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 $81,429 in 2012, down from an average of $92,139 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 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 Gabriel Gonzaga*  $     134,000
71 Dong Hyun Kim*  $     132,000
72 Chris Weidman*  $     128,000
73 Michael Johnson*  $     126,000
74 TJ Grant*  $     125,000
75 Dennis Siver*  $     124,000
76 Joseph Benavidez*  $     123,000
77 Mac Danzig*  $     121,000
78 Phil Davis*  $     120,000
79 Jamie Varner  $     118,000
80 Costa Philippou*  $     116,000
81 Rony Mariano Bezerra*  $     116,000
82 Nik Lentz*  $     116,000
83 Chan-Sung Jung  $     114,000
84 Rafael dos Anjos*  $     112,000
85 Travis Browne  $     109,000
86 Alexander Gustafsson*  $     106,000
87 John Moraga  $     105,000
88 Justin Lawrence*  $     104,000
89 TJ Waldburger*  $     102,000
90 Diego Sanchez*  $     100,000
91 Joey Beltran*  $     100,000
92 Paul Sass*  $     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 Gleison Tibau*  $       93,000
100 Marcos Vinicius*  $       93,000
101 Rousimar Palhares*  $       93,000
102 Dennis Bermudez*  $       92,000
103 John Albert*  $       91,000
104 Chad Mendes*  $       90,000
105 Eddie Wineland  $       90,000
106 Anthony Pettis*  $       89,000
107 Alex Caceres*  $       88,000
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 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 Thiago Alves*  $       39,000
198 Hugo Viana*  $       38,000
199 Clay Guida*  $       37,000
200 James Head*  $       36,000
201 Jorge Rivera*  $       36,000
202 Manny Gamburyan  $       36,000
203 Paulo Thiago*  $       36,000
204 Court McGee*  $       35,000
205 Stephan Bonnar*  $       34,000
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 Tim Means*  $       28,000
222 Anthony Njokuani  $       26,400
223 Marcus LeVesseur  $       26,000
224 Sean Pierson*  $       26,000
225 Iuri Alcantara*  $       26,000
226 Henry Martinez  $       24,400
227 Che Mills*  $       24,000
228 Chris Cariaso*  $       24,000
229 Cristiano Marcello*  $       24,000
230 Cyrille Diabate*  $       24,000
231 Fabricio Camoes*  $       24,000
232 Francisco Rivera*  $       24,000
233 Joe Proctor  $       24,000
234 Justin Salas*  $       24,000
235 Kyle Kingsbury*  $       24,000
236 Kyle Noke*  $       24,000
237 Nick Ring*  $       24,000
238 Pablo Garza*  $       24,000
239 Rani Yahya  $       24,000
240 Roland Delorme*  $       24,000
241 Sam Sicilia*  $       24,000
242 Ricardo Lamas*  $       24,000
243 Francisco Trinaldo*  $       24,000
244 Fabio Maldonado*  $       22,000
245 Kamal Shalorus*  $       22,000
246 Michihiro Omigawa*  $       22,000
247 Felipe Arantes*  $       20,000
248 John Alessio  $       20,000
249 Karlos Vemola*  $       20,000
250 Nick Catone*  $       20,000
251 Rafaelo Oliveira  $       20,000
252 Reza Madadi*  $       20,000
253 Chris Clements*  $       20,000
254 Jason MacDonald  $       19,000
255 Luiz Cane*  $       19,000
256 Oli Thompson*  $       19,000
257 Anthony Perosh*  $       18,000
258 Anton Kuivanen*  $       18,000
259 Brian Ebersole*  $       18,000
260 Buddy Roberts*  $       18,000
261 Jason Young*  $       18,000
262 Michael Kuiper*  $       18,000
263 Shawn Jordan*  $       18,000
264 Simeon Thoresen*  $       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 Jimy Hettes*  $       12,000
324 Tom Watson*  $       12,000
325 Anistavio Medeiros*  $       10,000
326 Delson Heleno*  $       10,000
327 Efrain Escudero  $       10,000
328 Godofrodo ‘Pepey’ Castro*  $       10,000
329 Keith Wisniewski  $       10,000
330 Leonardo Mafra*  $       10,000
331 Steve Cantwell*  $       10,000
332 Wagner Campos*  $       10,000
333 Jussier da Silva*  $        9,000
334 Al Iaquinta  $        8,000
335 Bradley Scott*  $        8,000
336 Brendan Loughnane*  $        8,000
337 Caio Malgalhaes  $        8,000
338 Carlos Eduardo Rocha  $        8,000
339 Chris Cope  $        8,000
340 Chris Saunders  $        8,000
341 Chris Tickle  $        8,000
342 Clifford Starks  $        8,000
343 Colin Fletcher*  $        8,000
344 George Roop*  $        8,000
345 Jeff Curran  $        8,000
346 Jeremy Larsen  $        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 Stanislav Nedkov*  $        8,000
356 Aaron Rosa*  $        6,000
357 Alex Soto  $        6,000
358 Andy Ogle*  $        6,000
359 Azamat Gashimov*  $        6,000
360 Besam Yousef*  $        6,000
361 Brock Jardine  $        6,000
362 Dan Stittgen  $        6,000
363 Dustin Jacoby*  $        6,000
364 Ednaldo Oliveira*  $        6,000
365 John Cholish*  $        6,000
366 Jorge Lopez  $        6,000
367 Joseph Sandoval*  $        6,000
368 Luis Ramos*  $        6,000
369 Magnus Cedenblad*  $        6,000
370 Milton Vieira*  $        6,000
371 Mitch Clarke  $        6,000
372 Motonobu Tezuka*  $        6,000
373 Papy Abedi*  $        6,000
374 Pascal Krauss*  $        6,000
375 Renee Forte*  $        6,000
376 Roger Hollett*  $        6,000
377 Vagner Rocha*  $        6,000
378 Yaotzin Meza*  $        6,000
379 Byron Bloodworth  $        6,000
380 C.J. Keith  $        4,800

 

 

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