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UFC 86 Paydays

This courtesy of the Fight Network. These totals include announced win bonuses for all of the victors as well as specialty bonuses (KO, sub and fight of the night) where noted to indicate why the large pay of say Cole Miller.

    Forrest Griffin: $310,000 (fight of the night)
    Rampage Jackson: $285,000 (fight of the night)
    Gabriel Gonzaga: $100,000
    Cole Miller: $80,000 (sub of the night)
    Melvin Guillard: $80,000 (KO of the night)
    Josh Koscheck: $70,000
    Joe Stevenson: $60,000
    Marcus Aurelio: $40,000
    Tyson Griffin: $40,000
    Patrick Cote: $32,000
    Ricardo Almeida: $23,000
    Chris Lytle: $14,000
    Gleison Tibau: $11,000
    Jorge Gurgel: $10,000
    Corey Hill: $8,000
    Justin Buchholz: $8,000
    Dennis Siver: $7,000
    Justin McCully: $5,000
  • platypus says:

    hmm..5000 is pretty low, but i guess it beats 2K…i wonder how much justin mccully gets for sponsorships if he only fights twice a year and gets paid 5K each time…

    i guess ill stick to my day job in the lab…

  • joetheacupuncturist says:

    i dont think condomdepo and zappos pay much these days with the recession and all

    im just pissed the stanchion gets a ton of cash , now it will go even furthur to his head lol

  • To me the crime is Chris Lytle. The guy has been in the UFC for about 100 years and he’s never truly been stopped yet he’s still only on 14k guaranteed. I know he’ll never be a champion but he’s an older guy that left a positive job to do this. If anyone deserves more money just for being a decent human being that can put up a good fight it’s him.

  • G-DUB says:

    Hmmmmm … quickly calculating, approx $1.2 million in payout going to the fighters. With expected PPV buys around 500,000 @ $45 a pop (or $22.5 million), that means that fighter’s salaries account for 5% of total ppv revenue … and that doesn’t even include revenues from the gate.
    Fighters are getting royally SCREWED here ( … my opinion, of course). This virutal monopoly that the UFC has can’t and won’t last for long.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    I agree with Huckaby. Hope Lytle’s got some endorsement deals somewhere.

  • Yeah if you are getting $310K to fight you better finish the fight.
    I thought Forrest ran alot from Rampage.

    UFC should be paying there dark matches more money no doubt.
    $5000 is a JOKE for that big of a show.

  • Echolocating says:

    I’m sure Dana hands most of the deserving guys a little extra cash. If there was any of that going around, Lytle would have been the first one. He must have gave at least 10 pints of blood for Dana’s circus. 😉 I’m sure he was compensated, guys. If not, then he should fight in another organization… but he isn’t so I’m sure he’s okay with the situation.

  • ACK! says:

    Those low payouts are indefensible if you ask me. I love the show the UFC puts on, but how they compensate some of their fighters (who are under exclusive contracts) is ridiculous.

  • BJJDenver says:

    forgot one:

    BJJDenver -$54.99

  • BJJDenver says:

    How many guys get 8k in their 2nd pro fight?

    Sure, I would like to see these guys get more money, but who is the promotion that is paying as much or more than the UFC?

    Wasn’t Strikeforce paying someone $500 a couple of shows ago?

    I would love to see some sort of minimum payday for these guys, but that would kill smaller shows.

    And I don’t think anyone outside of EXC pays bonuses. I may be wrong, but every fighter on the card has an opportunity to make some good money through that and the UFC has shown willingness to pay it even for untelevised fights.

  • BJJDenver says:

    Huckaby, I do kind of agree with you on Lytle. Maybe they should have some sort of pay based on number of fights or something. Even Almeida didn’t make much and he is a seasoned vet.

    Maybe Gurgel should split his pay amongst the other guys, lol?

  • E says:

    I hope some of you realize that UFC undercard salaries are usually better than boxing undercard salaries

  • Hurtch says:

    #5- You really think $5000 is a joke for a curtain-tugger who brings in exactly 0 fans and could have been swapped for any of hundreds of HW’s who would jump at the chance to fight on a UFC show?

    If Justin McCully was a boxer he probably would have made 100$ and a pat on the back for a fight of similar stature.

    The UFC compensates their fighters fairly well, particularly at the lower and mid-level.

  • AJB says:

    This isn’t to defend the UFC for underpaying fighters – the salaries could stand to go up a bit – but in reference to how much they take home vs. how much the UFC takes home, let’s not forget that revenue =/= profit. The arena cost; the advertising cost; the staffing cost; etc. etc.

  • Cobra Kai says:

    Here is a good article that really lays out why the lower tier fighters should get paid more.

  • Cobra Kai says:

    #12, you can’t compare boxing undercard fighters with MMA undercard fighters. No one watches those fights, on the other hand a lot of people are really into the undercard fights for MMA. Either way, do you really want MMA to be like boxing? A few extremely high paid fighters, a ton of low paid fighters, and not much in between?

  • Cobra Kai says:

    Can Gurgel finally be kicked out of the UFC? The guy must have pictures of Dana making out with Tito or something. I have no idea how that guy is still in the UFC. Every fight that he wins goes to decision and the only guys he has beat in the UFC have never won in the UFC. One of them has lost 3 times in the UFC.

  • king mah mah says:

    This is the kind of stuff Tito was talking about. Like him or not, he had some good points. Mike i completely agree on Lytle, he should have got at least $30,000 or something.

    There needs to be a flat rate for every fighter under contract, regardless if it’s on the main card or not. $5,000 is an insult when you’re risking your life in the octagon, or risking a broken bone or any injury for that matter.


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