by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com (Photos by Scott Petersen)
The fighter salary information for The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale, which took place on Saturday, June 21 at the Palms in Las Vegas, was made available on Monday.
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 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 a promoter also pays its fighters (specifically pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.) are not included in the figures below.
The following fighters received a $20,000 bonus from the UFC for the awards noted: Dustin Hazelett (Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night for a total of $40,000), Josh Burkman (Fight of the Night with Dustin Hazelett), and Drew McFedries (Knockout of the Night).
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 TV broadcast.
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
-Kendall Grove: $32,000 (defeated Evan Tanner; win bonus was $16,000)
-Evan Tanner: $25,000 (lost to Kendall Grove; win bonus would have been $25,000)
-Amir Sadollah: $16,000 (defeated C.B. Dollaway; win bonus was $8,000)
-C.B. Dollaway: $8,000 (lost to Amir Sadollah; win bonus would have been $8,000)
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
-Diego Sanchez: $70,000 (defeated Luigi Fioravanti; win bonus was $35,000)
-Spencer Fisher: $36,000 (defeated Jeremy Stephens; win bonus was $18,000)
-Matthew Riddle: $16,000 (defeated Dante Rivera; win bonus was $8,000)
-Luigi Fioravanti: $10,000 (lost to Diego Sanchez; win bonus would have been $10,000)
-Dante Rivera: $8,000 (lost to Matthew Riddle; win bonus would have been $8,000)
-Jeremy Stephens: $8,000 (lost to Spencer Fisher; win bonus would have been $8,000)
PRELIMINARY MATCH FIGHTERS
-Dean Lister: $28,000 (defeated Jeremy Horn; win bonus was $14,000)
-Drew McFedries: $26,000 (defeated Marvin Eastman; win bonus was $13,000)
-Jeremy Horn: $25,000 (lost to Dean Lister; win bonus would have been $25,000)
-Dustin Hazelett: $24,000 (defeated Josh Burkman; win bonus was $12,000)
-Matt Brown: $16,000 (defeated Matt Arroyo; win bonus was $8,000)
-Josh Burkman: $10,000 (lost to Dustin Hazelett; win bonus would have been $10,000)
-Marvin Eastman: $9,000 (lost to Drew McFedries; win bonus would have been $9,000)
-Matt Arroyo: $8,000 (lost to Matt Brown; win bonus would have been $8,000)
-Tim Credeur: $8,000 (bout with Cale Yarbrough cancelled; win bonus would have been $8,000)
-Cale Yarbrough: $8,000 (bout with Tim Credeur cancelled; win bonus would have been $8,000)
-Rob Kimmons: $6,000 (defeated Rob Yundt; win bonus was $3,000)
-Rob Yundt: $5,000 (lost to Rob Kimmons; win bonus would have been $5,000)
DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $402,000