MMA Weekly has obtained the basic payout information for UFC 118 from the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission in which a total of $1.428 million was paid out to 20 fighters.
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS:
Frankie Edgar: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn: $150,000
Randy Couture: $250,000 (no win bonus) def. James Toney: $500,000
Demian Maia: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus) def. Mario Miranda: $8,000
Gray Maynard: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Kenny Florian: $65,000
Nate Diaz: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Marcus Davis: $31,000
PRELIMINARY CARD (NON-TELEVISED) FIGHTERS:
Joe Lauzon: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
Nik Lentz: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Andre Winner: $10,000
Dan Miller: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. John Salter: $8,000
Greg Soto: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Nick Osipczak: $10,000
Mike Pierce: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Amilcar Alves: $6,000
UFC 118 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $1,428,000
The UFC also paid out three disclosed fight night bonuses at UFC 118:
Fight of the Night: Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis ($60,000 each)
Submission of the Night: Joe Lauzon ($60,000)
Note: These numbers are disclosed pay only. UFC performance bonuses, handed out separately by the promotion, are also noted. These figures do not include additional bonuses or percentages of other revenue.
The normal disclaimers apply. These payouts do not represent the full sum of money paid to fighters; they often also receive discretionary bonuses and sponsorship money. The sport’s top draws often also receive a cut of the PPV revenue from the card upon which they headline.
Randy Couture and BJ Penn are both known recipients of PPV cuts, which means they both likely grossed over a million for the fight depending on how well it sold. James Toney may have also been cut in on the PPV sales.