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*  $     710,000
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 Carlos Condit*  $     305,000
16 Jake Shields*  $     300,000
17 Martin Kampmann*  $     300,000
18 Benson Henderson*  $     299,000
19 Jim Miller*  $     297,000
20 Rich Franklin*  $     290,000
21 Stefan Struve*  $     284,000
22 Melvin Guillard*  $     280,800
23 Wanderlei Silva*  $     265,000
24 Fabricio Werdum*  $     265,000
25 Joe Lauzon*  $     264,000
26 Scott Jorgensen  $     252,000
27 Demian Maia*  $     252,000
28 Mike Pyle*  $     250,000
29 Donald Cerrone*  $     243,600
30 Roy Nelson  $     243,000
31 Takanori Gomi*  $     240,000
32 Jake Ellenberger*  $     232,000
33 Josh Koscheck*  $     224,000
34 Cub Swanson*  $     221,000
35 Lavar Johnson*  $     220,000
36 Nate Diaz*  $     215,000
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 Jon Fitch*  $     190,000
43 Nick Diaz  $     185,500
44 Ivan Menjivar*  $     185,000
45 Mike Swick  $     184,000
46 Johny Hendricks*  $     182,000
47 Dustin Poirier  $     177,000
48 Edson Barboza*  $     172,000
49 Dan Hardy*  $     170,000
50 Demetrious Johnson*  $     170,000
51 Ben Rothwell  $     169,000
52 Evan Dunham*  $     169,000
53 Frankie Edgar*  $     167,000
54 Matt Brown*  $     164,000
55 Pat Barry*  $     162,000
56 Tim Boetsch*  $     159,000
57 Matt Riddle*  $     155,000
58 Yushin Okami*  $     153,000
59 Erick Silva*  $     152,000
60 B.J. Penn  $     150,000
61 Chael Sonnen*  $     150,000
62 Mike Pierce*  $     148,000
63 Ryan Bader*  $     145,000
64 Charles Oliveira*  $     145,000
65 Sam Stout*  $     142,000
66 Brad Pickett*  $     141,000
67 Stipe Miocic*  $     141,000
68 Antonio Silva*  $     140,000
69 Riki Fukuda*  $     140,000
70 Dong Hyun Kim*  $     132,000
71 Chris Weidman*  $     128,000
72 Michael Johnson*  $     126,000
73 TJ Grant*  $     125,000
74 Dennis Siver*  $     124,000
75 Joseph Benavidez*  $     123,000
76 Mac Danzig*  $     121,000
77 Phil Davis*  $     120,000
78 Jamie Varner  $     118,000
79 Rony Mariano Bezerra*  $     116,000
80 Costa Philippou*  $     116,000
81 Nik Lentz*  $     116,000
82 Chan-Sung Jung  $     114,000
83 Rafael dos Anjos*  $     112,000
84 Travis Browne  $     109,000
85 Alexander Gustafsson*  $     106,000
86 John Moraga  $     105,000
87 Justin Lawrence*  $     104,000
88 TJ Waldburger*  $     102,000
89 Diego Sanchez*  $     100,000
90 Joey Beltran*  $     100,000
91 Paul Sass*  $     100,000
92 Chad Mendes*  $     100,000
93 Mark Hominick*  $       99,000
94 Yves Edwards  $       97,000
95 James Te-Huna*  $       96,000
96 Ed Herman*  $       96,000
97 Aaron Simpson*  $       94,000
98 Shane Roller*  $       94,000
99 Marcos Vinicius*  $       93,000
100 Gleison Tibau*  $       93,000
101 Rousimar Palhares*  $       93,000
102 Dennis Bermudez*  $       92,000
103 John Albert*  $       91,000
104 Eddie Wineland  $       90,000
105 Anthony Pettis*  $       89,000
106 Alex Caceres*  $       88,000
107 Diego Nunes*  $       88,000
108 Rodrigo Damm*  $       87,000
109 Stephen Thompson  $       85,000
110 Mitch Gagnon*  $       83,000
111 Louis Gaudenot*  $       82,200
112 John Lineker*  $       81,800
113 Brian Caraway*  $       81,000
114 Todd Duffee  $       81,000
115 Dan Miller*  $       80,000
116 Rory MacDonald  $       78,000
117 Eddie Yagin  $       77,000
118 Ian McCall*  $       77,000
119 Ryan Jimmo*  $       77,000
120 Vaughan Lee*  $       77,000
121 Matt Wiman*  $       76,000
122 Spencer Fisher*  $       76,000
123 Tom Lawlor*  $       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 Glover Teixeira*  $       66,000
137 Jonathan Brookins*  $       65,000
138 Bart Palaszewski*  $       64,000
139 Matt Hamill*  $       64,000
140 Darren Elkins*  $       64,000
141 Dave Herman*  $       63,000
142 Nick Denis*  $       63,000
143 Patrick Cote*  $       63,000
144 Damacio Page*  $       62,000
145 Philip De Fries*  $       62,000
146 Siyar Bahadurzada*  $       62,000
147 Max Holloway*  $       62,000
148 Rick Story*  $       61,000
149 Daniel Pineda*  $       60,000
150 Francis Carmont*  $       60,000
151 Jacob Volkmann*  $       60,000
152 John Dodson  $       60,000
153 Justin Edwards  $       60,000
154 Seth Baczynski*  $       60,000
155 Jared Papazian*  $       58,000
156 Josh Neer*  $       58,000
157 Tim Elliott*  $       58,000
158 Ben Alloway*  $       56,000
159 John Cofer  $       56,000
160 Michael Chiesa  $       56,000
161 Jose Aldo*  $       56,000
162 Chad Griggs*  $       54,000
163 DaMarques Johnson*  $       54,000
164 Duane Ludwig*  $       54,000
165 Mike Easton*  $       54,000
166 Cody Donovan*  $       52,000
167 Gray Maynard*  $       52,000
168 John Hathaway*  $       52,000
169 Mike Brown  $       52,000
170 Nick Penner*  $       52,000
171 Christian Morecraft*  $       51,000
172 Chris Leben  $       51,000
173 Chris Camozzi*  $       48,000
174 Jeremy Stephens  $       48,000
175 Takeya Mizugaki*  $       48,000
176 Diego Brandao*  $       45,000
177 Hatsu Hioki*  $       45,000
178 Jason Miller  $       45,000
179 Yoshihiro Akiyama*  $       45,000
180 Sean Pierson*  $       44,000
181 Erik Perez*  $       44,000
182 Renan Barao*  $       44,000
183 Mike Russow*  $       42,000
184 Alessio Sakara*  $       42,000
185 Cole Miller*  $       42,000
186 Mark Munoz  $       42,000
187 Ramsey Nijem*  $       41,200
188 Brad Tavares*  $       40,000
189 C.B. Dollaway  $       40,000
190 Carlo Prater*  $       40,000
191 Khabib Nurmagomedov*  $       40,000
192 Leonard Garcia  $       40,000
193 Sean Pierson*  $       40,000
194 Shane del Rosario  $       40,000
195 Steven Siler*  $       40,000
196 T.J. Dillashaw*  $       40,000
197 Clay Guida*  $       40,000
198 Thiago Alves*  $       39,000
199 James Head*  $       36,000
200 Jorge Rivera*  $       36,000
201 Manny Gamburyan  $       36,000
202 Paulo Thiago*  $       36,000
203 Court McGee*  $       35,000
204 Stephan Bonnar*  $       34,000
205 Hugo Viana*  $       33,600
206 Daron Cruickshank  $       33,600
207 John Makdessi*  $       33,600
208 Dustin Pague*  $       32,000
209 Marcus Brimage*  $       32,000
210 Miguel Torres  $       32,000
211 Myles Jury  $       32,000
212 Urijah Faber*  $       32,000
213 Wagner Prado*  $       32,000
214 Rafael Natal  $       32,000
215 Antonio Carvalho*  $       30,000
216 Cody McKenzie  $       30,000
217 Nam Phan  $       30,000
218 Thiago Tavares*  $       30,000
219 Yves Jabouin*  $       30,000
220 Derek Brunson  $       30,000
221 Gabriel Gonzaga*  $       28,000
222 Tim Means*  $       28,000
223 Anthony Njokuani  $       26,400
224 Iuri Alcantara*  $       26,000
225 Marcus LeVesseur  $       26,000
226 Henry Martinez  $       24,400
227 Francisco Trinaldo*  $       24,000
228 Sergio Moraes*  $       24,000
229 Che Mills*  $       24,000
230 Chris Cariaso*  $       24,000
231 Cristiano Marcello*  $       24,000
232 Cyrille Diabate*  $       24,000
233 Fabricio Camoes*  $       24,000
234 Francisco Rivera*  $       24,000
235 Joe Proctor  $       24,000
236 Justin Salas*  $       24,000
237 Kyle Kingsbury*  $       24,000
238 Kyle Noke*  $       24,000
239 Nick Ring*  $       24,000
240 Pablo Garza*  $       24,000
241 Rani Yahya  $       24,000
242 Roland Delorme*  $       24,000
243 Sam Sicilia*  $       24,000
244 Ricardo Lamas*  $       24,000
245 Fabio Maldonado*  $       22,000
246 Kamal Shalorus*  $       22,000
247 Michihiro Omigawa*  $       22,000
248 Felipe Arantes*  $       20,000
249 John Alessio  $       20,000
250 Karlos Vemola*  $       20,000
251 Nick Catone*  $       20,000
252 Rafaelo Oliveira  $       20,000
253 Reza Madadi*  $       20,000
254 Chris Clements*  $       20,000
255 Robert Peralta*  $       20,000
256 Jason MacDonald  $       19,000
257 Luiz Cane*  $       19,000
258 Oli Thompson*  $       19,000
259 Anthony Perosh*  $       18,000
260 Anton Kuivanen*  $       18,000
261 Brian Ebersole*  $       18,000
262 Buddy Roberts*  $       18,000
263 Jason Young*  $       18,000
264 Michael Kuiper*  $       18,000
265 Shawn Jordan*  $       18,000
266 Simeon Thoresen*  $       18,000
267 Cezar Ferreira*  $       16,000
268 Thiago Perpetuo*  $       16,000
269 Anthony Johnson*  $       16,000
270 Darren Uyenoyama  $       16,000
271 Edwin Figueroa  $       16,000
272 Jake Hecht*  $       16,000
273 Lance Benoist*  $       16,000
274 Michael McDonald  $       16,000
275 Mike Massenzio*  $       16,000
276 Mike Wilkinson*  $       16,000
277 Norman Parke*  $       16,000
278 Robert Whittaker*  $       16,000
279 Ronny Markes*  $       16,000
280 Vinny Malgalhaes*  $       16,000
281 Colton Smith  $       16,000
282 Johnny Bedford  $       16,000
283 Rustam Khabilov  $       16,000
284 Mike Rio  $       16,000
285 George Sotiropoulos*  $       15,000
286 John-Olav Eneimo*  $       15,000
287 Josh Grispi  $       15,000
288 Ken Stone*  $       15,000
289 Norifumi Yamamoto*  $       15,000
290 Tony Ferguson*  $       15,000
291 Brendan Schaub  $       14,000
292 Jeff Hougland*  $       14,000
293 Eric Schafer*  $       13,000
294 Maximo Blanco  $       13,000
295 Hacran Dias*  $       12,000
296 Abel Trujillo  $       12,000
297 Akira Corassani*  $       12,000
298 Andrew Craig*  $       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 Issei Tamura*  $       12,000
307 Jared Hamman*  $       12,000
308 Jay Hieron  $       12,000
309 Jimi Manuwa*  $       12,000
310 Joey Gambino*  $       12,000
311 Johnny Eduardo  $       12,000
312 Jon Tuck*  $       12,000
313 Mark Hunt*  $       12,000
314 Matt Grice  $       12,000
315 Pat Schilling*  $       12,000
316 Ricardo Funch*  $       12,000
317 Tom DeBlass*  $       12,000
318 Tommy Hayden*  $       12,000
319 Walel Watson*  $       12,000
320 Yashuhiro Urishitani*  $       12,000
321 Yoislandy Izquierdo*  $       12,000
322 Zhang Tiequan*  $       12,000
323 Matt Mitrione  $       12,000
324 Jimy Hettes*  $       12,000
325 Tom Watson*  $       12,000
326 Efrain Escudero  $       10,000
327 Keith Wisniewski  $       10,000
328 Steve Cantwell*  $       10,000
329 Yaotzin Meza*  $       10,000
330 Jussier da Silva*  $        9,000
331 Anistavio Medeiros*  $        8,000
332 Delson Heleno*  $        8,000
333 Godofrodo ‘Pepey’ Castro*  $        8,000
334 Leonardo Mafra*  $        8,000
335 Wagner Campos*  $        8,000
336 Al Iaquinta  $        8,000
337 Bradley Scott*  $        8,000
338 Brendan Loughnane*  $        8,000
339 Caio Malgalhaes  $        8,000
340 Carlos Eduardo Rocha  $        8,000
341 Chris Cope  $        8,000
342 Chris Saunders  $        8,000
343 Chris Tickle  $        8,000
344 Clifford Starks  $        8,000
345 Colin Fletcher*  $        8,000
346 George Roop*  $        8,000
347 Jeff Curran  $        8,000
348 Jeremy Larsen  $        8,000
349 Mackens Semerzier*  $        8,000
350 Manuel Rodriguez*  $        8,000
351 Phil Harris  $        8,000
352 Ulysses Gomez  $        8,000
353 Mike Ricci  $        8,000
354 Vinc Pichel  $        8,000
355 Reuben Duran  $        8,000
356 Stanislav Nedkov*  $        8,000
357 John Teixera*  $        6,400
358 Milton Vieira*  $        6,000
359 Aaron Rosa*  $        6,000
360 Alex Soto  $        6,000
361 Andy Ogle*  $        6,000
362 Azamat Gashimov*  $        6,000
363 Besam Yousef*  $        6,000
364 Brock Jardine  $        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 Mitch Clarke*  $        6,000
374 Motonobu Tezuka*  $        6,000
375 Papy Abedi*  $        6,000
376 Pascal Krauss*  $        6,000
377 Renee Forte*  $        6,000
378 Roger Hollett*  $        6,000
379 Vagner Rocha*  $        6,000
380 Byron Bloodworth  $        6,000
381 C.J. Keith  $        4,800

 

 

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