UFC on FOX 7 salaries + bonuses to Brown, Mein, Romero, Thomson

Sunday, April 21, 2013

UFC on FOX 7 Salaries
HP Pavilion
San Jose, Calif.

Benson Henderson: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Melendez: $175,000

Daniel Cormier: $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus)
def. Frank Mir: $200,000

Josh Thomson: $95,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Nate Diaz: $15,000*

Matt Brown: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Jordan Mein: $16,000

Chad Mendes: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Darren Elkins: $24,000

Francis Carmont: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $23,000

Myles Jury: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Ramsey Nijem: $14,000

Joseph Benavidez: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Darren Uyenoyama: $12,000

T.J. Dillashaw: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Hugo Viana: $8,000

Jorge Masvidal: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Means: $10,000

Anthony Njorkuani: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Roger Bowling: $12,000

Yoel Romero: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Clifford Starks: $8,000

*The $15,000 figure is in all likelihood a typo. $75,000 seems more likely.

UFC on FOX 7 ‘of the Night’ Performance Bonuses
HP Pavilion
San Jose, Calif.

Submission of the Night
No ‘SOTY’ was awarded Saturday, as there were no submissions. There were however eight KOs on the twelve-fight card, and two ‘KOTYs’ were awarded.

Knockout(s) of the Night

Yoel Romero beat Clifford Starks by Knockout at 1:32 of Round 1

Josh Thomson beat Nate Diaz by RSC at 3:44 of Round 2.

Fight of the Night

Matt Brown beat Jordan Mein by RSC at 1:00 of Round 2.

The figures above 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 the publicly announced ‘of the Night’ bonuses noted immediately above.

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

Watch the ‘of the Night’ fight highlight videos below!

Knockout of the Night (Thomson vs. Diaz)

Fight of the Night