UFN 35 purses range from 8K or 80K

 

UFC Fight Night 35
Jan. 15, 2013
Duluth, GA

Luke Rockhold: $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus)
Constantinos Philippou: $23,000

Brad Tavares: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Lorenz Larkin: $26,000

T.J. Dillashaw: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Mike Easton: $14,000

Yoel Romero: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Derek Brunson: $19,000

John Moraga: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
Dustin Ortiz: $10,000

Cole Miller: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
Sam Sicilia: $10,000

Ramsey Nijem: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Justin Edwards: $10,000

Elias Silverio: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg: $12,000

Trevor Smith: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Brian Houston: $8,000

Louis Smolka: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Alptekin Ozkilic: $10,000

Vinc Pichel: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Garett Whiteley: $8,000

Beneil Dariush: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Charlie Brenneman: $10,000

Total: $530,000

The above figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners' bonuses. They were obtained by MMAJunkie from the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission.

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 income, although they have dropped lately. As well there are explicit $50,000 'of the Night' performance bonuses, and less formal 'locker room bonuses.'

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

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KingofBJJ site profile image  

1/17/14 9:00 PM by KingofBJJ

I suppose that is a matter of perspective? If you 1)think that's all you worth 2)that defines good for the UFC or 3)if you are a college student working to pay his tuition.That is not a livable wage. And only in this genre is it deemed acceptable.Like I said, most of you are most likely teenagers so I am guessing that the short term payday of $8000 sounds like a day to go partying like the teen movies.But in reality it is nothing. $8k/$8k is nothing. Yes that is just one fight and it sounds great, but there are 365 days in a year, and $8k/$8k will be just fine if live don't have bills and live with your parents.The other reality is you have give up some of that change to the people who helped and of course both your State and Federal taxes.If you are basing your "career" on making GSP or Anderson Silva money, you had better look at the stats.More guys than, not never make that kind of money. You guys sit around and give props to the UFC, but they are milking the fighters dry.Guys like Cain, Silva, GSP etc should all be making $3-$5 million to defend their belts. Boxers do.At the end of the day, the UFC is getting millions of dollars for nearly every event, especially PPV buys.

WeidmanBrokeTheLEGend site profile image  

1/17/14 4:17 PM by WeidmanBrokeTheLEGend

It spend 25k a year on the paperviews

PrettyBoy site profile image  

1/17/14 4:12 PM by PrettyBoy

Kirik is right but it just sucks when you have a protein calling themselves the NFL of MMA when the minimum a guy retained by an NFL team can make is like 450k if he stays for the season and the UFC could give you like 24k and cut you after 3 fights and a year of your life.

Herring In A Fur Coat site profile image  

1/17/14 3:56 PM by Herring In A Fur Coat

You just said "MMA was amazing where there were different shows and orgs all over the world." So you obviously are comparing the two, and you seem to prefer the times when fighter were "getting 2/2 before it took off"

RampageFitsLikeAGlove site profile image  

1/17/14 3:56 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

LOL at $8K+ $K8K being "pretty good."  Say a fighter is able to win 2/3 in a year.  He's now made $40K in that year.  A fair average is that 20% will go directly to managers/trainers so now this professional athlete has made $32K in a year.  He is an independent contractor so will likely pay 20-30% towards taxes.  Lets say 25% so he has now cleared $24K in a year.  Think about that.  Fighting you ass off to make it to the pinnacle of the sport, the "Superbowl of MMA" as Dana likes to call it to make $24K a year.  You get injured or lose a close decision, and that only goes down.  That's not even close to "pretty good." Again, Brenneman has spent 3 of the past 4 years fighting in the UFC and is making $10K to show.  9 f'n fights, has beat Ricky Story, and is making next to nothing. 

6ULDV8 site profile image  

1/17/14 3:44 PM by 6ULDV8

Remember when you could close a post with    Zuffa, make it happen!   And sometimes it actually worked?    Crazy how times have changed.

6ULDV8 site profile image  

1/17/14 3:41 PM by 6ULDV8

How long does it take to get ready for a fight?  What do you need to put in place to do that?   How many times do the guys fight per year?  Is Tom Lawlor still with the UFC?  When was his last fight?   This is the mainstream now, not The Underground anymore.  Comparing fighters getting 8/8 today to fighters getting 2/2 before it took off is ridiculously preposterous.   We did support the sport and it exploded, and look where the fighters are.     What a wonderful world.

Brigham site profile image  

1/17/14 3:30 PM by Brigham

This. 8k/8k is pretty damn good

Herring In A Fur Coat site profile image  

1/17/14 3:28 PM by Herring In A Fur Coat

When there were different shows and orgs all over the world, the base salary for UFC fighters was 2/2, now it's 8/8.

Brigham site profile image  

1/17/14 2:53 PM by Brigham

8k seems to be the new lowest salary they go which in that case that's pretty damn good