Estimated fighter purses for UFC 169 event
The folks at MMA Manifesto have put together the estimated fighter purses from last weekend’s UFC 169 event in Newark, N.J..
The New Jersey Sate Athletic Commission does not release fighter pay information, so it’s worth noting that none of the estimates below are official. The estimates also include fighter bonuses:
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 Fight of the Night bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Urijah Faber: $100,000
Jamie Varner: $92,000 ($17,000 to show, $75,000 Fight of the Night 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
The above figures do not represent a full accounting of each fighter’s income. Fighters have other costs that include: training expenses, a percentage to management, a percentage to the trainer, plus insurance, licenses, and taxes.
On the flip-side, sponsorship money can be a substantial portion of a fighters income. Further more, main card fighters can receive a percentage of the PPV-buys, which can eclipse their respective purse.
By Chris Taylor
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