Robbie Lawler ($200k) tops UFC 173's $1M payroll


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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doubs site profile image  

5/30/14 4:50 AM by doubs

These numbers don't include the 'backstage bonuses' than Dana likes to tell everyone about, so I'm sure the majority of the card were paid a bit more than what was disclosed. Plus sponsor bonuses, etc.Still doesn't excuse guys being on 10k and under to show in my opinion, apparently Dana routinely spunks that kind of money at blackjack tables in minutes. Multi million dollar business you say? Then pay these fighters accordingly, nobody should be on under 20k to show.

dubate site profile image  

5/30/14 3:23 AM by dubate


House Boru site profile image  

5/30/14 3:13 AM by House Boru


time traveling 12er site profile image  

5/29/14 7:59 PM by time traveling 12er

Lawler is going to get taken care of. In the embedded episode Dana mentions that they go way back and Robbie used to call him even when he was with strikeforce. In the Joe Rogan podcast Dana said one of the few times he used his influence to force a guy to get signed was Robbie Lawler.

StratTone site profile image  

5/29/14 10:36 AM by StratTone

You obviously don't work for the zing!! haha

StratTone site profile image  

5/29/14 10:33 AM by StratTone

Maybe if he doesn't have a tax guy, has never kept a receipt, or written off anything ever. haha

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

5/27/14 11:59 PM by ChaosOverkill

Isn't he still on the Strikforce residual fights? If so , Dana better take care of him he's the type of fight Dana wants.

iHateTheUG site profile image  

5/27/14 11:56 PM by iHateTheUG

Ok but that still doesn't change that he got a $100,000 bonus. And of course he worked is ass off to earn it, people don't get bonus' for not working and earning them.

creepymcfinger site profile image  

5/27/14 11:43 PM by creepymcfinger

And he wasn't the headliner

creepymcfinger site profile image  

5/27/14 11:42 PM by creepymcfinger

He made that in one fight dummy, not bad for a has been