UFC on Fox 4 Figher Salaries: Shogun and Machida Top the Payroll

August 9, 2012
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Lyoto Machida at UFC 104The UFC on Fox 4 fighter salaries were released to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday by the California State Athletic Commission.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua won the main event and took home the biggest registered payday, but Lyoto Machida, a close second on the pay scale, won the next shot at the UFC light heavyweight championship.

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 on Fox 4 Fighter Salaries

Mauricio Rua: $240,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Brandon Vera: $70,000

Lyoto Machida: $200,000 (No win bonus)
def. Ryan Bader: $47,000

Joe Lauzon: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Jamie Varner: $12,000

Mike Swick: $86,000 (includes $43,000 win bonus)
def. DaMarques Johnson: $18,000

Nam Phan: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Cole Miller: $21,000

Phil Davis: $30,000
no decision with Wagner Prado: $16,000

Rani Yahya: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Joshua Grispi: $15,000

Phil De Fries: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Oliver Thompson: $8,000

Manny Gamburyan: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Michihiro Omigawa: $11,000

John Moraga: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Ulysses Gomez: $ 8,000

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  • smill0313

    So Bader is coming off the biggest win of his career against Jackson and he makes $20 grand less then Vera who is 1-2-1 leading up to that? Somebody needs to fire their manager.

    • Lesnardo

      It’s called seniority dude! Vera has been with the UFC for a longer period of time.

    • johnnylopes

      Bader is on a 10 fight $200,000 contract… which comes out to 20k a fight… hes got 1 more fight left on his contract… if he loses his next fight it wont be renewed.. not as a UFC fighter anyway maybe strikeforce

  • markrenton

    So Phil Davis gets 30k to scratch Prado’s eye and Jamie Varner gets 12k for an all out war?

    Also, Bader’s salary has a lot to do with coming to the UFC though TUF. I believe there’s only a certain amount he can make for the first few years. Vera has been making 60k+ just to fight for years now

    • adam1848

      I think Davis should be docked at least half his pay for pawing like that. Something needs to be done to get these guys to close their hands in close range. I forget who it was, but someone started punching their opponent in the fingers when they pulled that crap. Hard to paw with a dislocated pointer.

  • adriana

    So Phil Davis gets 30k to scratch Prado’s eye and Jamie Varner gets 12k for an all out war?

    This!!! That is insane! makes me want to dig around in my own pocket and send something to Varner. That was an epic battle he waged.

  • bajafox

    I may be mistaken but I’m pretty sure they get paid to “show” and make weight.

    • Lesnardo

      No they don’t. You mean, a fighter could flake out on a fight the last mingute and would still get paid for “show and make weight.”

      You make no sense.

      • bajafox

        I make perfect sense and even left my post open for correction, which you completely failed to provide a fact to prove me wrong.

        Your reading comprehension is at a 5th grade level, at best.

  • collideoverme

    Doesn’t Phil Davis seem to end up in a lot of eye poking fights? Both to him and with him actually doing the poking?