2012 Year in Review: UFC Fighter Salaries

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Another memorable year in mixed martial arts is in the books, so it’s time for The MMA Manifesto to look back and reflect.  Next up: UFC Fighter Salaries.

Was 2012 a good year financially to be a fighter?  Well, that depends on what your name is.  If it is Jon Jones, then yes, it was a very good year.  On the other hand, if you happen to be C.J. Keith, you might want to consider keeping your day job. The average UFC fighter made $81,086 in 2012, down from an average of $92,136 in 2011.    A few more stats that you might find interesting:

– 59 fighters (15%) made $10,000 or less, down from 21% in 2011.

– The average household income in the U.S. is around $45,000 per year, yet over half of the UFC’s fighters (53%) made less than the average American in 2012, down slightly from 56% in 2011. Sometimes it doesn’t pay to get punched in the face.

– 91 fighters (24%) earned six-figures in 2012.

– 11 men wore UFC championship belts in 2012, and they earned an average of $342,273 over the course of the year (highest – Jon Jones: $865,000; lowest – Renan Barao: $44,000).  Most of these fighters also made much more money in undisclosed pay-per-view bonuses.

– The highest earning non-UFC champion in 2012 was Rashad Evans, who pulled in a cool $710,000.  The highest earning fighter to have never worn UFC gold was once again Michael Bisping, who was paid $700,000.

– The top paid UFC newcomer was Cuban Hector Lombard, who got $600,000 for his two Octagon appearances (not including his $250,000 bonus for signing with the UFC).

– Despite being dead since 2007, four former Pride fighters were among the top 10 earners in 2012.  Pride never die.

Now, for the salary results.  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 paid out to them that aren’t reported, plus the top guys get a cut of the pay-per-view buys for events that they headline (not to mention every fighter makes sponsorship money).  Also, many athletic commissions don’t report fighter’s salary info, so for those we’ve estimated a fighter’s purse based on what they have earned in their other recent fights.  Fighters with some estimated purses are marked with a * in the database.  This data should still be considered very close to accurate, as most fighters’ purses remain rather steady from fight to fight (unless they ink a new contract in the meantime).

So, without further ado, here’s the salary of each UFC fighter for 2012.  To check out 2010’s fighter salary info, click here, for 2011 click here, for career fighter earnings click here.

 

1 Jon Jones*  $     865,000
2 Rashad Evans*  $     775,000
3 Michael Bisping*  $     700,000
4 Hector Lombard*  $     600,000
5 Junior dos Santos  $     600,000
6 Vitor Belfort*  $     554,000
7 Anderson Silva*  $     475,000
8 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira*  $     470,000
9 Georges St-Pierre*  $     470,000
10 Mauricio Rua  $     415,000
11 Cain Velasquez  $     400,000
12 Forrest Griffin  $     350,000
13 Cung Le*  $     340,000
14 Tito Ortiz  $     325,000
15 Frankie Edgar*  $     305,000
16 Jim Miller*  $     303,000
17 Jake Shields*  $     300,000
18 Martin Kampmann*  $     300,000
19 Benson Henderson*  $     299,000
20 Rich Franklin*  $     290,000
21 Stefan Struve*  $     286,000
22 Melvin Guillard*  $     285,600
23 Fabricio Werdum*  $     265,000
24 Wanderlei Silva*  $     265,000
25 Joe Lauzon*  $     264,000
26 Takanori Gomi*  $     260,000
27 Demian Maia*  $     252,000
28 Scott Jorgensen  $     252,000
29 Donald Cerrone*  $     250,200
30 Roy Nelson  $     243,000
31 Mike Pyle*  $     240,000
32 Carlos Condit*  $     237,000
33 Jake Ellenberger*  $     232,000
34 Josh Koscheck*  $     224,000
35 Cub Swanson*  $     221,000
36 Lavar Johnson*  $     220,000
37 Cheick Kongo*  $     210,000
38 Thiago Silva*  $     205,000
39 Frank Mir  $     200,000
40 Lyoto Machida  $     200,000
41 Quinton Jackson*  $     200,000
42 Nate Diaz*  $     197,000
43 Jon Fitch*  $     190,000
44 Nick Diaz  $     185,500
45 Ivan Menjivar*  $     185,000
46 Mike Swick  $     184,000
47 Johny Hendricks*  $     182,000
48 Dustin Poirier  $     177,000
49 Demetrious Johnson*  $     176,000
50 Edson Barboza*  $     172,000
51 Dan Hardy*  $     170,000
52 Ben Rothwell  $     169,000
53 Evan Dunham*  $     169,000
54 Matt Brown*  $     164,000
55 Pat Barry*  $     162,000
56 Tim Boetsch*  $     159,000
57 Matt Riddle*  $     155,000
58 Mike Pierce*  $     154,000
59 Yushin Okami*  $     153,000
60 Erick Silva*  $     152,000
61 B.J. Penn  $     150,000
62 Chael Sonnen*  $     150,000
63 Brad Pickett*  $     145,000
64 Ryan Bader*  $     145,000
65 Charles Oliveira*  $     142,000
66 Sam Stout*  $     142,000
67 Stipe Miocic*  $     141,000
68 Antonio Silva*  $     140,000
69 Riki Fukuda*  $     140,000
70 Dong Hyun Kim*  $     132,000
71 Michael Johnson*  $     126,000
72 TJ Grant*  $     125,000
73 Dennis Siver*  $     124,000
74 Joseph Benavidez*  $     123,000
75 Mac Danzig*  $     121,000
76 Phil Davis*  $     120,000
77 Chris Weidman*  $     118,000
78 Jamie Varner  $     118,000
79 Nik Lentz*  $     116,000
80 Rony Mariano Bezerra*  $     116,000
81 Chan-Sung Jung  $     114,000
82 Rafael dos Anjos*  $     112,000
83 Diego Sanchez*  $     110,000
84 Travis Browne  $     109,000
85 Alexander Gustafsson*  $     106,000
86 Costas Philippou*  $     106,000
87 John Moraga  $     105,000
88 Justin Lawrence*  $     104,000
89 TJ Waldburger*  $     102,000
90 Chad Mendes*  $     100,000
91 Joey Beltran*  $     100,000
92 Paul Sass*  $     100,000
93 Mark Hominick*  $      99,000
94 Yves Edwards  $      97,000
95 Dan Miller*  $      96,000
96 Ed Herman*  $      96,000
97 James Te-Huna*  $      96,000
98 Aaron Simpson*  $      94,000
99 Shane Roller*  $      94,000
100 Gleison Tibau*  $      93,000
101 Marcos Vinicius*  $      93,000
102 Rousimar Palhares*  $      93,000
103 Alex Caceres*  $      92,000
104 Dennis Bermudez*  $      92,000
105 John Albert*  $      91,000
106 Eddie Wineland  $      90,000
107 Anthony Pettis*  $      89,000
108 Diego Nunes*  $      88,000
109 Rodrigo Damm*  $      87,000
110 Stephen Thompson  $      85,000
111 Mitch Gagnon*  $      83,000
112 Louis Gaudenot*  $      82,200
113 John Lineker*  $      81,800
114 Bryan Caraway*  $      81,000
115 Todd Duffee  $      81,000
116 Rory MacDonald  $      78,000
117 Tom Lawlor*  $      78,000
118 Eddie Yagin  $      77,000
119 Ian McCall*  $      77,000
120 Ryan Jimmo*  $      77,000
121 Vaughan Lee*  $      77,000
122 Matt Wiman*  $      76,000
123 Spencer Fisher*  $      76,000
124 Alan Belcher*  $      75,000
125 Danny Castillo*  $      75,000
126 Terry Etim*  $      75,000
127 John Maguire*  $      74,000
128 Amir Sadollah*  $      72,000
129 Charlie Brenneman*  $      72,000
130 Raphael Assuncao  $      72,000
131 Ross Pearson*  $      72,000
132 Brandon Vera  $      70,000
133 Brian Stann*  $      69,000
134 Mark Bocek*  $      69,000
135 Igor Pokrajac*  $      68,000
136 Takeya Mizugaki*  $      68,000
137 Glover Teixeira*  $      66,000
138 Jonathan Brookins*  $      65,000
139 Bart Palaszewski*  $      64,000
140 Darren Elkins*  $      64,000
141 Matt Hamill*  $      64,000
142 Dave Herman*  $      63,000
143 Nick Denis*  $      63,000
144 Patrick Cote*  $      63,000
145 Damacio Page*  $      62,000
146 Max Holloway*  $      62,000
147 Philip De Fries*  $      62,000
148 Siyar Bahadurzada*  $      62,000
149 Rick Story*  $      61,000
150 Daniel Pineda*  $      60,000
151 Francis Carmont*  $      60,000
152 Jacob Volkmann*  $      60,000
153 John Dodson  $      60,000
154 Justin Edwards  $      60,000
155 Seth Baczynski*  $      60,000
156 Jared Papazian*  $      58,000
157 Josh Neer*  $      58,000
158 Tim Elliott*  $      58,000
159 Ben Alloway*  $      56,000
160 John Cofer  $      56,000
161 Jose Aldo*  $      56,000
162 Michael Chiesa  $      56,000
163 Chad Griggs*  $      54,000
164 DaMarques Johnson*  $      54,000
165 Duane Ludwig*  $      54,000
166 Mike Easton*  $      54,000
167 Hatsu Hioki*  $      53,000
168 Cody Donovan*  $      52,000
169 Gray Maynard*  $      52,000
170 John Hathaway*  $      52,000
171 Mike Brown  $      52,000
172 Nick Penner*  $      52,000
173 Renan Barao*  $      52,000
174 Chris Leben  $      51,000
175 Christian Morecraft*  $      51,000
176 Urijah Faber*  $      50,000
177 Chris Camozzi*  $      48,000
178 Erik Perez*  $      48,000
179 Jeremy Stephens  $      48,000
180 Diego Brandao*  $      45,000
181 Jason Miller  $      45,000
182 Yoshihiro Akiyama*  $      45,000
183 Sean Pierson*  $      44,000
184 Alessio Sakara*  $      42,000
185 Cole Miller*  $      42,000
186 Mark Munoz  $      42,000
187 Mike Russow*  $      42,000
188 John Makdessi*  $      41,600
189 Ramsey Nijem*  $      41,200
190 Brad Tavares*  $      40,000
191 C.B. Dollaway  $      40,000
192 Carlo Prater*  $      40,000
193 Clay Guida*  $      40,000
194 Khabib Nurmagomedov*  $      40,000
195 Leonard Garcia  $      40,000
196 Sean Pierson*  $      40,000
197 Shane del Rosario  $      40,000
198 Steven Siler*  $      40,000
199 Thiago Alves*  $      39,000
200 Brian Ebersole*  $      38,000
201 Thiago Tavares*  $      38,000
202 James Head*  $      36,000
203 Jorge Rivera*  $      36,000
204 Manny Gamburyan  $      36,000
205 Paulo Thiago*  $      36,000
206 T.J. Dillashaw*  $      36,000
207 Court McGee*  $      35,000
208 Stephan Bonnar*  $      34,000
209 Daron Cruickshank  $      33,600
210 Hugo Viana*  $      33,600
211 Anthony Perosh*  $      32,000
212 Dustin Pague*  $      32,000
213 Marcus Brimage*  $      32,000
214 Miguel Torres  $      32,000
215 Myles Jury  $      32,000
216 Rafael Natal  $      32,000
217 Wagner Prado*  $      32,000
218 Yves Jabouin*  $      32,000
219 Antonio Carvalho*  $      30,000
220 Cody McKenzie  $      30,000
221 Derek Brunson  $      30,000
222 Nam Phan  $      30,000
223 Andrew Craig*  $      28,000
224 Francisco Rivera*  $      28,000
225 Gabriel Gonzaga*  $      28,000
226 Tim Means*  $      28,000
227 Anthony Njokuani  $      26,400
228 Iuri Alcantara*  $      26,000
229 Marcus LeVesseur  $      26,000
230 Henry Martinez  $      24,400
231 Che Mills*  $      24,000
232 Chris Cariaso*  $      24,000
233 Cristiano Marcello*  $      24,000
234 Cyrille Diabate*  $      24,000
235 Fabricio Camoes*  $      24,000
236 Francisco Trinaldo*  $      24,000
237 Joe Proctor  $      24,000
238 Justin Salas*  $      24,000
239 Kyle Kingsbury*  $      24,000
240 Kyle Noke*  $      24,000
241 Nick Ring*  $      24,000
242 Pablo Garza*  $      24,000
243 Rani Yahya  $      24,000
244 Ricardo Lamas*  $      24,000
245 Roland Delorme*  $      24,000
246 Sam Sicilia*  $      24,000
247 Sergio Moraes*  $      24,000
248 Fabio Maldonado*  $      22,000
249 Kamal Shalorus*  $      22,000
250 Michihiro Omigawa*  $      22,000
251 Chris Clements*  $      20,000
252 Felipe Arantes*  $      20,000
253 John Alessio  $      20,000
254 Karlos Vemola*  $      20,000
255 Mark Hunt*  $      20,000
256 Nick Catone*  $      20,000
257 Rafaelo Oliveira  $      20,000
258 Reza Madadi*  $      20,000
259 Robert Peralta*  $      20,000
260 Jason MacDonald  $      19,000
261 Luiz Cane*  $      19,000
262 Oli Thompson*  $      19,000
263 Anton Kuivanen*  $      18,000
264 Buddy Roberts*  $      18,000
265 Jason Young*  $      18,000
266 Michael Kuiper*  $      18,000
267 Shawn Jordan*  $      18,000
268 Simeon Thoresen*  $      18,000
269 Anthony Johnson*  $      16,000
270 Cezar Ferreira*  $      16,000
271 Colton Smith  $      16,000
272 Darren Uyenoyama  $      16,000
273 Edwin Figueroa  $      16,000
274 Jake Hecht*  $      16,000
275 Johnny Bedford  $      16,000
276 Lance Benoist*  $      16,000
277 Michael McDonald  $      16,000
278 Mike Massenzio*  $      16,000
279 Mike Rio  $      16,000
280 Mike Wilkinson*  $      16,000
281 Norman Parke*  $      16,000
282 Robert Whittaker*  $      16,000
283 Ronny Markes*  $      16,000
284 Rustam Khabilov  $      16,000
285 Thiago Perpetuo*  $      16,000
286 Vinny Malgalhaes*  $      16,000
287 George Sotiropoulos*  $      15,000
288 John-Olav Eneimo*  $      15,000
289 Josh Grispi  $      15,000
290 Ken Stone*  $      15,000
291 Norifumi Yamamoto*  $      15,000
292 Tony Ferguson*  $      15,000
293 Brendan Schaub  $      14,000
294 Jeff Hougland*  $      14,000
295 Eric Schafer*  $      13,000
296 Maximo Blanco  $      13,000
297 Abel Trujillo  $      12,000
298 Akira Corassani*  $      12,000
299 Bernardo Malgalhaes*  $      12,000
300 Chico Camos*  $      12,000
301 Daniel Roberts*  $      12,000
302 Dongi Yang  $      12,000
303 Eiji Mitsuoka*  $      12,000
304 Eric Wisely*  $      12,000
305 Gunnar Nelson*  $      12,000
306 Hacran Dias*  $      12,000
307 Issei Tamura*  $      12,000
308 Jared Hamman*  $      12,000
309 Jay Hieron  $      12,000
310 Jimi Manuwa*  $      12,000
311 Joey Gambino*  $      12,000
312 Johnny Eduardo  $      12,000
313 Jon Tuck*  $      12,000
314 Matt Grice  $      12,000
315 Matt Mitrione  $      12,000
316 Pat Schilling*  $      12,000
317 Ricardo Funch*  $      12,000
318 Tom DeBlass*  $      12,000
319 Tom Watson*  $      12,000
320 Tommy Hayden*  $      12,000
321 Walel Watson*  $      12,000
322 Yashuhiro Urishitani*  $      12,000
323 Yoislandy Izquierdo*  $      12,000
324 Zhang Tiequan*  $      12,000
325 Efrain Escudero  $      10,000
326 Jimy Hettes*  $      10,000
327 Keith Wisniewski  $      10,000
328 Steve Cantwell*  $      10,000
329 Yaotzin Meza*  $      10,000
330 Jussier da Silva*  $        9,000
331 Al Iaquinta  $        8,000
332 Anistavio Medeiros*  $        8,000
333 Brad Scott*  $        8,000
334 Brendan Loughnane*  $        8,000
335 Caio Malgalhaes  $        8,000
336 Carlos Eduardo Rocha  $        8,000
337 Chris Cope  $        8,000
338 Chris Saunders  $        8,000
339 Chris Tickle  $        8,000
340 Clifford Starks  $        8,000
341 Colin Fletcher*  $        8,000
342 Delson Heleno*  $        8,000
343 George Roop*  $        8,000
344 Godofrodo ‘Pepey’ Castro*  $        8,000
345 Jeff Curran  $        8,000
346 Jeremy Larsen  $        8,000
347 Leonardo Mafra*  $        8,000
348 Mackens Semerzier*  $        8,000
349 Manuel Rodriguez*  $        8,000
350 Mike Ricci  $        8,000
351 Phil Harris  $        8,000
352 Reuben Duran  $        8,000
353 Stanislav Nedkov*  $        8,000
354 Ulysses Gomez  $        8,000
355 Vinc Pichel  $        8,000
356 Wagner Campos*  $        8,000
357 John Teixera*  $        6,400
358 Aaron Rosa*  $        6,000
359 Alex Soto  $        6,000
360 Andy Ogle*  $        6,000
361 Azamat Gashimov*  $        6,000
362 Besam Yousef*  $        6,000
363 Brock Jardine  $        6,000
364 Byron Bloodworth  $        6,000
365 Dan Stittgen  $        6,000
366 Dustin Jacoby*  $        6,000
367 Ednaldo Oliveira*  $        6,000
368 John Cholish*  $        6,000
369 Jorge Lopez  $        6,000
370 Joseph Sandoval*  $        6,000
371 Luis Ramos*  $        6,000
372 Magnus Cedenblad*  $        6,000
373 Milton Vieira*  $        6,000
374 Mitch Clarke*  $        6,000
375 Motonobu Tezuka*  $        6,000
376 Papy Abedi*  $        6,000
377 Pascal Krauss*  $        6,000
378 Renee Forte*  $        6,000
379 Roger Hollett*  $        6,000
380 Vagner Rocha*  $        6,000
381 C.J. Keith  $        4,800

 

 

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