Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the purse information for this past weekend's UFC 173 which took place at the MGM Grand:
TJ Dillashaw: $36,000 ($18,000+$18,000)
Renan Barao: $74,000
Dan Henderson: $100,000
Daniel Cormier: $170,000 ($85,000+$85,000)
Jake Ellenberger: $68,000
Robbie Lawler: $200,000 ($100,000+$100,000)
Francisco Rivera: $15,000
Takeya Mizugaki: $58,000 ($29,000+$29,000)
James Krause: $20,000 ($10,000+$10,000)
Jamie Varner: $17,000
Francisco Trinaldo: $12,000
Michael Chiesa: $40,000 ($20,000+$20,000)
Katsunori Kikuno: $10,000
Anthony Ferguson: $40,000 ($20,000+$20,000)
Chico Camus: $12,000
Chris Holdsworth: $30,000 ($15,000+$15,000)
Mitchell Clarke: $20,000 ($10,000+$10,000)
Al Iaquinta: $14,000
Vinc Pichel: $16,000 ($8,000+$8,000)
Anthony Njokuani: $20,000
Aaron Phillips: $8,000
Sam Sicilia: $20,000 ($10,000+$10,000)
Jingliang Li: $16,000 ($8,000+$8,000)
David Michaud: $8,000
The above figures are the fighter salary information that promoters are required by Nevada 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 significant portion of the purse, although it is smaller particularly for the mid tier fighters than it was in the past. As well there are explicit 'of the Night' performance bonuses noted above, 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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