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 $81,002 in 2012, down from an average of $91,877 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 Fabricio Werdum*  $     265,000
24 Wanderlei Silva*  $     265,000
25 Joe Lauzon*  $     264,000
26 Jake Ellenberger*  $     260,000
27 Scott Jorgensen  $     252,000
28 Mike Pyle*  $     250,000
29 Donald Cerrone*  $     243,600
30 Roy Nelson  $     243,000
31 Demian Maia*  $     240,000
32 Takanori Gomi*  $     240,000
33 Cub Swanson*  $     221,000
34 Lavar Johnson*  $     220,000
35 Josh Koscheck*  $     219,000
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 Edson Barboza*  $     184,000
46 Mike Swick  $     184,000
47 Dustin Poirier  $     177,000
48 Johny Hendricks*  $     174,000
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 Pat Barry*  $     162,000
55 Matt Brown*  $     156,000
56 Matt Riddle*  $     155,000
57 Yushin Okami*  $     153,000
58 B.J. Penn  $     150,000
59 Chael Sonnen*  $     150,000
60 Erick Silva*  $     150,000
61 Mike Pierce*  $     148,000
62 Ryan Bader*  $     145,000
63 Charles Oliveira*  $     145,000
64 Brad Pickett*  $     141,000
65 Antonio Silva*  $     140,000
66 Riki Fukuda*  $     140,000
67 Stipe Miocic*  $     140,000
68 Michael Johnson*  $     138,000
69 Gabriel Gonzaga*  $     134,000
70 Dong Hyun Kim*  $     132,000
71 Chris Weidman*  $     128,000
72 Sam Stout*  $     126,000
73 TJ Grant*  $     125,000
74 Dennis Siver*  $     124,000
75 Joseph Benavidez*  $     123,000
76 Mac Danzig*  $     121,000
77 Alexander Gustafsson*  $     120,000
78 Phil Davis*  $     120,000
79 Jamie Varner  $     118,000
80 Costa Philippou*  $     116,000
81 Rony Mariano Bezerra*  $     116,000
82 Chan-Sung Jung  $     114,000
83 Rafael dos Anjos*  $     112,000
84 Nik Lentz*  $     110,000
85 Tim Boetsch*  $     109,000
86 Travis Browne  $     109,000
87 John Moraga  $     105,000
88 Justin Lawrence*  $     104,000
89 Diego Sanchez*  $     100,000
90 Joey Beltran*  $     100,000
91 Paul Sass*  $     100,000
92 Mark Hominick*  $       99,000
93 Yves Edwards  $       97,000
94 James Te-Huna*  $       96,000
95 Rodrigo Damm*  $       95,000
96 Aaron Simpson*  $       94,000
97 Shane Roller*  $       94,000
98 Ed Herman*  $       93,000
99 Gleison Tibau*  $       93,000
100 Marcos Vinicius*  $       93,000
101 Rousimar Palhares*  $       93,000
102 Dennis Bermudez*  $       92,000
103 TJ Waldburger*  $       92,000
104 John Albert*  $       91,000
105 Chad Mendes*  $       90,000
106 Eddie Wineland  $       90,000
107 Alex Caceres*  $       88,000
108 Diego Nunes*  $       88,000
109 Anthony Pettis*  $       85,000
110 Stephen Thompson  $       85,000
111 Mitch Gagnon*  $       83,000
112 Louis Gaudenot*  $       82,200
113 John Lineker*  $       81,800
114 Brian Caraway*  $       81,000
115 Todd Duffee  $       81,000
116 Dan Miller*  $       80,000
117 Rory MacDonald  $       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 Tom Lawlor*  $       76,000
125 Alan Belcher*  $       75,000
126 Danny Castillo*  $       75,000
127 Terry Etim*  $       75,000
128 John Maguire*  $       74,000
129 Amir Sadollah*  $       72,000
130 Charlie Brenneman*  $       72,000
131 Raphael Assuncao  $       72,000
132 Ross Pearson*  $       72,000
133 Brandon Vera  $       70,000
134 Brian Stann*  $       69,000
135 Mark Bocek*  $       69,000
136 Igor Pokrajac*  $       68,000
137 Glover Teixeira*  $       66,000
138 Jonathan Brookins*  $       65,000
139 Bart Palaszewski*  $       64,000
140 Matt Hamill*  $       64,000
141 Darren Elkins*  $       64,000
142 Dave Herman*  $       63,000
143 Nick Denis*  $       63,000
144 Patrick Cote*  $       63,000
145 Damacio Page*  $       62,000
146 Philip De Fries*  $       62,000
147 Siyar Bahadurzada*  $       62,000
148 Max Holloway*  $       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 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 Seth Baczynski*  $       50,000
174 Chris Camozzi*  $       48,000
175 Jeremy Stephens  $       48,000
176 Takeya Mizugaki*  $       48,000
177 Diego Brandao*  $       45,000
178 Hatsu Hioki*  $       45,000
179 Jason Miller  $       45,000
180 Yoshihiro Akiyama*  $       45,000
181 Erik Perez*  $       44,000
182 Renan Barao*  $       44,000
183 Alessio Sakara*  $       42,000
184 Cole Miller*  $       42,000
185 Mark Munoz  $       42,000
186 Mike Russow*  $       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 Hugo Viana*  $       38,000
198 Clay Guida*  $       37,000
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 Daron Cruickshank  $       33,600
206 John Makdessi*  $       33,600
207 Thiago Alves*  $       33,000
208 Dustin Pague*  $       32,000
209 Marcus Brimage*  $       32,000
210 Miguel Torres  $       32,000
211 Myles Jury  $       32,000
212 Tim Means*  $       32,000
213 Urijah Faber*  $       32,000
214 Wagner Prado*  $       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 Anthony Njokuani  $       26,400
222 Marcus LeVesseur  $       26,000
223 Sean Pierson*  $       26,000
224 Henry Martinez  $       24,400
225 Che Mills*  $       24,000
226 Chris Cariaso*  $       24,000
227 Cristiano Marcello*  $       24,000
228 Cyrille Diabate*  $       24,000
229 Fabricio Camoes*  $       24,000
230 Francisco Rivera*  $       24,000
231 Joe Proctor  $       24,000
232 Justin Salas*  $       24,000
233 Kyle Kingsbury*  $       24,000
234 Kyle Noke*  $       24,000
235 Nick Ring*  $       24,000
236 Pablo Garza*  $       24,000
237 Rani Yahya  $       24,000
238 Roland Delorme*  $       24,000
239 Sam Sicilia*  $       24,000
240 Ricardo Lamas*  $       24,000
241 Fabio Maldonado*  $       22,000
242 Kamal Shalorus*  $       22,000
243 Michihiro Omigawa*  $       22,000
244 Felipe Arantes*  $       20,000
245 Francisco Drinaldo*  $       20,000
246 John Alessio  $       20,000
247 Karlos Vemola*  $       20,000
248 Nick Catone*  $       20,000
249 Rafael Natal  $       20,000
250 Rafaelo Oliveira  $       20,000
251 Reza Madadi*  $       20,000
252 Chris Clements*  $       20,000
253 Jason MacDonald  $       19,000
254 Luiz Cane*  $       19,000
255 Oli Thompson*  $       19,000
256 Anthony Perosh*  $       18,000
257 Anton Kuivanen*  $       18,000
258 Brian Ebersole*  $       18,000
259 Buddy Roberts*  $       18,000
260 Jason Young*  $       18,000
261 Michael Kuiper*  $       18,000
262 Shawn Jordan*  $       18,000
263 Simeon Thoresen*  $       18,000
264 Yuri Alcantara*  $       18,000
265 Anthony Johnson*  $       16,000
266 Cezar Ferreira*  $       16,000
267 Darren Uyenoyama  $       16,000
268 Edwin Figueroa  $       16,000
269 Jake Hecht*  $       16,000
270 Lance Benoist*  $       16,000
271 Michael McDonald  $       16,000
272 Mike Massenzio*  $       16,000
273 Mike Wilkinson*  $       16,000
274 Norman Parke*  $       16,000
275 Robert Peralta*  $       16,000
276 Robert Whittaker*  $       16,000
277 Ronny Markes*  $       16,000
278 Thiago Perpetuo*  $       16,000
279 Vinny Malgalhaes*  $       16,000
280 Colton Smith  $       16,000
281 Johnny Bedford  $       16,000
282 Rustam Khabilov  $       16,000
283 Mike Rio  $       16,000
284 George Sotiropoulos*  $       15,000
285 John-Olav Eneimo*  $       15,000
286 Josh Grispi  $       15,000
287 Ken Stone*  $       15,000
288 Norifumi Yamamoto*  $       15,000
289 Tony Ferguson*  $       15,000
290 Brendan Schaub  $       14,000
291 Jeff Hougland*  $       14,000
292 Eric Schafer*  $       13,000
293 Maximo Blanco  $       13,000
294 Abel Trujillo  $       12,000
295 Akira Corassani*  $       12,000
296 Andrew Craig*  $       12,000
297 Bernardo Malgalhaes*  $       12,000
298 Chico Camos*  $       12,000
299 Daniel Roberts*  $       12,000
300 Dongi Yang  $       12,000
301 Eiji Mitsuoka*  $       12,000
302 Eric Wisely*  $       12,000
303 Gunnar Nelson*  $       12,000
304 Hacran Dias*  $       12,000
305 Issei Tamura*  $       12,000
306 Jared Hamman*  $       12,000
307 Jay Hieron  $       12,000
308 Jimi Manuwa*  $       12,000
309 Joey Gambino*  $       12,000
310 Johnny Eduardo  $       12,000
311 Jon Tuck*  $       12,000
312 Mark Hunt*  $       12,000
313 Matt Grice  $       12,000
314 Pat Schilling*  $       12,000
315 Ricardo Funch*  $       12,000
316 Tom DeBlass*  $       12,000
317 Tommy Hayden*  $       12,000
318 Walel Watson*  $       12,000
319 Yashuhiro Urishitani*  $       12,000
320 Yoislandy Izquierdo*  $       12,000
321 Zhang Tiequan*  $       12,000
322 Matt Mitrione  $       12,000
323 Anistavio Medeiros*  $       10,000
324 Delson Heleno*  $       10,000
325 Efrain Escudero  $       10,000
326 Godofrodo Pepey*  $       10,000
327 Keith Wisniewski  $       10,000
328 Leonardo Mafra*  $       10,000
329 Steve Cantwell*  $       10,000
330 Wagner Campos*  $       10,000
331 Jussier da Silva*  $        9,000
332 Al Iaquinta  $        8,000
333 Bradley 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 Francisco Trinaldo*  $        8,000
343 George Roop*  $        8,000
344 Jeff Curran  $        8,000
345 Jeremy Larsen  $        8,000
346 Jimy Hettes*  $        8,000
347 John Teixera*  $        8,000
348 Mackens Semerzier*  $        8,000
349 Manuel Rodriguez*  $        8,000
350 Phil Harris  $        8,000
351 Ulysses Gomez  $        8,000
352 Mike Ricci  $        8,000
353 Vinc Pichel  $        8,000
354 Reuben Duran  $        8,000
355 Aaron Rosa*  $        6,000
356 Alex Soto  $        6,000
357 Andy Ogle*  $        6,000
358 Azamat Gashimov*  $        6,000
359 Besam Yousef*  $        6,000
360 Brock Jardine  $        6,000
361 Dan Stittgen  $        6,000
362 Dustin Jacoby*  $        6,000
363 Ednaldo Oliveira*  $        6,000
364 John Cholish*  $        6,000
365 Jorge Lopez  $        6,000
366 Joseph Sandoval*  $        6,000
367 Luis Ramos*  $        6,000
368 Magnus Cedenblad*  $        6,000
369 Milton Vieira*  $        6,000
370 Mitch Clarke  $        6,000
371 Motonobu Tezuka*  $        6,000
372 Papy Abedi*  $        6,000
373 Pascal Krauss*  $        6,000
374 Renee Forte*  $        6,000
375 Roger Hollett*  $        6,000
376 Stanislav Nedkov*  $        6,000
377 Tom Watson*  $        6,000
378 Vagner Rocha*  $        6,000
379 Yaotzin Meza*  $        6,000
380 Byron Bloodworth  $        6,000
381 C.J. Keith  $        4,800

 

 

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