 15 Fight of the Night”
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
– Clay Guida ($26,000/win bonus was $13,000) def. Mac Danzig ($15,000)
– Alan Belcher ($26,000/win bonus was $13,000) def. Ed Herman ($16,000)
– Eric Schafer ($12,000/win bonus was $6,000) def. Houston Alexander ($13,000)
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
– Alessio Sakara ($34,000/win bonus was $17,000) def. Joe Vedepo ($3,000)
*Sakara also earned an extra $30,000 for “UFC Fight Night 15 Knockout of the Night”
– Wilson Gouveia ($36,000/win bonus was $18,000) def. Ryan Jensen ($4,000)
*Gouveia also earned an extra $30,000 for “UFC Fight Night 15 Submission of the Night”
– Joe Lauzon ($20,000/win bonus was $10,000) def. Kyle Bradley ($4,000)
– Jason Brilz ($6,000/win bonus was $3,000) def. Brad Morris ($4,000)
– Mike Massenzio ($6,000/win bonus was $3,000) def. Drew McFedries ($16,000)
– Dan Miller ($10,000/win bonus was $5,000) def. Rob Kimmons ($5,000)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 15 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $305,000
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 15 AWARD BONUSES
(as disclosed by UFC officials to MMAWeekly.com)
Each fighter received a $30,000 bonus for the following awards.
Fight of the Night:
-Nate Diaz vs. Josh Neer
Knockout of the Night:
Submission of the Night: