Montano and Roxanne Modafferi make 100k each at TUF 26 Finale

Monday, December 04, 2017

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale was held on December 1, 2017, at Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. The official purses are below.

The huge winner in the event is Roxamme Modafferi, who lost in the semifinals, and was matched with Barb Honchak at 10/10. When Sijara Eubanks suffered kidney failure during her weight cut, Modafferi was moved into the title shot, with a $100,000 on the line. Then she won a $50,000 performance bonus.

Be like Roxy.

Nicco Montano ($100,000)
Roxanne Modafferi ($100,000)

Sean O’Malley ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000)
Terrion Ware ($10,000)

Lauren Murphy ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000)
Barb Honchak ($10,000)

Gerald Meerschaert ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000)
Eric Spicely ($14,000)

DeAnna Bennett ($10,000)
Melinda Fabian ($10,000)

Brett Johns ($14,000 + $14,000 = $28,000)
Joe Soto ($31,000)

Montana De La Rosa ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000)
Christina Marks ($10,000)

Ryan Janes ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000)
Andrew Sanchez ($28,000)

Rachael Ostovich ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000)
Karine Gevorgyan ($10,000)

Shana Dobson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000)
Ariel Beck ($10,000)

Gillian Robertson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000)
Emily Whitmire ($10,000)

The above figures are the fighter payout information that promoters are required by Nevada regulations to submit to the state athletic commission; they 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, fighters earned sponsorship of between $2,500 and $50,000 for wearing Reebok apparel in the Octagon, and for the week before it. Some fighters receive discretionary “Locker Room” bonuses in the mail. Although it is not usual, in some cases there is an LOA [Letter of Agreement] on the contract for additional income. Four $50,000 ‘of the Night’ Performance Bonuses, are awarded. Further, main event PPV fighters receive a percentage of the PPV gross, as contracted, generally at a rate that escalates with increased PPV buys. Out-of-event sponsorship money too can be a significant, although it is much, much smaller for many fighters than it was in the past. And lastly, many fighters earn income from teaching, from appearances, and in many cases from regular employment in the non-fighting space.