TUF 28 purses range from $10k to 150k
The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the disclosed salaries for the TUF 18 Finale on Friday in Las Vegas.
Kamaru Usman: $150,000, plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’
Rafael dos Anjos: $110,000
Juan Espino: $30,000 plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’
Justin Frazier: $15,000
Macy Chiasson: $30,000
Pannie Kianzad: $15,000
Pedro Munhoz: $90,000
Bryan Caraway: $21,000
Edmen Shahbazyan: $20,000
Darren Stewart: $22,000
Antonina Shevchenko: $36,000 - 15/15 + $6,000 from opponent missing weight substantially and forfeiting 30% of purse
Ji Yeon Kim: $14,000 - fined $6,000
Kevin Aguilar: $25,000 10/10 + $5,000 from opponent missing weight and forfeiting 20% of purse
Rick Glenn: $20,000 - fined $5,000
Joseph Benavidez: $146,000 + $50,000 ‘Performance of the Night’
Alex Perez: $22,000
Maurice Greene: $20,000
Michel Batista: $10,000
Leah Letson: $20,000
Julija Stoliarenko: $10,000
Roosevelt Roberts: $20,000 + $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’
Darrell Horcher: $15,000
Tim Means: $98,000
Ricky Rainey: $14,000
Raoni Barcelos: $24,000
Chris Gutierrez: $10,000
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, are awarded.
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.