Reported UFC purses range from 6k to 275k


Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus) + $75,000 performance bonus = $275,000
Chael Sonnen: $50,000

Forrest Griffin: $275,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus) + $75,000 performance bonus = $350,000
Tito Ortiz: $250,000 + $75,000 performance bonus = $325,000

Cung Le: $150,000 (no win bonus)
Patrick Cote: $21,000

Demian Maia: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
Dong Hyun Kim: $44,000

Chad Mendes: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Cody McKenzie: $10,000

Mike Easton: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Ivan Menjivar: $13,000

Melvin Guillard: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
Fabricio Camoes: $8,000

Khabib Nurmagomedov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Gleison Tibau: $31,000

Constantinos Philippou: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Riki Fukuda: $28,000

Shane Roller: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
John Alessio: $10,000

Rafaello Oliveira: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Yoislandy Izquierdo: $6,000

The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,438,000.

The figures do not represent an accurate assessment of each fighter's income.

Fighters bear significant costs including training expenses, a percentage to management, a percentage to the trainer, insurance, licenses, and taxes.

On the income side, sponsorship money can be a substantial portion, or even exceed the purse from the fight. Further, the UFC often gives out undisclosed "locker room" bonuses for exceptional performance.

Elite level fighters like Anderson Silva can negotiate a portion of the PPV revenue, which can substantially exceed the disclosed payout.

Lastly, many fighters earn income from teaching, from appearances, and in many cases from regular employment in the non fighting space.

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RKing85 site profile image  

7/10/12 9:50 AM by RKing85

Anderson probably made $2-3 million for this fight this past weekend.I just don't care about "released" pay any more. It's maybe 20-30% of how much most fighters actually make.

Mcmax3000 site profile image  

7/10/12 8:38 AM by Mcmax3000

No, PPV money is where the big dollars come from for the UFC. I've read that something like over half of the UFC's income comes from PPV sales. Plus, don't know if it's true, but I've heard that this fight aired live on PPV in Brazil, and then was replayed on TV.

lifeaftrprison site profile image  

7/10/12 8:13 AM by lifeaftrprison

Ppv cuts ain't Shit compared to the 20 million viewers in brazil. The big dollars for the UFC come from Free tv. Curious if they have escalators in their contracts based on viewership ?! I wonder how many viewers worldwide there was ? 70 million ?

Macedawgg site profile image  

7/10/12 8:04 AM by Macedawgg

 And wow!  I remember taking considerable heat for having purses published. . . back in 2005.  This site (Kirik personally) declared it was none of anyone's business. . . now it is the stuff of UG blogs.

s3xyama site profile image  

7/10/12 6:52 AM by s3xyama

onli a select few make mayweather money, mma is more evenly spread out, boxing is messed up, their newbies get less than hte ufc 6/6 starter, get a clue foob

fedro site profile image  

7/10/12 6:18 AM by fedro

Silva made over 5mil on SAT

Macedawgg site profile image  

7/10/12 6:00 AM by Macedawgg

 LOL at the page of disclaimers.  I think they forgot a few, including:  Fighters, at times, obtain appearance fees for doing events that have nothing to do with the event they participated in.  Fighters often receive birthday cards from their grandmothers, many of which contain checks.

Fabefromfort site profile image  

7/9/12 11:38 PM by Fabefromfort

Wow. Floydd Mayweather's cook, or boy in charge of the water bucket make more money than the main events. Think what his trainers make. That is because Money makes 70 million a pop. I'm not kidding, that is the kind of money top tier boxers make. On one fight Floydd could have bought Pride fighting twice almost. Why not box if you're going to fight ?

TKOhYeah site profile image  

7/9/12 6:57 PM by TKOhYeah

Yup. Every new event brings ignorant loud mouths who prefer to bitch without properly learning the facts.Looks like everybody's getting 'Anderson Silva' money! Derp

Death and Taxes site profile image  

7/9/12 5:44 PM by Death and Taxes

 Besides, that's just the reported income, as has been explained already in this thread.