The official salaries for UFC 169 have been released, and they are causing consternation.
Fans are in outcry over title challenger Ricardo Lamas being on a $10,000/$10,000 deal, and champion Renan Barao apparently being on $22,000/$22,000.
However, UFC payments to fighters are a murky area, with the existence of off-the-books ‘locker room bonuses’ a well-known way of keeping fighter pay higher than officially reported, so that the tax man can’t get at it.
The simple fact is, we don’t know how much these figures represent take-home pay.
That said, Alistair Overeem’s remuneration is particularly handsome. We can’t imagine he was paid any bonuses afterwards, judging by Dana White slamming his performance as ‘crappy’.
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
Urijah Faber: $100,000
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)
Abel Trujillo: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 contracted victory bonus)
Jamie Varner: $17,000
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
Trujillo scored a $75,000 Fight Of The Night bonus and a $50,000 Knockout Of The Night
Jamie Varner scored a $75,000 Fight Of The Night bonus.
There was no Submission of the Night bonus - UFC 169 set a new record in terms of UFC fights going to decision.
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