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UFC 96 Official Salaries: Rampage the big winner with $385K haul

The Ohio Athletic Commission released the fighter’s salaries for Saturday’s UFC 96 event, which was held in Columbus at the Nationwide Arena.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was highest paid fighter for the night as he won unanimous decision against Keith Jardine. Jackson earned $385,000 which included a win bonus of $100,000 and a $60,000 bonus for “Fight of the Night.”

Jardine received $55,000 which would have doubled had he been victorious. However, he did received an extra $60,000 as the other half of the “Fight of the Night”  bonus.

Total fighter payroll for UFC 96 came out to $762,000, not including a total of $120,000 in “Fight Night” bonuses handed out to Jackson, Jardine, and Matt Hamill for “Knockout of the Night.”

Next up on the list was Brandon Vera, who earned $60,000 in his impressive win over Mike Patt. The Lloyd Irvin jiu-jitsu brown belt earned $30,000 to show and an additional $30,000 to win.

Complete salary totals are listed below. Please not that as a disclaimer that the published figures do not include undisclosed payments such as signing bonuses, locker room bonuses, pay-per-view bonuses, sponsorship earnings and any other forms of compensation to fighters that are not disclosed to the commission as matter of public record:

  1. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson: $385,000 ($200,000,$125,000 to win, $60,000 “Fight of the Night  bonus)
  2. Keith Jardine: $115,000 ($55,000 to show plus $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus. Would have earned an additional $55,000 had he won)
  3. Matt Hamill: $100,000 ($20,000 to show plus $20,000 to win. Earned an additional $60,000 for “knockout of the Night” Bonus)
  4. Brandon Vera: $60,000 ($30,000 to show plus an additional $30,000 to win)
  5. Gabriel Gonzaga: $60,000 ($60,000 to show. Would have earned an additional $60,000 had he won)
  6. Kendall Grove: $44,000 ($22,000 to show plus $22,000 to win)
  7. Shane Carwin: $32,000 ($16,000 to show plus an additional $16,000 to win)
  8. Gray Maynard: $20,000 ($10,000 to show plus $10,000 to win)
  9. Tamdan McCrory: $20,000 ($10,000 to show plus $10,000 to win)
  10. Matt Brown: $16,000 ($8,000 to show plus $8,000 to win)
  11. Shane Nelson: $16,000 ($8,000 to show plus $8,000 to win)
  12. Pete Sell: $12,000 (Would have earned an additional $12,000 if he had won)
  13. Tim Boetsch: $12,000 (Would have earned an additional $12,000 if he had won)
  14. Mark Munoz: $12,000 (Would have earned an additional $12,000 if he had won)
  15. Jason Brilz: $10,000 ($5,000 to show plus an additional $5,000 for his win)
  16. Jim Miller: $9,000 (Would have earned an additional $9,000 if he had won)
  17. Aaron Riley: $6,000 (Would have earned an additional $6,000 if he had won)
  18. Mike Patt: $5,000 (Would have earned an additional $5,000 if he had won)
  19. Jason Day: $5,000 (Would have earned an additional $5,000 if he had won)
  20. Ryan Madigan: $3,000 (Would have earned an additional $3,000 if he had won)
5 COMMENTS
  • Angry Mike says:

    Maynard v. Miller should have been fight of the night. Rampage v. Jardine was good, but neither of them fought as hard as Maynard and Miller.

  • aimres says:

    I agree with you Angry Mike, Maynard v. Miller was the best fight of UFC 96. Miller’s spirit and Maynard’s stand up are truly inspiring.

  • PlagueAngel says:

    Now I know why Carwin has a full time job. Hopefully he restructures his contract before his title shot and starts training with Extreme Couture or Greg Jackson’s camp at full time status.

  • Scott H. says:

    My only comment is with respect to the fighters on the bottom of the Pay list. I’d like to see the UFC establish a Minimum salary of 10,000 to show / 10,000 to win. With UFC 96 as an example, the minimum salary would have increased the total payroll by only $30,000, and would be good for the fighters trying to scrap out a living.

    With respect to the bonuses, since they did not give out a Submision of the Night, I’d have suggested two Knock out of the Night’s. Matt Hamil certainly deserved his, but Matt Brown was a close second, or an arguement could even be made for Shane Carwin.

  • notdanawhite says:

    i second the 10/10 minimum. 3K? By the time you pay for taxes, travel, lodging, corner etc……is anything left?

    a hungry fighter is a motivated fighter, but c’mon.

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