Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer reported the salaries of the main card fighters to Bloody Elbow:
Georges St-Pierre: 400K (No win bonus)
Johny Hendricks: 50K/50K
Chael Sonnen: 100K (No win bonus)
Rashad Evans: 125K/125K
Robbie Lawler: 83K/83K
Rory MacDonald: 50K/50K
Tyron Woodley: 50K/50K
Josh Koscheck: 78K/78K
Ali Bagautinov: 10K/10K
Tim Elliott: 12K/12K
The above figures are the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners' bonuses.
The figures do not represent a full accounting of each fighter's income.
Fighters bear significant costs including training expenses, a percentage to management, a percentage to the trainer, plus insurance, licenses, and taxes.
On the income side, sponsorship money can be a substantial portion of the purse, although it is smaller for the mid tier fighters than it was in the past.. As well there are explicit 'of the Night' performance bonuses, and less formal 'locker room' bonuses.
Main event PPV fighters can receive a percentage of the PPV gross, variously determined.
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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