Sunday, December 30, 2018

Today the California State Athletic Commission released the complete list of salaries for Saturday's UFC 232 in Inglewood, CA. The complete payroll for the event totaled just over $3,500,000 with ten fighters receiving compensation over $100,000.

Jon Jones: $500,000 (no win bonus)
defeated Alexander Gustafsson: $500,000

Amanda Nunes: $350,000 (no win bonus)
defeated Cris Cyborg: $500,000

Michael Chiesa: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
defeated Carlos Condit: $115,000

Corey Anderson: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus)
defeated Ilir Latifi: $90,000

Alex Volkanovski: $125,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
defeated Chad Mendes: $87,000

Walt Harris: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
defeated Andrei Arlovski: $300,000

Megan Anderson: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
defeated Cat Zingano: $50,000

Petr Yan: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
defeated Douglas Silva de Andrade: $21,000

Ryan Hall: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
defeated B.J. Penn: $150,000

Nathaniel Wood: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
defeated Andre Ewell: $12,000

Uriah Hall: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
defeated Bevon Lewis: $12,000

Curtis Millender: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
defeated Siyar Bahadurzada: $33,000

Montel Jackson: $16,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
defeated Brian Kelleher: $27,000*

*Jackson forfeited $4,000 of his show money to Kelleher for missing weight.

The above figures are the fighter payout information that promoters are required by State law to submit to the state athletic commissions; 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 during the week before it. Out-of-event sponsorship money too can be significant, although it is smaller for many fighters than it was in the past. In addition, four $50,000 'of the Night' Performance Bonuses, were awared to Ryan Hall, Amanda, Nunes, Chad Mendes, and Alexander Volkanovski.

Further, main event PPV fighters can receive a percentage of the PPV gross, as contracted, generally at a rate that escalates with increased PPV buys.

Lastly, many fighters earn income from teaching, from appearances, and in many cases from regular employment in non-fight employment.