UFC 169 Salaries are out; and they’re kind of … low

Posted: February 5, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion
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bathing_in_moneyUFC 169 salary figures are in. It’s actually interesting to me to look at them in order of amount, rather than breaking them down in order of the fight card. It’s hard to believe how far down you have to go to find co-main eventer Ricardo Lamas, isn’t it?

While the number of events continues to rise, it seems the bulk of the roster is made up of the bottom rung of fighters, salary wise. Of the 24 fighters on this event, almost half of them (11) are making just $8000 to show. That’s the understood (and unwritten) minimum amount the UFC seems to be using these days.

If you take out the superstars—Overeem, Mir, Aldo and Faber—the story gets even more grim. For the remaining 20 “normal” fighters at UFC 169, Jamie Varner leads the way at just a $17k base.  That means that 19 of 24 fighters (80%) are making a base salary of $13k or less.

As always, the figures below don’t include any super-secret “locker room” bonuses we hear so much about.

Incidentally, Frank Mir made $200,000 – that’s $40,000 for each of the 5 strikes he landed.

Alistair Overeem: $407,143 ($285,714 to show, $121,429 win bonus)
Jose Aldo: $240,000 ($120,000 to show, $120,000 win bonus)
Frank Mir: $200,000
Abel Trujillo: $145,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus, $75,000 FOTN bonus, $50,000 KOTN bonus)
Urijah Faber: $100,000
Jamie Varner: $92,000 ($17,000 to show, $75,000 FOTN bonus)
Nick Catone: $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 win bonus)
Chris Cariaso: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus)
Renan Barao: $22,000 ($11,000 to show, $11,000 win bonus)
Ali Bagautinov: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)
Al Iaquinta: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)
Alan Patrick: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
Clint Hester: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
Rashid Magomedov: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
Neil Magny: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
John Makdessi: $12,000
Ricardo Lamas: $10,000
John Lineker: $8,000
Danny Martinez: $8,000
Tom Watson: $8,000
Kevin Lee: $8,000
Andy Enz: $8,000
Tony Martin: $8,000
Gasan Umalatov: $8,000

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