MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information from the Colorado Office of Boxing for UFC on Versus 1 featuring a light heavyweight showdown between Brandon Vera and Jon Jones. The event took place on Sunday, March 21, at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo.
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
-Jon Jones: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Vera: $60,000
-Junior Dos Santos: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $67,000
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Cheick Kongo: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus) def. Paul Buentello: $40,000
-Alessio Sakara: $42,000 ($21,000 win bonus) def. James Irvin: $20,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
-Clay Guida: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus) def. Shannon Gugerty: $9,000
-Vladimir Matyushenko: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus) def. Eliot Marshall: $10,000
-Darren Elkins: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Duane Ludwig: $12,000
-John Howard: $26,000 ($13,000 win bonus) def. Daniel Roberts: $6,000
-Brendan Schaub: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Chase Gormley: $10,000
-Mike Pierce: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Julio Paulino: $6,000
-Jason Brilz: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus) def. Eric Schafer: $13,000
UFC ON VERSUS 1 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $713,000
UFC ON VERSUS 1 AWARDS & BONUSES
(Each fighter was awarded $50,000 per award, which is in addition to his disclosed salary. Three Knockout of the Night bonuses were awarded for the first time, with no Fight of the Night award.)
Knockouts of the Night:
-Junior Dos Santos
Submission of the Night: