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Tuesday, 02/04/2014, 10:09 am

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



0 Responses to “Estimated fighter purses for UFC 169 event”

  1. Phil says:

    I don’t understand how they figured that the champ Renan Barao would get less than a quarter of what they paid the challenger Uriah Faber…..

  2. finn says:

    WHAT? Overeem whats that ass money? Ridiculous, if I were Brazilian I would be raging!! oh I get it paying for the roids! i see

  3. garciagym says:

    Remember that some fighters get locked into long contracts before they become big, which explains Barao’s chicken scratch… That said, it still doesn’t explain why guys like Nate Diaz (19 UFC fights) gets paid 15K to show. His TUF contract has long expired and yet nothing for one one of the most consistent showman. More fighters should go on strike like Diaz.

  4. Chuck Harris says:

    Wow, Overeem got a good cycle, that dude is huge!

  5. MixedMartialArts says:

    None of these fighters should walk out with less than 25,000 and Barao should of made 250,000.. fk Urijah Faber.. way over paid..

  6. sonnysag says:

    Renan Barao. Dana says he is one of the best p4p, but yet his pay reflects that UFC doesn’t value him all that much.

  7. Robert H. Shelton says:

    thats BANANAS Barao only got that much and Overeem got WHAA!!! DIDNT know the UFC was into robbing the fighters

  8. jordan says:

    a guy fights for a title and u give him only 10,000. that being a cheep stooge, just stop it

  9. StaalOntwerp says:

    Barao gets paid to Brazilian standards. Overeem clearly gets paid to European standards. In Euro’s.
    So, despite what Dana said, it WAS a good night for Alistair Overeem.

  10. João Videira says:

    C’mon! Barão is a champ for christ sake!

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