by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for UFC Fight Night 9, which took place last night in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that the UFC is 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 the UFC also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, PPV bonuses for PPV main event fighters), are not included in the figures below. Also not reflected below are the taxes that the fighters have to pay.
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 PPV broadcast.
In addition, next to each fighter’s name is the number of UFC fights that he has had, not counting fights that took place during Ultimate Fighter seasons because those fights are officially classified as exhibitions.
Main Event Fighters
-Joe Stevenson: $32,000 (5th fight in UFC; defeated Melvin Guillard)
-Melvin Guillard: $7,000 (5th fight in UFC; lost to Joe Stevenson)
Main Card Fighters
-Kenny Florian: $16,000 (6th fight in UFC; defeated Dokonjonosuke Mishima)
-Dokonjonosuke Mishima: $8,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Kenny Florian)
-Antoni Hardonk: $6,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Justin McCully)
-Justin McCully: $6,000 (1st fight in UFC; defeated Antoni Hardonk)
-Drew Fickett: $20,000 (7th fight in UFC; defeated Keita Nakamura)
-Rich Clementi: $12,000 (4th fight in UFC; lost to Roan Carneiro)
-Kurt Pellegrino: $12,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Nate Mohr)
-Kuniyoshi Hironaka: $12,000 (2nd fight in UFC; defeated Forrest Petz)
-Wilson Gouveia: $12,000 (3rd fight in UFC; defeated Seth Petruzelli)
-Thiago Tavares: $6,000 (1st fight in UFC; defeated Naoyuki Kotani)
-Roan Carneiro: $6,000 (1st fight in UFC; defeated Rich Clementi)
-Seth Petruzelli: $5,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Wilson Gouveia)
-Keita Nakamura: $4,000 (2nd fight in UFC; lost to Drew Fickett)
-Forrest Petz: $4,000 (3rd fight in UFC; lost to Kuniyoshi Hironaka)
-Naoyuki Kotani: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Thiago Tavares)
-Nate Mohr: $3,000 (1st fight in UFC; lost to Kurt Pellegrino)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $174,000