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    Post  payneNglory1 on Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:17 pm

    Was 2011 a good year financially to be a fighter? Well, that depends on what your name is. If it is Tito Ortiz, then yes, it was a very good year. On the other hand, if you happen to be Byron Bloodworth, you might want to consider keeping your day job. While the average UFC fighter made over $91,000 in 2011, 72 fighters (21%) made $10,000 or less. A few more stats that you might find interesting:

    - While Tito Ortiz tops the list for 2011, he probably ended up making less in 2011 than in 2010. His new UFC contract doesn't give him a cut of the pay-per-view revenue like his previous contracts did. - The average household income in the U.S. is around $45,000 per year, yet overhalf of the UFC's fighters (51%) made less than the average American in 2011. Sometimes it doesn't pay to get punched in the face.


    Now, for the salary results. It is worth noting that these are only the reported salaries plus Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses that have been made public. Many top performing fighters get additional bonuses paid out to them that aren't reported, plus the top guys get a cut of the pay-per-view buys for events that they headline (not to mention every fighter makes sponsorship money). Also, many athletic commissions don't report fighter's salary info, so for those we've estimated a fighter's purse based on what they have earned in their other recent fights. Fighters with some estimated purses are marked with a * in the database. This data should still be considered very close to accurate, as most fighters' purses remain rather steady from fight to fight (unless they ink a new contract in the meantime).


    1 Tito Ortiz* $1,495,000
    2 Michael Bisping* $850,000
    3 Jon Jones* $785,000
    4 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira* $750,000
    5 Vitor Belfort* $620,000
    6 Lyoto Machida* $604,000
    7 Frank Mir* $575,000
    7 Rampage Jackson* $575,000
    9 Mauricio Rua* $565,000
    10 Donald Cerrone $494,000
    11 Junior dos Santos $485,000
    12 Rashad Evans* $480,000
    13 Anderson Silva* $475,000
    14 Wanderlei Silva $470,000
    15 Cung Le $420,000
    16 Brock Lesnar $400,000
    17 Forrest Griffin* $400,000
    18 Georges St-Pierre* $400,000
    19 Alistair Overeem $385,714
    20 B.J. Penn* $375,000
    21 Nate Diaz* $364,000
    22 Frankie Edgar* $339,000
    23 Cheick Kongo* $330,000
    24 Dan Henderson $320,000
    25 Chris Lytle* $310,000
    26 Urijah Faber* $305,000
    27 Clay Guida $301,000
    28 Nick Diaz $275,000
    29 Johny Hendricks* $270,000
    30 Diego Sanchez $260,000
    31 Randy Couture* $250,000
    32 Martin Kampmann* $247,000
    33 Jose Aldo* $225,000
    34 Gleison Tibau* $224,000
    35 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira* $210,000
    36 Ross Pearson* $200,000
    37 Kenny Florian* $195,000
    38 Edson Barboza* $194,000
    39 Ben Henderson* $193,000
    40 Dong Hyun Kim $193,000
    41 Melvin Guillard* $190,000
    42 Chris Leben* $184,000
    43 Brian Stann* $181,000
    44 Josh Koscheck* $181,000
    45 Brandon Vera $180,000
    46 Mark Munoz* $180,000
    47 Brian Ebersole* $177,000
    48 Joe Lauzon* $173,000
    49 Michael McDonald $161,000
    50 Jeremy Stephens* $156,000
    51 Dominick Cruz* $155,000
    52 Matt Wiman* $155,000
    53 Jake Ellenberger* $151,000
    54 Mark Hominick* $151,000
    55 Chan Sung Jung* $150,000
    56 Jake Shields* $150,000
    57 Mirko Cro Cop* $150,000
    58 Miguel Torres $146,800
    59 Anthony Johnson* $145,000
    60 Pablo Garza* $145,000
    61 Carlos Condit $143,000
    62 Gray Maynard* $138,000
    63 Chris Weidman* $134,000
    64 Demian Maia* $129,000
    65 Stefan Struve* $128,000
    66 Brian Bowles* $127,000
    67 Danny Castillo* $124,600
    68 Shane Roller* $124,000
    69 Jon Fitch* $120,000
    70 Tony Ferguson* $116,000
    71 Dan Hardy* $115,000
    72 Nam Phan* $115,000
    73 Yves Edwards* $112,000
    74 Leonard Garcia* $111,000
    75 Nik Lentz* $110,000
    76 Thiago Silva $110,000
    77 Sam Stout $108,000
    78 Anthony Njokuani* $106,000
    79 Dave Herman $106,000
    80 Jim Miller* $105,000
    81 Ricardo Lamas* $105,000
    82 Bart Palaszewski $103,500
    83 Travis Browne* $102,000
    84 Vladimir Matyushenko $102,000
    85 Brendan Schaub* $100,000
    86 Cain Velasquez $100,000
    87 Ed Herman $100,000
    88 Matt Hughes* $100,000
    89 Takanori Gomi* $100,000
    90 Dennis Siver* $99,000
    91 Kyle Noke* $99,000
    92 Mark Hunt* $99,000
    93 Thiago Alves* $99,000
    94 Aaron Simpson* $98,000
    95 Alexander Gustafsson* $96,000
    96 Diego Brandao $96,000
    97 Erik Koch* $94,000
    98 Joe Stevenson* $94,000
    99 Paul Kelly $94,000
    100 Tyson Griffin* $93,500
    101 Mike Brown* $92,000
    102 Kyle Kingsbury $90,000
    103 Nate Marquardt* $90,000
    104 Renan Barao* $90,000
    105 Terry Etim* $90,000
    106 Ryan Bader $88,000
    107 Charles Oliveira* $86,000
    108 Joseph Benavidez* $86,000
    109 Jon Olav Einemo $85,000
    110 Jacob Volkmann* $84,000
    111 TJ Waldburger* $79,000
    112 Che Mills* $78,000
    113 Jason MacDonald* $78,000
    114 Mike Pierce* $78,000
    115 Rich Franklin $75,000
    116 Edwin Figueroa* $73,000
    117 Jorge Santiago* $72,000
    118 Rick Story* $72,000
    119 Tim Boetsch* $72,000
    120 Chael Sonnen* $70,000
    121 DaMarques Johnson* $70,000
    122 Stephan Bonnar $68,000
    123 Matt Riddle* $67,000
    124 Matt Hamill* $64,000
    125 Lance Benoist* $63,000
    126 Scott Jorgensen $62,000
    127 Amir Sadollah* $60,000
    128 Takeya Mizugaki* $60,000
    129 Reuben Duran* $58,000
    130 Luiz Cane* $57,000
    131 Mike Pyle* $57,000
    132 Diego Nunes $56,000
    133 John Dodson $56,000
    134 Roy Nelson $55,000
    135 Raphael Assuncao* $54,000
    136 Spencer Fisher* $52,000
    137 Cole Miller* $51,000
    138 Ben Rothwell* $50,000
    139 Fabio Maldonado $50,000
    140 Matt Mitrione* $50,000
    141 Daniel Roberts* $48,000
    142 Dennis Bermudez $48,000
    143 Joey Beltran* $48,000
    144 Cody McKenzie* $46,000
    145 Dennis Hallman* $45,000
    146 Jason Miller $45,000
    147 Mark Bocek* $45,000
    148 Thiago Tavares* $45,000
    149 Yoshihiro Akiyama* $45,000
    150 Pat Barry* $44,000
    151 Rafael dos Anjos $44,000
    152 C.B. Dolloway* $40,000
    153 Charlie Brenneman* $40,000
    154 Igor Pokrajac* $40,000
    155 Michihiro Omigawa* $40,000
    156 Nick Ring* $40,000
    157 Shane Carwin* $40,000
    158 Evan Dunham* $39,000
    159 Allen Belcher* $38,000
    160 Chad Mendes* $38,000
    161 Dustin Poirier $38,000
    162 Jared Hamman* $36,000
    163 Jorge Rivera* $36,000
    164 Krzysztof Soszynski* $36,000
    165 Manny Gamburyan* $36,000
    166 Matt Brown* $36,000
    167 Paul Taylor $36,000
    168 Paulo Thiago* $36,000
    169 Waylon Lowe* $36,000
    170 Ricardo Almeida* $35,000
    171 Phil Davis $34,000
    172 Alex Caceres* $32,000
    173 Clay Harvison* $32,000
    174 Darren Elkins* $32,000
    175 Duane Ludwig $32,000
    176 Justin Edwards* $32,000
    177 Rory MacDonald* $32,000
    178 Seth Baczynski* $32,000
    179 Marcus Davis $31,000
    180 Shamar Bailey* $30,400
    181 Anthony Pettis* $30,000
    182 Court McGee* $30,000
    183 Dan Miller* $30,000
    184 George Sotiropoulos* $30,000
    185 Hatsu Hioki $30,000
    186 Josh Grispi $30,000
    187 Norifumi Yamamoto $30,000
    188 Constantinos Philippou* $29,000
    189 Demetrious Johnson* $28,000
    190 Jimy Hettes $28,000
    191 Josh Neer* $28,000
    192 Mike Russow $28,000
    193 Ramsey Nijem $28,000
    194 Rousimar Palhares* $28,000
    195 Yves Jabouin* $28,000
    196 Rani Yahya* $27,000
    197 Brad Tavares $26,000
    198 George Roop* $26,000
    199 Jason Brilz* $26,000
    200 Javier Vazquez* $26,000
    201 John Hathaway $26,000
    202 Kendall Grove $26,000
    203 Eliot Marshall* $25,000
    204 Kurt Pellegrino* $25,000
    205 Phil Baroni $25,000
    206 Anthony Perosh* $24,000
    207 Dongyi Yang* $24,000
    208 Junior Assuncao* $24,000
    209 Michael Johnson* $24,000
    210 Mike Massenzio* $24,000
    211 Rich Attonito* $24,000
    212 Robert Peralta* $24,000
    213 Yusin Okami* $23,000
    214 Alessio Sakara* $21,000
    215 Chris Cariaso* $20,000
    216 Eddie Wineland* $20,000
    217 Ivan Menjivar* $20,000
    218 Mackens Semerzier $20,000
    219 Ricardo Romero* $20,000
    220 Steve Cantwell* $20,000
    221 Aaron Rosa $18,000
    222 Christian Morecraft* $18,000
    223 Claude Patrick* $18,000
    224 Cole Escovedo* $18,000
    225 Curt Warburton* $18,000
    226 Cyrille Diabate* $18,000
    227 James Te-Huna* $18,000
    228 John Makdessi* $18,000
    229 Vagner Rocha* $18,000
    230 Bryan Carraway $16,000
    231 Chris Camozzi* $16,000
    232 Chris Cope $16,000
    233 John Albert $16,000
    234 Johnny Bedford $16,000
    235 Marcus Brimage $16,000
    236 Paul Bradley* $16,000
    237 Roland Delorme $16,000
    238 Ronny Markes $16,000
    239 Sean Pierson* $16,000
    240 Steven Silver $16,000
    241 Antonio McKee $15,000
    242 Cub Swanson $15,000
    243 John Howard* $15,000
    244 Ken Stone* $15,000
    245 Andre Winner $14,000
    246 Nick Catone* $14,000
    247 Eric Schafer* $13,000
    248 Chris Tuchsherer* $12,000
    249 Clifford Starks $12,000
    250 Damacio Page* $12,000
    251 Darren Uyenoyama $12,000
    252 Donny Walker* $12,000
    253 Erick Silva* $12,000
    254 Francis Carmont $12,000
    255 Jason Young* $12,000
    256 Jeff Hougland $12,000
    257 Paul Sass* $12,000
    258 Rafael Natal* $12,000
    259 Rob Broughton* $12,000
    260 Stanislov Nedkov* $12,000
    261 Tom Lawlor $12,000
    262 Walel Watson* $12,000
    263 Yuri Alcanatra* $12,000
    264 Zhang Tie Quan* $12,000
    265 Ian Loveland* $11,000
    266 Aaron Riley* $10,000
    267 Charlie Valencia* $10,000
    268 Efrain Escudero $10,000
    269 Jason Reinhart* $10,000
    270 Jon Madsen $10,000
    271 Karlos Vemola* $10,000
    272 Kris McCray $10,000
    273 Mario Miranda $10,000
    274 Rafaello Oliveira $10,000
    275 Ryan Jensen* $10,000
    276 Sean McCorkle $10,000
    277 Tim Credeur $10,000
    278 TJ Grant* $10,000
    279 Antonio Banuelos $9,000
    280 Rob Kimmons* $9,000
    281 Mike Easton* $8,800
    282 Carlos Eduardo Kuhra $8,000
    283 Chuck O'Neil $8,000
    284 Danny Downes $8,000
    285 Dustin Neace $8,000
    286 Dustin Pague $8,000
    287 Edward Faaloloto* $8,000
    288 Greg Soto $8,000
    289 Jake Hecht* $8,000
    290 Jeff Curran $8,000
    291 John Cholish* $8,000
    292 John Maguire* $8,000
    293 Jonathan Brookins* $8,000
    294 Josh Ferguson $8,000
    295 Kyle Watson* $8,000
    296 Louis Gaudinot $8,000
    297 Mike Guymon* $8,000
    298 Philip De Fries* $8,000
    299 Ryan McGillivray $8,000
    300 Stephen Bass $8,000
    301 Stipe Miocic* $8,000
    302 T.J. Dillashaw $8,000
    303 Nick Pace* $7,200
    304 Kamal Shalorus* $7,000
    305 Matt Grice* $7,000
    306 Tim Hague* $7,000
    307 Alex Soto $6,000
    308 Amilcar Alves* $6,000
    309 Dave Branch* $6,000
    310 David Mitchell* $6,000
    311 Dustin Jacoby $6,000
    312 Felipe Arantes* $6,000
    313 James Head $6,000
    314 Jesse Bongfelt $6,000
    315 Johny Eduardo* $6,000
    316 Josh Clopton $6,000
    317 Kenny Robertson $6,000
    318 Luis Ramos* $6,000
    319 Matt Lucas $6,000
    320 T.J. O'Brien* $6,000
    321 Todd Brown* $6,000
    322 Willamy Freire* $6,000
    323 Eddie Yagin* $4,000
    324 Francisco Rivera $4,000
    325 Jorge Lopez* $4,000
    326 Joseph Sandoval* $4,000
    327 Keith Wisniewski* $4,000
    328 Maciej Jewtuszko* $4,000
    329 Mike Lullo* $4,000
    330 Mike Stumpf* $4,000
    331 Mitch Clarke* $4,000
    332 Papy Abedi* $4,000
    333 Riki Fukuda* $4,000
    334 Tom Blackledge* $4,000
    335 Vaughan Lee* $4,000
    336 Will Campuzano* $4,000
    337 Byron Bloodworth* $3,200


    http://www.mma-manifesto.com/ufc-fighter-salary-database/salary-main/2011-year-in-review-ufc-fighter-salaries.html

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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  Once Mohawked Pete on Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:41 pm

    That's insane. Bisping got paid more than Jones FFS!! Jones 4 fights, including three title fights, got 65k less than a man, who fought twice (one of those a can)!!
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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  manschesthair_utd on Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:59 pm

    Bisping has paid his dues, Pete.

    Jones's next contract will probably be a lot more lucrative anyways.
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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  Once Mohawked Pete on Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:19 pm

    manschesthair_utd wrote:Bisping has paid his dues, Pete.

    Jones's next contract will probably be a lot more lucrative anyways.

    Sorry Chesty, but I cannot see how $425k per fight can be justified for the likes of Bisping. I've never been a huge fan of Tito, but, he has done a lot for the sport, and certainly was a draw. Bisping? Regardless of my feelings towards him, I cannot see how he deserves that sort of payday (in comparison to others). Even if you have him as a 'contender', can you really justify paying him $230k more than Belfort (2 fights, 1 title fight), £245k more than Lyoto (2 fights, 1 title fight)? Is he a bigger draw than either? Than Jones? I don't understand mate.
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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  payneNglory1 on Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:13 pm

    It does seem crazy,when you compare his money to some other elite fighters(He gets 275k to show and 150k win bonus for each fight)but love him or hate him,he's just a bigger draw than alot of them and has been a marketable fighter for the UFC for a long time now.

    ZUFFA don't pay out moneys to guys like that if they wouldn't be getting a fantastic return on their money.

    I'd like to know what these fighters get paid for their coaching roles on TUF aswell.
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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  Anfields5thKing on Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:08 pm

    manschesthair_utd wrote:Bisping has paid his dues, Pete.

    Jones's next contract will probably be a lot more lucrative anyways.

    He's never beaten a top 10 fighter, what dues has he paid that has justified paying him over 400k a fight??
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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  Anfields5thKing on Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:11 pm

    payneNglory1 wrote:It does seem crazy,when you compare his money to some other elite fighters(He gets 275k to show and 150k win bonus for each fight)but love him or hate him,he's just a bigger draw than alot of them and has been a marketable fighter for the UFC for a long time now.

    ZUFFA don't pay out moneys to guys like that if they wouldn't be getting a fantastic return on their money.

    I'd like to know what these fighters get paid for their coaching roles on TUF aswell.

    If Bisping was a draw then he'd be headlining PPVs in America. He's not so he doesn't.

    Jones headlined 3 PPVs in the last year, and although none of them did very well because he's an unlikeable twat, he's should still be getting paid more per fight than the Cunt.
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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  p4pnumber_1 on Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:35 pm

    The amount Cung Le got paid to get beat up by Wandy is ridiculous. Especially compared with fighters who are way higher in the rankings, e.g Palhares ($28,000) plus he fought twice!!
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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  payneNglory1 on Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:29 pm

    Bisping helped attract a big market outside of the US,and that's why ZUFFA have used him more than any other foreign fighter to sell the UFC to that audience.
    He has been the main event or one of the co main events on 6 English cards,2 Australian cards and a Canadian one.
    (His face has been used on everyone of the posters for these events)

    Plus in the last year or so,especially after the rivera and his TUF performance,he has become the most hated fighter in the US and he is playing up to that heal monika,people will tune in to his fights more now in the US,if nothing more than in hope of seeing him get Hendo'd again.


    As for the pay figures,maybe since Bisping headlines alot of these cards that aren't PPV in the US,his pay is high because he doesn't have in his contract,like alot of the fighters on that list who's figures are surprisingly low,a percentage of the PPV's to add in as well.

    Look at Machida's pay compared to Anderson Silva's,it wasn't long ago when machida was asking for Anderson money.
    They both fought twice in 2011,yet according to these figures,Anderson should be asking for Machida money.
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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  manschesthair_utd on Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:44 am

    This isnt like most of the sports where you get paid salary based on your ranking (in competitions).

    If Bisping and Cung Le managed to leverage that kind of salary then i congratulate them. Smile
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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  Bulldog67 on Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:32 pm

    Im with MU, have this in my line of work all the time, if the employer can mug u off they will, so the only ones at fault are the idiot fighters that dont use bispings agent/negotiator
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    Re: UFC Fighter Salaries - 2011

    Post  rudeboyben84 on Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:11 pm

    Overeems pay is weird, Maby its an odd amount because its in Euro's and thats what it translates into in USD?

    Machida got a good bit extra in his paycheck for taking the title fight on short notice I hear.

    I dont get Bispings pay either, as everyone has pointed out he just isnt that important a fighter to justify that sort of payday, he may "play a heel" or whatever but really he isnt ever going to be a title challenger but fair play to him he negotiated a deal far beyond what he is worth. Have to admire that!

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