The Rankings: The Welterweights: Nov 21, 2014

n 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 Welterweights.   Voting Panel: Jeff Fox - The MMA Manifesto, speeds - Sports Two MMA Forum, and Daniel Vreeland from The MMA Manifesto, and Dave Kelsey – 2011 […]

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Top Ten Earning Lightweights

    (Updated after Bellator 131)   (Total, Show, Win Bonus) 1 Gilbert Melendez  $175,000  $175,000  $          – 2 Diego Sanchez  $140,000  $  70,000  $    70,000 3 Donald Cerrone  $126,000  $  63,000  $    63,000 4 Eddie Alvarez  $100,000  $100,000  $          – 5 Takanori Gomi*  $100,000  $  50,000  $    50,000 5 Josh Thomson  $  98,000  $  […]

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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 Bellator 131 Total, Show, Win Bonus […]

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2014 Fighter Salaries: Top 10 Earners

Who is the top earner in MMA in 2014?  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 bonuses […]


The Rankings: The Middleweights: Nov 17, 2014

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 Middleweights.  Voting Panel: Jeff Fox – The MMA Manifesto, Daniel Vreeland from The MMA Manifesto, and speeds - Sports Two MMA Forum. *stipulations: 1) any […]

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UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Swanson Pick ‘Em Contest

So you think you know your MMA? You think you can predict who is going to win a fight and how?  Time to prove it. We present to you The MMA Manifesto Pick ‘Em contest.  We are now sponsored by Combatives Gear, your one and only online store for fight gear.  Check them out at their […]

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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 […]


Bellator 131 Fighter Salaries

17 years in the sport, and Tito Ortiz is still ringing in the big paydays.  He was last night’s top earner at Bellator 131, as reported by the California Athletic Commision and first published on Sherdog.   Tito Ortiz: $300,000 Stephan Bonnar: $100,000 Will Brooks: $62,000 ($31,000 to show, $31,000 win bonus) Mike Richman: $30,000 ($20,000 to show, $10,000 […]

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UFC 180 Pick ‘Em Contest Results

    Congratulations to Hugh Honey for winning our UFC 180 Pick ‘Em Contest via tie-breaker.  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Swanson on Nov 22nd.  Thanks for playing!   Consensus Picks Fabricio Werdum – 73% Kelvin Gastelum – 68% Dennis Bermudez – 82% Augusto Montano – 73% Edgar Garcia – 73% Consensus […]


UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Swanson Fight Card

UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Swanson Nov 22, 2014 Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas (click on fighter’s name for detailed scouting report) (number in brackets is the betting odds: ‘-’ denotes the favorite – lines from BestFightOdds)   Main Card (Fox Sports 1/SN360 (Canada) – 10:00 pm Eastern)   Featherweights: Frankie Edgar (17-4-1, #3 ranked featherweight) vs Cub […]

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Fighter Scouting Report: Frankie Edgar

Frankie Edgar Vitals 5’6″ 145 lbs (Featherweight) 68″ reach, Orthodox October 16, 1981 Record 16-4-1 (UFC: 9-4-1) Current Streak 2 straight wins Training NCAA D1 Wrestling All-American Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships Held Reality Fighting Lightweight Champion: (no title defenses) UFC Lightweight Champion: 2010-2012 (three successful title defenses)   Strengths – biggest heart […]


UFC 180 Fighter Purses, Attendance & Gate

  We have a NEW heavyweight champion!  Sort of.  And he was last night’s top earner at UFC 180: Werdum vs Hunt. Before we go any further, we should note that most international events don’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a […]