Burkman, Fitch top WSOF salaries


When Jon Fitch was released from the UFC, he had last made $66,000 to show against Demian Maia. Since he was released from the UFC, Fitch and UFC President Dana White have gone back and forth in the media criticizing fighter pay amongst other things. Fitch recently signed with the World Series of Fighting, however it looks like he may be making a tad less, as today the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed the salaries from the event:

Josh Burkman: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)

def. Jon Fitch: $30,000

Steve Carl: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)

def. Tyson Steele: $7,000

Jacob Volkmann: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)

def. Lyle Beerbohm: $15,000

Justin Gaethje: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)

def. Brian Cobb: $8,000

Jerrod Sanders: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)

def. Jeff Smith: $4,000

Dan Lauzon: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)

def. John Gunderson: $6,000

Carson Beebe: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)

def. Joe Murphy: $4,000

Krasimir Mladenov: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)

def. Kendrick Miree: $4,000

Brenson Hansen: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)

def. Josh Montalvo: $1,000

Of course these are only the sarlies reported to the commission, and it is possible that Fitch received a signing bonus or locker room bonus in additional to his listed salary. World Series of Fighting is an upstart promotion and is unlikely to be able to afford salaries like the UFC can, but the total payroll of $200,000 is a significant number for an event that is not the UFC or Bellator.


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SmackyBear site profile image  

6/18/13 7:46 AM by SmackyBear

For Fitch? Certainly.For every fighter? I don't know, you can only tell if someone actually hits free agency and leaves, and only for guaranteed purses. For most I see, the fighter makes less at their new promotion, but there are some exceptions. Sylvia and AA spring to mind. They certainly got much higher base pay in Affliction than the UFC, though obviously it was short lived.Though the UFC already pay more than they even contractually have to, so they don't seem to be adverse to giving out money they don't absolutely have to. I'm sure if someone wanted to, they could make an argument about Zuffa's bonuses being in their own economic interest, but I don't have enough information to make a judgement.

Dead Again site profile image  

6/18/13 6:56 AM by Dead Again

Wouldn't the UFC be bidding against themselves if they increased fighter pay, since they already pay the highest wages?

SmackyBear site profile image  

6/18/13 6:28 AM by SmackyBear

Considering Bellator runs most of their shows under the jurisdiction of commissions who don't release purse information, how would one know?I've only seen one Bellator payout since Viacom acquired them:The full Bellator 66 payouts included: "Eddie Alvarez: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)def. Shinya Aoki: $60,000 Andreas Spang: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)def. Brian Rogers: $15,000 Maiquel Falcao: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)def. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky: $15,000 Rick Hawn: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)def. Lloyd Woodard: $15,000 Brent Weedman: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)def. Thiago Michel: $15,000 Jessica Eye: $7,000 (includes $3,500 win bonus)def. Anita Rodriguez: $2,000 John Hawk: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus)def. Marcus Vanttinen: $2,000 Attila Vegh: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)def. Dan Spohn: $1,800 Frank Carabello: $3,600 (includes $1,800 win bonus)def. Donny Walker: $1,500 Julian Lane: $1,400 (includes $700 win bonus)def. Joe Heiland: $1,250 Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event."http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/04/bellator-66-salaries-alvarez-100k-aoki-60k-earn-top-fighter-paydaysAs for the general topic of WSOF's pay:I do feel bad for Fitch. It's rough that the next best paying option to the UFC brought him less than half what he was paid at there.On the other hand, it's hard to blame WSOF for not paying a lot more for him. To many fans he's not exactly entertaining, and the two larger competitors weren't bidding for his services. So if they had given him more, they'd just be bidding against themselves. I've only looked at financial statements from two MMA promotions, and they were anything but pretty, so I can understand their offer.

Outlaw'd by Lytle site profile image  

6/18/13 6:18 AM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

Fitch has stated it's not about the money. He's really happy not working in a hostile environment. Apart from his loss he's ecstatic right now.

The Mammoth site profile image  

6/18/13 6:00 AM by The Mammoth

yeah none of it will be taxed or go to his training camp. He'll just pocket it all - happy days right? And with this performance i am sure he'll be getting 40k next time? Dude will be rolling in it by end of year.

Dead Again site profile image  

6/18/13 5:33 AM by Dead Again

Is Fitch not pulling in the same amount of revenue for WSOF as he did for UFC?

Outlaw'd by Lytle site profile image  

6/18/13 3:13 AM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

Chuck was an exciting Megastar. No way most fighters can command what he was earning. Fitch has to take some of the responsibility for his pay. Don't forget though, it's not about the money according to Fitch. Zuffa creates an incredibly hostile work environment. Just ask Matt Hughes.

CindyO site profile image  

6/18/13 12:57 AM by CindyO

Smoogy, is Viacom paying their athletes appropriately???   Cindy

CindyO site profile image  

6/18/13 12:55 AM by CindyO

I have no problem with their pay. The fighters signed the contracts therefore it must have been enough=)   Cindy

KingofBJJ site profile image  

6/17/13 11:24 PM by KingofBJJ

Money isn't everything youngster.  Something you'll learn when graduate school and get a job.