Rashad Evans tops UFC 156 purses with $300,000

Monday, February 04, 2013

Before UFC 156 even started, Yahoo Sports Kevin Iole just tweeted the purses for UFC 156 main card.

Main card salaries:
Edgar & Aldo 120/120 each
Overeem 285714.29/142857.14 • Silva 70/0
Rashad 300/215 • Nog 107/67
Fitch 66/66 • Maia 60/60
Joe B 30/30 • McCall 9/9

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Now the official figures have been released by the NSAC.

Jose Aldo – $240,000 ($120,000 purse/$120,000 win bonus)
Frankie Edgar – $120,000

Rashad Evans – $300,000
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – $174,000 ($107,000/$67,000)

Antonio Silva – $70,000 ($70,000 purse/$0 win bonus)
Alistair Overeem – $285,714.29

Demian Maia – $120,000 ($60,000/$60,000)
Jon Fitch – $66,000

Joseph Benavidez – $60,000 ($30,000/$30,000)
Ian McCall – $9,000

Evan Dunham $46,000 ($23,000/$23,000)
Gleison Tibau – $33,000

Tyron Woodley – $87,000 ($43,500/$43,500)
Jay Hieron – $12,000

Bobby Green – $20,000 ($10,000/$10,000)
Jacob Volkmann – $22,000

Isaac Vallie-Flagg – $20,000 ($10,000/$10,000)
Yves Edwards – $21,000

Dustin Kimura – $16,000 ($8,000/$8,000)
Chico Camus – $8,000

Francisco Rivera – $16,000 ($8,000/$8,000)
Edwin Figueroa – $10,000

The above figures are presumably based on 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, or even exceed the purse from the fight. As well there are explicit ‘of the Night’ performance bonuses, and less formal ‘locker room bonuses.’

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