UFC on Fox 1 Fighter Salaries: dos Santos Wins Big

November 17, 2011
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Junior dos Santos

Junior dos Santos

The California State Athletic Commission on Thursday released the UFC on Fox 1 fighter salaries.

Junior dos Santos rocked Cain Velasquez in the opening minute of the fight, fnishing him off to capture the UFC heavyweight championship during the company’s maiden voyage on Fox.

UFC on Fox 1: Velasquez vs. dos Santos took place Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

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.


Junior dos Santos: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus)
def. Cain Velasquez: $100,000


Benson Henderson: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Clay Guida: $40,000

Dustin Poirier: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Pablo Garza: $8,000

Ricardo Lamas: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cub Swanson: $15,000

DaMarques Johnson: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Clay Harvison: $8,000

Darren Uyenoyama: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto: $15,000

Robert Peralta: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Mackens Semerzier: $8,000

Alex Caceres: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Cole Escovedo: $6,000

Mike Pierce: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Bradley: $8,000

Aaron Rosa: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Lucas: $6,000


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  • wonggfan

    r u serious? Cain made $100k? The baddest man on the planet made $100k? Pacquiao, def. no the baddest man on the planent, made $30 million.

    • Black Belt

      Hey, wonggFAG, what the fuck does ANY of this sentence mean: “Pacquiao, def. no the baddest man on the planent, made $30 million.”

      Were you jerking off to your Dan Henderson poster while typing again???

    • roytanjay

      That’s the way they fought. Fight hard and give a good show to the fans. Giving it all they can….But? Not compensated properly. UFC is already had a big market and earned millions bout after bout. It’s time to share that income to their fighters.

  • singenmiche

    wongfan with a spelling mistake? Oh but how will he be an keyboard warrior and bash other people for their spelling and grammar? What is a planent?

    • Black Belt

      @ singenmiche: Are you trying to say that wonggfag made a mistake? That is because the homo doesn’t have a college degree. LMAO! See, wonggfag, you are seen as a piece of *** by everyone here!! Convinced yet?

  • KBEsq

    People need to stop looking at boxing to determine whether fighters are being underpaid or not. It is absolutely irrelevant what boxers make. Furthermore, as Dana said in the Diaz/Penn post fight presser, only a few boxers make that, and if you want to go box, then go box. The top MMA fighters make good money…period.

    This may be a religious bias, but you’re not going to go far if you have keep looking at other factors to determine whether or not you’re happy with your salary. Stop looking at boxing; stop looking at the money the UFC makes in general (which has only been profitable for a small amount of time and had to make up some serious debt) and look at yourself.

    If they’re not happy making six figures while at the same time fulfilling their life dream, then they can quit and go do something else. If enough people do that, then the UFC can pay them more if it’s financially viable. They don’t quit, however. Why? Because the ARE happy making six figures doing what they’re doing, and most fighters are thankful for what they make. There are only a few who complain and kick up dust and I can promise you, they aren’t any happier than the guys who don’t complain (I’m sure they’re less happy). Also, there are an endless line of people waiting to get into the UFC. The UFC is paying them what they’re worth, and most fans do not want to see the UFC take the structure of boxing, which is what would be required to have UFC fighters make eight figure paydays (and even then it would only be a few).

    Look at Nick Diaz. Because he has the attitude of looking at everyone else, he will always be unhappy. I guarantee if you give that guy a million dollars, he’ll want ten. you give him ten, he’ll want one-hundred. That’s just the way that view works. It’s an endless, perpetual abyss of greed.

    Only ten to fifteen years ago, these guys were making next to nothing to fight. Now they are making enough to live luxurious life styles with fancy homes and cars. People need to calm down about what fighters get paid.

    • afk

      Well said, sir. Well said.

      When your parents make 40k a year and struggle to put you through school working 10 hours a day in some redundant, non fulfilling job for 30 years and you end up getting to be a professional athlete, rich, famous and beloved… I highly doubt that 99% of MMA fighters are really complaining about their salaries.

      There are like… 15 active boxers that anybody would pay to see. They promote themselves. It’s a really simple situation and it can’t be mirrored in MMA or the entire concept falls through.

      Long as the fighters are happy I’m happy.

      • KBEsq

        That’s a good point. It’s insulting to working class people who make a fraction of what MMA fighters make. If you can take care of yourself and your family doing something you like, then that should be all that matters. What boxers make is not a model; no one is worth that much money, and it’s actually obscene.

    • Great post dude.

  • Darren2112

    This is MMA, not literature. Give the guy a break for his spelling. For all we know English is his second language and he’s doing the best he can.

    As long as the guy is getting his point across I think it is a very weak arguement to bash his spelling and grammer.

    Get over yourself…

    To his point, he may have only made a few hundred thousand this fight, but his next fight on PPV he will make $3 or 4 Million. If he fights two or three times per year, he will make over $10 Million per year with sponsorships etc as the UFC Heavyweight Champ. And those numbers are only going up.

    Have a nice day!

    • afk

      Darren clearly doesn’t know that wronggfan is the biggest douchebag in MMA fan history, and if you for one second think he isn’t going to jump on your spelling and cry wolf about irrelevant shit you haven’t been here long enough.

      Now let’s wait for the QQ and made up memories about fights we all predicted wrong and how we know nothing.

      • Black Belt

        @ afk: Go easy on him. He is either wonggfag in disguise, or he hasn’t been around long enough to know yet what a complete asshole wonggFAG is. I have a feeling that he will learn for himself soon enough.

  • BigGuy

    With the MMA business growing the way it has been (especially the UFC), it is pretty astonishing how the UFC can pay these guys so little. I am not saying they should get 30 million per fight, but they are grossly underpaid by any measure.

  • judo johnson

    man is this sherdog now? what happened to MMAWEEKLY, shit is getting old

  • MikeMc1983

    Come on Wong. You can’t be the “your a moron, and need an education if you use bad grammar guy” and commit such a hack job in a comment. You got to step your game up man. Maybe you need to get a masters degree. I hear they rarely make grammatical errors. Lol. It’s okay. I actually went to college and they never taught grammar. I guess they expected that stuff to be taught in elementry school. Aka grammar school. Hmm. Maybe it was just my university. 🙂

    As to the topic. I remember Dana being asked how they were going to deal with these guys on fox. Since this fight got moved off of ppv. (fox fight was going to be this weekends headliner.) the guys would lose their share of the ppv buys, thus lose money. He didn’t get to details, but said that they take care of the guys that are on the free shows differently. I’ve always wondered how they work that out.
    I think boxing guys usually get somewhere between 3% & 5%
    I haven’t heard any of the UFC guys discuss their actual numbers. All I have heard is Brock say he’s really happy with his deal. I’m not sure why they want those numbers secret.
    I have learned that people think people are underpaid, until they think their overpaid.
    Same way your too young, until your too old.

  • mik00656

    Black Belt,good point dude,a very small poster of hendilldow.