TUF 17 Finale salaries and ‘OTN’ bonuses, Urijah breaks 100k

Sunday, April 14, 2013

‘Of The Night’ performance bonuses are now a uniform $50,000 each (unless you can talk UFC president Dana White in $60 🙂 There have been cards without a single knockout or submssion to award, but The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale have choices for Submission of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Fight of the Night.

$50,000 ‘of the Night’ Performance Bonuses:

Submission of the Night
Daniel Pineda over Justin Lawrence, via kimura, at 95 seconds of Round 1.

Knockout of the Night
Travis Browne over Gabriel Gonzaga, via elbows to the head, at 1:11 of Round 1.

Fight of the Night
Cat Zingano over Miesha Tate, via strikes, at 2:55 of Round 3

$25,000 bonuses were also awarded for the entire season

Submission of the Season (17)
Kelvin Gastelum over Josh Samman, via rearr naked choke, semifinal fight, episode 12.

Knockout of the Season (17)
Uriah Hall over Adam Cella, via headkick KO, at 4:50 of round 1, episode 3.

Fight of the Season (17)
Dylan Andrews over Luke Barnatt, via KO in overtime, quarterfinal fight, episode 10.

Gifs va Zombie Prophet

Urijah Faber: $110,000 ($55,000 show, $55,000 win bonus)
def. Scott Jorgensen: $23,500

Kelvin Gastelum: $16,000 ($8,000 show, $8,000 win bonus) + $25,000 = $41,000
beat Uriah Hall: $8,000 + $25,000 = $33,000

Cat Zingano: $14,000 ($7,000 show, $7,000 win bonus) + $50,000 = $64,000
beat Miesha Tate: $28,000 + $50,000 = $78,000

Travis Browne: $40,000 ($20,000 show, $20,000 win bonus) + $50,000 = $90,000
beat Gabriel Gonzaga: $24,000

Bubba McDaniel: $16,000 ($8,000 show, $8,000 win bonus)
beat Gilbert Smith: $8,000

Josh Samman: $16,000 ($8,000 show, $8,000 win bonus)
beat Kevin Casey: $8,000

Luke Barnatt: $16,000 ($8,000 show, $8,000 win bonus) + $25,000 = $41,000
beat Collin Hart: $8,000

Dylan Andrews: $16,000 ($8,000 show, $8,000 win bonus) + 25,000 = $41,000
beat Jimmy Quinlan: $8,000

Clint Hester: $16,000 ($8,000 show, $8,000 win bonus)
beat Bristol Marunde: $8,000

Cole Miller: $42,000 ($21,000 show, $21,000 win bonus)
beat Bart Palaszewski: $15,000

Maximo Blanco: $26,000 ($13,000 show, $13,000 win bonus)
beat Sam Sicilia: $8,000

Daniel Pineda: $26,000 ($13,000 show, $13,000 win bonus) + $50,000 = $76,000
beat Justin Lawrence: $8,000

The figures do not represent an accurate assessment of each fighter’s income.

Fighters bear significant costs including training expenses, a percentage to management, a percentage to the trainer, insurance, licenses, and taxes.

On the income side, sponsorship money can be substantial, although they have dropped markedly over the past couple of years. Further, the UFC often gives out undisclosed “locker room” bonuses for exceptional performance. In addition there are publicly announced ‘of the Night’ bonuses noted at top.

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