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The Rankings: The Flyweights: May 29, 2015

The Rankings are just that – The MMA Manifesto’s rankings of the best fighters in mixed martial arts today.  Check back every Monday and Friday for our rankings of a different weight class.  Next up: The Flyweights Rankings. Voting Panel: Jeff Fox – The MMA Manifesto, speeds – Sports Two MMA Forum, and Daniel Vreeland from The MMA Manifesto. *stipulations: […]

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UFC Career Fighter Earnings

Which fighter has earned the most money over the course of their UFC career?  We’ve crunched the numbers and have the answer for you.  And the names at the top of the list probably won’t surprise many (except for that English chap at the top). But, before we reveal the list, first some ground rules.  Athletic […]

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2015 Top 10 MMA Earners

  Who is the top earner in MMA in 2015?  We’ve crunched the numbers and have the answer. It is worth noting that these are only the reported salaries plus Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night bonuses that have been made public.  Many top performing fighters get additional […]

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Daniel Cormier Career Earnings

  Daniel Cormier Career Earnings (UFC only – not including PPV bonuses) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event   UFC on Fox: Henderson vs Melendez – Apr 20/13 – W (Mir) – $126,000 ($63,000 to show, $63,000 win bonus) UFC 166 – Oct 19/13 – W […]

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Vitor Belfort Career Earnings

Vitor Belfort Career Earnings (for UFC fights only – doesn’t include PPV bonuses) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event   UFC 46 – Jan 31/04 – W (Couture) – $130,000 ($100,000 to show, $30,000 win bonus) UFC 49 – Aug 21/04 – L […]

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Chris Weidman Career Earnings

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)   Chris Weidman Career Earnings (for UFC fights only – doesn’t include PPV bonuses) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event   UFC Live: Sanchez vs Kampmann – Mar 3/11 – W (Sakara) – $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win […]

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Top Ten Earning Light Heavyweights

  We continue our examination of fighter pay in each weight class with a look at the light heavyweights. No surprise at the top of the list. (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Updated after UFC 187   Top Ten Earning Light […]

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Top Ten Earning Lightweights

    (Updated after UFC 187)   Top Ten Earning Lightweights Lightweights           Total Show Win Bonus 1 Gilbert Melendez  $200,000  $200,000  $          – 1 Anthony Pettis  $200,000  $100,000  $  100,000 3 Donald Cerrone  $152,000  $  76,000  $    76,000 4 Diego Sanchez  $140,000  $  70,000  $    70,000 5 Jim Miller*  $112,000  $  […]

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Top Ten Earning Welterweights

  (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Updated after UFC 187   Top Ten Earning Welterweights   Welterweights           Total Show Win Bonus 1 Robbie Lawler  $220,000  $   110,000  $   110,000 2 Josh Koscheck  $156,000  $     78,000  $     […]

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Top Ten Earning Heavyweights

  We conclude our examination of fighter pay in each weight class with a look at the big boys – the heavyweights.  The list is topped by someone who better start winning soon to justify his big paychecks. (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s […]

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Top Ten Earning Flyweights

  (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) We continue our examination of fighter pay in each weight class with a look at one of the UFC’s newest weight classes, the flyweights..  With the UFC just introducing the 125-pound division last year, the purse levels for the fighters are still rather low while the division continues to mature. […]

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Top Ten Earning Bantamweights

(Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports) (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Updated after Bellator 137   Bantamweights           Total Show Win Bonus 1 Renan Barao  $148,000  $   74,000  $       74,000 2 T.J. Dillashaw  $100,000  $   50,000  $       50,000 2 Dominick […]

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Top Ten Earning Middleweights

  We continue our examination of fighter pay in each weight class with a look at the middleweights. (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Updated after UFC 187 Top Ten Earning Middleweights   Middleweights           Total Show Win […]

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Bellator 137 Fighter Salaries

  Former Bellator bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas got back on the winning track last weekend at Bellator 137, and in the process got the highest paycheck for the event. Here is Bellator 137 fighter payouts, released by the California State Athletic Commission.   Eduardo Dantas: $52,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus, $2,000 from Richman […]

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UFC 187 Fighter Salaries, Attendance & Gate

(Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sport)   UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman crushed Vitor Belfort at last Saturday’s UFC 187, and also crushed it at the bank.  He was the event’s top earner. Here is the fighter payout info for UFC 187, released by the Nevada Athletic Commission.   Attendance: 12,615 Gate: $5,189,167   Chris Weidman: $550,000 ($250,000 […]

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