UFC Fight Night 35 Fighter Salaries: Luke Rockhold and Cole Miller Top the Payroll

January 16, 2014
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Luke Rockhold - StrikeforceFormer Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold on Wednesday night at The Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., showed that he has finally assimilated to the Octagon, knocking Costas Philippou out in the UFC Fight Night 35 main event with a successive kicks to the liver.

Brad Tavares continued his climb up the UFC middleweight division ranks by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Lorenz Larkin in the night’s co-main event.

Not surprisingly, Larkin topped the list of the UFC Fight Night 35 fighter salaries released by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.

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.

UFC Fight Night 35 Fighter Salaries

Luke Rockhold: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
def. Constantinos Philippou: $23,000

Brad Tavares: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $26,000

T.J. Dillashaw: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Easton: $14,000

Yoel Romero: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Derek Brunson: $19,000

John Moraga: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Ortiz: $10,000

Cole Miller: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Sam Sicilia: $10,000

Ramsey Nijem: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Edwards: $10,000

Elias Silverio: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg: $12,000

Trevor Smith: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Houston: $8,000

Louis Smolka: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Alptekin Ozkilic: $10,000

Vinc Pichel: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Garett Whiteley: $8,000

Beneil Dariush: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Charlie Brenneman: $10,000

UFC Fight Night 35 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $530,000

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  • Maddawgmar

    That means the UFC is down nearly $500,000 for this night, hopefully ratings and TV revenue made up for that…

    • fsunoles10

      the gate was somewhere in the 200k range, you might be including the bonuses and all that stuff though so disregard if thats the case. but im not sure how much they get for ratings and all that but im sure they made out ok, they damn sure didnt finish in the red.

      • Maddawgmar

        I think it was about 230k gate and salary and bonuses was about 730k. That’s how I got my figure, I think they get a flat rate from the station, and a percentage of the ratings. But IDK if it would he enough to turn a huge profit.

  • taylor2008

    Rockhold is a top 10 middle and he was going to get paid $40k before the win bonus? Wow!I thought he would have made a little more than that.

  • tdizzy

    How does lorenz larkin make more than brad tavares. Tavares has more fights in the octagon. Thats bull sbit

    • Timothy Malone

      Tavares has more UFC fights, but they have the same amount of fights for Zuffa (which had already purchased Strikeforce when Larkin started.) Still doesn’t really explain why he gets paid more of course…