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Bellator 148 Fighter Purses

  The Pitbull got the biggest bone at last weekend’s Bellator 148, as Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire was the event’s top earner. Here are the fighter payouts, released by the California Athletic Commission.   Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus) Tony Johnson: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 win bonus) Paul Daley: $25,000 […]

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UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs Cruz Fighter Salaries, Reebok $$, Attendance & Gate

  It’s good to be the champ (once again) – Dominick Cruz left TD Banknorth Garden in Boston the top earner at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs Cruz on Jan 17th. Here are the fighter purses for the event, released by the Massachusetts Athletic Commission.   Attendance: 12,022 Gate: $1,300,000   Dominick Cruz: $190,000 ($55,000 to […]

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 30:  Anthony Johnson of the United States	 celebrates his win by TKO against Ryan Bader (not pictured) of the United States in the first round of their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on January 30, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Bader Fighter Salaries, Reebok $$, Attendance & Gate

  Rumble Johnson made quick work of Ryan Bader last night in New Jersey, then walked away with a big cheque as the top earner at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs Bader. Before we go any further, we should note that the New Jersey fight commission doesn’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary […]

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Top Ten Earning Women’s Fighters

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)   (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Updated after Invicta FC 15   Top Ten Earning Women’s Fighters    Total    Show   Win Bonus  1 Cat Zingano  $            200,000  $          100,000  $          100,000 2 Ronda Rousey*  $            150,000 […]

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Invicta FC 15: Cyborg vs Ibragimova Fighter Salaries

  It’s good to be a cyborg.   Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino: $110,000 ($55,000 to show, $55,000 win bonus) Livia Renata Souza: $11,000 ($5,500 to show, $5,500 win bonus) Angela Hill: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus) Daria Ibragimova: $6,000 Colleen Schneider: $5,400 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 win bonus, $600 fine for missing weight) Amber […]

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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 […]

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Top Ten Earning Welterweights

  (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Updated after UFC 195   Top Ten Earning Welterweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Robbie Lawler  $500,000  $   500,000 2 Carlos Condit  $430,000  $   315,000  $   115,000 3 Demain Maia  $156,000  $     78,000  $     78,000 […]

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Top Ten Earning Heavyweights

  We conclude our examination of fighter pay in each weight class with a look at the big boys – the heavyweights.  The list is topped by someone who better start winning soon to justify his big paychecks. (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s […]

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2015 UFC Fighter Salaries

Another memorable year in mixed martial arts is in the books, so it’s time for The MMA Manifesto to look back and reflect on UFC Fighter Salaries. Was 2014 a good year financially to be a fighter?  Well, that depends on what your name is.  If it is Conor McGregor, then yes, it was a very […]

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 25: Robbie Lawler speaks to fans and media during the UFC 189 World Championship Press Tour at Flames Central on March 25, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

UFC 195 Fighter Salaries, Reebok $, Attendance & Gate

  It’s good to be the champ – Robbie Lawler was the top earner this past Saturday night at UFC 195. Here are the fighter payouts for it, courtesy of the Nevada Athletic Commission.   Attendance: 10,300 Gate: $2,003,986   Robbie Lawler: $590,000 ($500,000 to show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $40,000 Reebok sponsorship) Carlos […]

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WSOF 26: Palmer vs Almeida Fighter Salaries

    WSOF 26 went down Dec 18th in Las Vegas – here are the fighter payouts, courtesy of the Nevada Athletic Commission.   Ozzy Dugulubgov: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 win bonus) Lance Palmer: $28,000 Sheymon Moraes: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus) Jake Heun: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus) Josh Hill: $14,000 […]

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Top Ten Earning Lightweights

    (Updated after UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs Cerrone 2)   Top Ten Earning Lightweights Total Show Win Bonus 1 Rafael dos Anjos  $       300,000  $        300,000 2 Gilbert Melendez  $       200,000  $        200,000  $                    – 2 Anthony Pettis  $       200,000  $        100,000  $            100,000 4 Takanori Gomi*  $       160,000  $          80,000  $              80,000 […]

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2015 Top 10 MMA Earners

  Who is the top earner in MMA in 2015?  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, plus the official UFC Reebok sponsorship […]

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Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Career Earnings

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Career Earnings (UFC fights only, doesn’t include any PPV bonuses or other bonuses, Reebok sponsorship pay came in to effect at UFC 189)   * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC 126 – Feb 5/11 – W (Kelly) – $111,000 ($18,000 to […]

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Junior dos Santos Career Earnings

  Junior dos Santos Career Earnings   * denotes an estimated purse, UFC fights only   Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event   UFC 90 – Oct 25/08 – W (Werdum) – $71,000 ($3,000 to show*, $3,000 win bonus*, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus) UFC 95 – […]

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Top Ten Earning Featherweights

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (Updated after UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs Cerrone 2)   Total Show Win Bonus 1 Conor McGregor  $               500,000  $           500,000 1 Jose Aldo  $               500,000  $           400,000  $           […]

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Top Ten Earning Bantamweights

(Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports) (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Updated after UFC 194   Total Show Win Bonus 1 Urijah Faber  $      300,000  $      150,000  $          150,000 2 Renan Barao*  $      152,000  $       76,000  $           76,000 3 Marlon Moraes (WSOF)  $      140,000 […]

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Top Ten Earning Middleweights

  We continue our examination of fighter pay in each weight class with a look at the middleweights. (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Updated after UFC 194 Top Ten Earning Middleweights   Total Show Win Bonus 1 Anderson Silva  $800,000  $     […]

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Urijah Faber Career Earnings

  Urijah Faber Career Earnings   (UFC only – doesn’t include PPV bonuses) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event   UFC 128 – Mar 19/11 – W (Wineland) – $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 win bonus)*   UFC 132 – Jul 2/11 – L (Cruz) – $107,000 […]

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