by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The fighter salary information for Monday night’s UFC Fight Night 20, featuring a main event lightweight showdown between Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., was released to Sherdog.com on Tuesday by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.
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 main card goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the TV or Internet broadcast.
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
-Gray Maynard: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz: $48,000
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Evan Dunham: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Efrain Escudero: $15,000
*Dunham also received a $30,000 Submission of the Night bonus.
-Aaron Simpson: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Tom Lawlor: $10,000
*Simpson and Lawlor also received $30,000 each for the Fight of the Night bonus.
-Amir Sadollah: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Brad Blackburn: $13,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Chris Leben: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Jay Silva: $6,000
-Rick Story: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Jesse Lennox: $7,000
-Nik Lentz: $7,000 (no win bonus awarded for draw) vs. Thiago Tavares: $15,000
-Rafael dos Anjos: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Bradley: $8,000
-Gerald Harris: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. John Salter: $6,000
*Harris also received a $30,000 Knockout of the Night bonus.
-Nick Catone: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Jesse Forbes: $6,000
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 20 DISCLOSED PAYROLL: $363,000
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 20 AWARDS & BONUSES
(Each fighter was awarded $30,000 per award, which is in addition to his disclosed salary.)
Fight of the Night:
-Aaron Simpson and Tom Lawlor
Knockout of the Night:
Submission of the Night: