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UFC NEWS – 2011 Salary Report For 337 UFC Fighters


2011 was a hallmark year for the world’s biggest and best Mixed Martial Arts promotion.

They expanded to new territories, set record gate and attendance figures and launched a revolutionary TV deal. Safe to say the UFC had a great 2011.

In an interesting report from mma-manifesto.com, 337 UFC fighters who fought for the promotion in 2011 had their salaries for the year analyzed and totaled into a yearly figure.

It is important to note that not all State Athletic Commissions are required to report the earnings of each fighter, so the team responsible for the report used figures based on disclosure states for each fighter to derive at a total for those who may have fought in a territory that does not disclose.

The figures included in this report (below) include base salary, win bonus and Fight Night bonus amounts. What they do not include are PPV percentage cuts, sponsorship income, locker room bonuses or any other income a fighter may receive for teaching seminars, shooting film or endorsement deals.

The figures are also Gross amounts and do not include the fighter’s net income after taxes and the various expenses associated with being a professional fighter.

All estimated figures are indicated with a *.

Here is the list:

1 Tito Ortiz* $1,495,000
2 Michael Bisping* $850,000
3 Jon Jones* $785,000
4 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira* $750,000
5 Vitor Belfort* $620,000
6 Lyoto Machida* $604,000
7 Frank Mir* $575,000
7 Rampage Jackson* $575,000
9 Mauricio Rua* $565,000
10 Donald Cerrone $494,000
11 Junior dos Santos $485,000
12 Rashad Evans* $480,000
13 Anderson Silva* $475,000
14 Wanderlei Silva $470,000
15 Cung Le $420,000
16 Brock Lesnar $400,000
17 Forrest Griffin* $400,000
18 Georges St-Pierre* $400,000
19 Alistair Overeem $385,714
20 B.J. Penn* $375,000
21 Nate Diaz* $364,000
22 Frankie Edgar* $339,000
23 Cheick Kongo* $330,000
24 Dan Henderson $320,000
25 Chris Lytle* $310,000
26 Urijah Faber* $305,000
27 Clay Guida $301,000
28 Nick Diaz $275,000
29 Johny Hendricks* $270,000
30 Diego Sanchez $260,000
31 Randy Couture* $250,000
32 Martin Kampmann* $247,000
33 Jose Aldo* $225,000
34 Gleison Tibau* $224,000
35 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira* $210,000
36 Ross Pearson* $200,000
37 Kenny Florian* $195,000
38 Edson Barboza* $194,000
39 Ben Henderson* $193,000
40 Dong Hyun Kim $193,000
41 Melvin Guillard* $190,000
42 Chris Leben* $184,000
43 Brian Stann* $181,000
44 Josh Koscheck* $181,000
45 Brandon Vera $180,000
46 Mark Munoz* $180,000
47 Brian Ebersole* $177,000
48 Joe Lauzon* $173,000
49 Michael McDonald $161,000
50 Jeremy Stephens* $156,000
51 Dominick Cruz* $155,000
52 Matt Wiman* $155,000
53 Jake Ellenberger* $151,000
54 Mark Hominick* $151,000
55 Chan Sung Jung* $150,000
56 Jake Shields* $150,000
57 Mirko Cro Cop* $150,000
58 Miguel Torres $146,800
59 Anthony Johnson* $145,000
60 Pablo Garza* $145,000
61 Carlos Condit $143,000
62 Gray Maynard* $138,000
63 Chris Weidman* $134,000
64 Demian Maia* $129,000
65 Stefan Struve* $128,000
66 Brian Bowles* $127,000
67 Danny Castillo* $124,600
68 Shane Roller* $124,000
69 Jon Fitch* $120,000
70 Tony Ferguson* $116,000
71 Dan Hardy* $115,000
72 Nam Phan* $115,000
73 Yves Edwards* $112,000
74 Leonard Garcia* $111,000
75 Nik Lentz* $110,000
76 Thiago Silva $110,000
77 Sam Stout $108,000
78 Anthony Njokuani* $106,000
79 Dave Herman $106,000
80 Jim Miller* $105,000
81 Ricardo Lamas* $105,000
82 Bart Palaszewski $103,500
83 Travis Browne* $102,000
84 Vladimir Matyushenko $102,000
85 Brendan Schaub* $100,000
86 Cain Velasquez $100,000
87 Ed Herman $100,000
88 Matt Hughes* $100,000
89 Takanori Gomi* $100,000
90 Dennis Siver* $99,000
91 Kyle Noke* $99,000
92 Mark Hunt* $99,000
93 Thiago Alves* $99,000
94 Aaron Simpson* $98,000
95 Alexander Gustafsson* $96,000
96 Diego Brandao $96,000
97 Erik Koch* $94,000
98 Joe Stevenson* $94,000
99 Paul Kelly $94,000
100 Tyson Griffin* $93,500
101 Mike Brown* $92,000
102 Kyle Kingsbury $90,000
103 Nate Marquardt* $90,000
104 Renan Barao* $90,000
105 Terry Etim* $90,000
106 Ryan Bader $88,000
107 Charles Oliveira* $86,000
108 Joseph Benavidez* $86,000
109 Jon Olav Einemo $85,000
110 Jacob Volkmann* $84,000
111 TJ Waldburger* $79,000
112 Che Mills* $78,000
113 Jason MacDonald* $78,000
114 Mike Pierce* $78,000
115 Rich Franklin $75,000
116 Edwin Figueroa* $73,000
117 Jorge Santiago* $72,000
118 Rick Story* $72,000
119 Tim Boetsch* $72,000
120 Chael Sonnen* $70,000
121 DaMarques Johnson* $70,000
122 Stephan Bonnar $68,000
123 Matt Riddle* $67,000
124 Matt Hamill* $64,000
125 Lance Benoist* $63,000
126 Scott Jorgensen $62,000
127 Amir Sadollah* $60,000
128 Takeya Mizugaki* $60,000
129 Reuben Duran* $58,000
130 Luiz Cane* $57,000
131 Mike Pyle* $57,000
132 Diego Nunes $56,000
133 John Dodson $56,000
134 Roy Nelson $55,000
135 Raphael Assuncao* $54,000
136 Spencer Fisher* $52,000
137 Cole Miller* $51,000
138 Ben Rothwell* $50,000
139 Fabio Maldonado $50,000
140 Matt Mitrione* $50,000
141 Daniel Roberts* $48,000
142 Dennis Bermudez $48,000
143 Joey Beltran* $48,000
144 Cody McKenzie* $46,000
145 Dennis Hallman* $45,000
146 Jason Miller $45,000
147 Mark Bocek* $45,000
148 Thiago Tavares* $45,000
149 Yoshihiro Akiyama* $45,000
150 Pat Barry* $44,000
151 Rafael dos Anjos $44,000
152 C.B. Dolloway* $40,000
153 Charlie Brenneman* $40,000
154 Igor Pokrajac* $40,000
155 Michihiro Omigawa* $40,000
156 Nick Ring* $40,000
157 Shane Carwin* $40,000
158 Evan Dunham* $39,000
159 Allen Belcher* $38,000
160 Chad Mendes* $38,000
161 Dustin Poirier $38,000
162 Jared Hamman* $36,000
163 Jorge Rivera* $36,000
164 Krzysztof Soszynski* $36,000
165 Manny Gamburyan* $36,000
166 Matt Brown* $36,000
167 Paul Taylor $36,000
168 Paulo Thiago* $36,000
169 Waylon Lowe* $36,000
170 Ricardo Almeida* $35,000
171 Phil Davis $34,000
172 Alex Caceres* $32,000
173 Clay Harvison* $32,000
174 Darren Elkins* $32,000
175 Duane Ludwig $32,000
176 Justin Edwards* $32,000
177 Rory MacDonald* $32,000
178 Seth Baczynski* $32,000
179 Marcus Davis $31,000
180 Shamar Bailey* $30,400
181 Anthony Pettis* $30,000
182 Court McGee* $30,000
183 Dan Miller* $30,000
184 George Sotiropoulos* $30,000
185 Hatsu Hioki $30,000
186 Josh Grispi $30,000
187 Norifumi Yamamoto $30,000
188 Constantinos Philippou* $29,000
189 Demetrious Johnson* $28,000
190 Jimy Hettes $28,000
191 Josh Neer* $28,000
192 Mike Russow $28,000
193 Ramsey Nijem $28,000
194 Rousimar Palhares* $28,000
195 Yves Jabouin* $28,000
196 Rani Yahya* $27,000
197 Brad Tavares $26,000
198 George Roop* $26,000
199 Jason Brilz* $26,000
200 Javier Vazquez* $26,000
201 John Hathaway $26,000
202 Kendall Grove $26,000
203 Eliot Marshall* $25,000
204 Kurt Pellegrino* $25,000
205 Phil Baroni $25,000
206 Anthony Perosh* $24,000
207 Dongyi Yang* $24,000
208 Junior Assuncao* $24,000
209 Michael Johnson* $24,000
210 Mike Massenzio* $24,000
211 Rich Attonito* $24,000
212 Robert Peralta* $24,000
213 Yusin Okami* $23,000
214 Alessio Sakara* $21,000
215 Chris Cariaso* $20,000
216 Eddie Wineland* $20,000
217 Ivan Menjivar* $20,000
218 Mackens Semerzier $20,000
219 Ricardo Romero* $20,000
220 Steve Cantwell* $20,000
221 Aaron Rosa $18,000
222 Christian Morecraft* $18,000
223 Claude Patrick* $18,000
224 Cole Escovedo* $18,000
225 Curt Warburton* $18,000
226 Cyrille Diabate* $18,000
227 James Te-Huna* $18,000
228 John Makdessi* $18,000
229 Vagner Rocha* $18,000
230 Bryan Carraway $16,000
231 Chris Camozzi* $16,000
232 Chris Cope $16,000
233 John Albert $16,000
234 Johnny Bedford $16,000
235 Marcus Brimage $16,000
236 Paul Bradley* $16,000
237 Roland Delorme $16,000
238 Ronny Markes $16,000
239 Sean Pierson* $16,000
240 Steven Silver $16,000
241 Antonio McKee $15,000
242 Cub Swanson $15,000
243 John Howard* $15,000
244 Ken Stone* $15,000
245 Andre Winner $14,000
246 Nick Catone* $14,000
247 Eric Schafer* $13,000
248 Chris Tuchsherer* $12,000
249 Clifford Starks $12,000
250 Damacio Page* $12,000
251 Darren Uyenoyama $12,000
252 Donny Walker* $12,000
253 Erick Silva* $12,000
254 Francis Carmont $12,000
255 Jason Young* $12,000
256 Jeff Hougland $12,000
257 Paul Sass* $12,000
258 Rafael Natal* $12,000
259 Rob Broughton* $12,000
260 Stanislov Nedkov* $12,000
261 Tom Lawlor $12,000
262 Walel Watson* $12,000
263 Yuri Alcanatra* $12,000
264 Zhang Tie Quan* $12,000
265 Ian Loveland* $11,000
266 Aaron Riley* $10,000
267 Charlie Valencia* $10,000
268 Efrain Escudero $10,000
269 Jason Reinhart* $10,000
270 Jon Madsen $10,000
271 Karlos Vemola* $10,000
272 Kris McCray $10,000
273 Mario Miranda $10,000
274 Rafaello Oliveira $10,000
275 Ryan Jensen* $10,000
276 Sean McCorkle $10,000
277 Tim Credeur $10,000
278 TJ Grant* $10,000
279 Antonio Banuelos $9,000
280 Rob Kimmons* $9,000
281 Mike Easton* $8,800
282 Carlos Eduardo Kuhra $8,000
283 Chuck O’Neil $8,000
284 Danny Downes $8,000
285 Dustin Neace $8,000
286 Dustin Pague $8,000
287 Edward Faaloloto* $8,000
288 Greg Soto $8,000
289 Jake Hecht* $8,000
290 Jeff Curran $8,000
291 John Cholish* $8,000
292 John Maguire* $8,000
293 Jonathan Brookins* $8,000
294 Josh Ferguson $8,000
295 Kyle Watson* $8,000
296 Louis Gaudinot $8,000
297 Mike Guymon* $8,000
298 Philip De Fries* $8,000
299 Ryan McGillivray $8,000
300 Stephen Bass $8,000
301 Stipe Miocic* $8,000
302 T.J. Dillashaw $8,000
303 Nick Pace* $7,200
304 Kamal Shalorus* $7,000
305 Matt Grice* $7,000
306 Tim Hague* $7,000
307 Alex Soto $6,000
308 Amilcar Alves* $6,000
309 Dave Branch* $6,000
310 David Mitchell* $6,000
311 Dustin Jacoby $6,000
312 Felipe Arantes* $6,000
313 James Head $6,000
314 Jesse Bongfelt $6,000
315 Johny Eduardo* $6,000
316 Josh Clopton $6,000
317 Kenny Robertson $6,000
318 Luis Ramos* $6,000
319 Matt Lucas $6,000
320 T.J. O’Brien* $6,000
321 Todd Brown* $6,000
322 Willamy Freire* $6,000
323 Eddie Yagin* $4,000
324 Francisco Rivera $4,000
325 Jorge Lopez* $4,000
326 Joseph Sandoval* $4,000
327 Keith Wisniewski* $4,000
328 Maciej Jewtuszko* $4,000
329 Mike Lullo* $4,000
330 Mike Stumpf* $4,000
331 Mitch Clarke* $4,000
332 Papy Abedi* $4,000
333 Riki Fukuda* $4,000
334 Tom Blackledge* $4,000
335 Vaughan Lee* $4,000
336 Will Campuzano* $4,000
337 Byron Bloodworth* $3,200

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47 Comments to UFC NEWS – 2011 Salary Report For 337 UFC Fighters

  1. Original says:

    The Huntington Beach Bad Boy! I mean The People’s Champ!

    • He stepped up when machida stepped down and Dana paid him! Good for Tito eventhough he took an ass beating!

      • The Chartmonster says:

        He stepped up when machida stepped down and Dana paid him! Good for Tito maybe Dana paid to have sex with his street walking wife and to take an ass beating! Then again i’m a homo, so who knows.

  2. Most impressive: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone..ranked 10th Damn kid way to go!

  3. mick says:

    Does anyone know how long it would take UFC (or MMA fighters in general) fighters to make what boxing superstars make? I feel like even low-level pro boxers make a shit-ton more than top UFC guys, and that is complete bullshit, because full contact fighting is so much better (even though I know it has to do with sponsors and bosses of the organizations).

    • CanILive says:

      not for long…. atleast that’s my opinion

    • CanILive says:

      meaning the boxers are going to start making less

    • ra says:

      the big name guys make way more than this. this is only their salary. main and co-main event fighters get a pay per view cut. GSP had said he make 4-5 million per fight

      • ryan says:

        even if GSP makes 4-5million per fight… that’s nothing compared to the big names (mayweather and pacquiao) make in boxing… mayweather was guaranteed 25-million in his fight against ortiz.. and that was before all the pay-per-view! he could have made up to 40million! and that was for 1 fight… its sad to say cuz im a much bigger mma fan than boxing.. but mma fighters make change compared to what big name boxers bring in.

        • AJ says:

          the thing is there are only two fighters in boxing that make a ton of money. Mayweather and pacquiao. I can’t think of any other fighter who makes 5million+ for a fight. With that being said, mayweather and pac would get a ridiculous amount of money if they fight each other. Probably 60mil a piece

        • Mike McMack says:

          You know what your talking about AJ. What it doesn’t say in the article is that these figures are what the UFC “Reports” to the athletic comissions. Theres more money given to fighters that isn’t reported. Rampage Jackson was so stoked after the Jon Jones fight because he “made a lot of money”. According to this list he only made a half a mil the whole year but we all know that it would take more than that to make him as happy as he was. I think Rampage got a GSP type of payday after Jonny tapped him.

    • jerome says:

      Never going to happen, there are too many fighters and not enough people interested in the sport, I am actually surprised that boxers are still making as much as they are. In boxing there are many different promoters and different promotions, in MMA there are only 3 or 4 relevant promotions and 2 are owned by the same parent company, and very few of these promotions actually allow cross promotion fighting. Once MMA is in NY and in other countries some of the top fighters might make close to what the top fighters make, but you also must realize some people still only make around $500 a fight in the low level boxing matches and many mma fighters are close to the average boxer’s salary, only the super fights brig in 20 plus million

  4. bb says:

    whats bisping doing at 2 0,0

  5. G says:

    I have no fucking clue on Earth why Anderson Silva isn’t in the top five. Seriously. How the fuck can he be paid less than some of those guys? Fuck being a big draw, it’s all about being the best in the world and getting what you deserve… damn. Tito Ortiz? Seriously? He fucking loses every time he fights.

    • magoo says:

      4 huge fights for Bones in 2011 and a washed up under achieving Tito Ortiz is the highest paid fighterWTF!!! No wonder this guy wants to keep on fighting,even though he keeps getting his as whooped!

      • best says:

        Exactly….. Tito is getting paid because he is one of the only ones that had the balls to stand up to Dana and bitch about not being paid, he fought for fighter salaries or they would be paid even less than they are now. Jon Jones made the UFC millions of dollars this year and got paid nearly nothing for it. But he has always been a big draw. Dana talks about the fighters make endorsement money, that has nothing to do with the UFC. Clearly the UFC is not paying people what they are worth. For instance Sonnen made 70k, come on, he made the ufc millions also, with his fight hype, his fight hype alone he should have made atleast a million just for that. Mike Tyson as exciting as Jon Jones, and Tyson made 50 million for a fight, Jones fought 4x and didn’t even break one million. Dana and the Fer bros are clearly greedy bas……..

    • J says:

      im with you man anderson is the best in the world by far and most entertaining he should definately be the highest paid mma fighter as far as salary is concerned….bisping made almost twice as much as him salary wise what a joke come on dana fix this shit i know anderson prolly made millions last year but his salary from the ufc should still be higher then a guy who was the main event on a ultimate fighter finale on free tv

      • ADAM says:

        anderson doesnt fight often enough that why his pay is shitty compared to bispings. plus bisping did the ultimate fighter show aswell as 2 fights. he made 200,000 against rivera and 400,000 against mayhem. he signed the tuf show contract and the ufc had to pay him for it accordingly. your right that anderson deserves more, but if he had more then 1 fight a year he wud be the highest paid

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          this is base ufc salary. anderson i believe makes most his money of ppv sales i think he gets like $2 a ppv or something like that.

    • BobbyLemons says:

      He only fought twice?

  6. PAPI CHULO says:

    WHY IS OVEREEM’S MONEY THE ONLY ONE THE SHOWS WHAT HE GOT DOWN TO THE LAST PENNIE LOL

  7. Dude says:

    Guys, the reason why some top fighters are paid less than others this year, its because they probably didnt fight as much as others. (example : if GSP has 1 fight in 2011, we its damn possible that he made less than some other dude, who fought 6 times this year.) Its not the general salaries, it just depends on how the fighter has been active this year.

  8. MMA MASTER says:

    Tito is the MAN!! He and Randy Couture paved the way thats why he gets paid!!

  9. Nick says:

    These are just based on what the UFC paid them based on the fights and fight night bonuses. Calm your nuts everyone on here made more than what’s being shown.

  10. Mike R says:

    GSP’S figure is way off , he himself stated he made over $1million in salary

    • andyboy says:

      Some of places he’s fought dont’ disclose figures, that’s why there estimates! i know Nevada, Cali, and New Jersey disclose, but MN, Canada, and Japan don’t, not that he fought in japan but he did Canada, so they just what his firm pay per fight is, showing up and steppiing in the cage, win or lose is another pay, then there’s bonuses which factor into your salary. GSP is probably higher paid than Anderson in total, salary wise too. GSP’s never gave Dana a big FU liek Anderson has so……………..lol

  11. andyboy says:

    fighters 300-337 are probably unbeleivebaly amazing fighters but they cannot live off what they make fighting so they can not focus 100% on training, most have full/part time jobs and fighting is their second job. i know thats how i am and i’m fighting in small shows making the same as these guys and they’re fighting in the UFC……granted a lot work at gyms or own gyms but its easier to be able to wake up and know that you’re job is to train/spar/workout and get paid for it. you can’t be as good as Anderson and work a job and train on the side….sorry that’s not how it works, yes that’s how guys started before MMA is what it is today but now there’s an MMA/BJJ gym in almost every city in the world and enough money in MMA, the UFC particularily, to pay every fighter under contract enuff salary to support a family of 4 for a year. Dana always claims it’s about the “long run” “down the road” well if you put your money into EVERY fighter under contract, then it will pay off possibly ten fold down the road. sucks Dana acts like he doesn’t get double what these fighters got combined…..ignorance is bliss he thinks!

  12. penn nation says:

    this list is bullshit both gsp n brock came out n said they made around 5 millon last year

  13. RussellOZ says:

    so what ive gathered is, be a fucking loser, be #1, OOOORRRRRR be THE Ultimate fighter with 14 consecutive wins and undefeated and be the 13th highest paid fighter, i dont know but id be kickin more asses, ed soars is a shithouse bargainer . . . . also michael bisping? hahahah fucking kidding me right?

    • asdf says:

      I think it’s b/c when they were doing their marketing research, the fighting culture in England, UK is huge. Little groups of kids are bred to be violent, so I hear. It’s pretty bad. Probably, the ratio of fans to population, I assume is huge. So they used him as a puppet. Bisbitch knows, but of course he won’t admit it. It’s a business in the end.

  14. @BmoDollaz on twitter says:

    The ppv % is why GSP and Brock made so much in 2010 but it is crazy that Tito got the highest by almost double lol. I think eventually fighters pay will go up but all the sponorship money and ppv % and numerous other income is not part of this.

  15. Long-Strong says:

    damn, Michael Bisping…

  16. Dan says:

    I’m doubting these numbers. I keep up with the salaries and some of these numbers look off.

  17. Isaiah D says:

    There are alot of figures off on this based on past bjpenn.com articles alone. Block made 5.3 million in 2010 according to bjpenn.com. And with gsp and bjpenn being so low on the list, it only goes to show theres plenty of ppv money and laundry money from casinos going around…. Hey. my hand would be out too.

  18. Icemanfan says:

    What a joke this list is!!!!

  19. bizzle says:

    Anderson is the highest paid.. His sponsorship from Nike,burger king, Gillette and the richest soccer club corinithians insure that, oh yea and his ppv cuts since the Cote fight.. There is a reason why it is called Anderson Silva money and not anybody else money..

  20. DZ says:

    the last guy makes 3 grand in a fucking year…wtf
    he would make more cash being a beggar….

  21. Ninjaman says:

    MMA will soon be as fixed as boxing and then fighters will be paid more. MMA has to much drugs in its system already and soon it will start its downhill slide. The testing in MMA for steriods is a joke and I know this from my profession. If you want to pay fighters like boxers get paid then MMA has to become like boxing which is no good.

  22. Zack says:

    This really makes people wanna be fighters. You could make more money off American idol or being a pornstar

  23. Foxy79_ says:

    Glad to see my man The COUNT #2!!

  24. Jujitsu Player says:

    There are some top fighters still making pretty shitty money although I realize this doesn’t include endorsements etc. UFC more or less monopolizes the sport now so fighters have little choice but to take the contracts they are offered. Def think Dana should be distributing a bit more wealth to the fighters who give everything and barely make a decent living.

  25. daveee says:

    the lowest paid is 3000 that does not even cover the guys time from missing his real job///there should be a minimum the ufc can pay someone..the least should be like 10k…it must be really really hard to start a career as a fighter…you cant have a family or they will go hungry

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