by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com
MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for UFC 67, which took place this past Saturday 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, “Title Match & Main Event Fighters” are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show and/or compete in a title fight on 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 TUF seasons because they are officially classified as exhibition fights.
Due to the fact that he failed to make weight for his fight against Anderson Silva, Travis Lutter was fined 10% of his pay. Since his pay was $20,000, the fine was $2,000. Of that amount, $1,000 went to the Nevada State Athletic Commission and $1,000 went to Anderson Silva for agreeing to fight Lutter even though Lutter hadn’t made weight. These amounts are reflected in the salaries listed below for Silva and Lutter.
Title Match & Main Event Fighters
-Anderson Silva: $71,000 (3rd UFC fight; defeated Travis Lutter)
-Travis Lutter: $18,000 (5th UFC fight; lost to Anderson Silva)
Main Card Fighters
-Mirko Cro Cop: $350,000 flat fee (1st UFC fight; defeated Eddie Sanchez)
-Quinton Jackson: $170,000 (1st UFC fight; defeated Marvin Eastman)
-Eddie Sanchez: $30,000 flat fee (2nd UFC fight; lost to Mirko Cro Cop)
-Marvin Eastman: $30,000 (3rd UFC fight; lost to Quinton Jackson)
-Patrick Cote: $20,000 (5th UFC fight; defeated Scott Smith)
-Scott Smith: $12,000 (3rd UFC fight; lost to Patrick Cote)
-Roger Huerta: $12,000 (2nd UFC fight; defeated John Halverson)
-John Halverson: $3,000 (1st UFC fight; lost to Roger Huerta)
Preliminary Match Fighters
-Lyoto Machida: $36,000 (1st UFC fight; defeated Sam Hoger)
-Jorge Rivera: $12,000 (7th UFC fight; lost to Terry Martin)
-Tyson Griffin: $9,000 (2nd UFC fight; lost to Frank Edgar)
-Terry Martin: $8,000 (3rd UFC fight; defeated Jorge Rivera)
-Sam Hoger: $7,000 (4th UFC fight; lost to Lyoto Machida)
-Frank Edgar: $6,000 (1st UFC fight; defeated Tyson Griffin)
-Dustin Hazelett: $6,000 (2nd UFC fight; defeated Diego Saraiva)
-Diego Saraiva: $3,000 (1st UFC fight; lost to Dustin Hazelett)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $803,000