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Top Ten Earning Flyweights

  (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) We continue our examination of fighter pay in each weight class with a look at one of the UFC’s newest weight classes, the flyweights..  With the UFC just introducing the 125-pound division last year, the purse levels for the fighters are still rather low while the division continues to mature. […]

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2014 Fighter Salaries: Top 10 Earners

Who is the top earner in MMA in 2014?  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.  Many top performing fighters get additional bonuses […]

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Top Ten Earning Featherweights

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) We continue our examination of fighter pay in each weight class with a look at the featherweights. (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight (Updated after UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Swanson) Total, Show, Win Bonus 1 […]

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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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UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Swanson Fighter Purses, Attendance & Gate

Frankie Edgar has called for a featherweight title shot after his destruction of Cub Swanson on Saturday night, and it makes sense – he’s already paid like a champ.  Edgar was the top earner at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs Swanson. Before we go any further, we should note that the Texas Athletic Commission doesn’t release fighter pay […]

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Top Ten Earning Lightweights

    (Updated after Bellator 131)   (Total, Show, Win Bonus) 1 Gilbert Melendez  $175,000  $175,000  $          – 2 Diego Sanchez  $140,000  $  70,000  $    70,000 3 Donald Cerrone  $126,000  $  63,000  $    63,000 4 Eddie Alvarez  $100,000  $100,000  $          – 5 Takanori Gomi*  $100,000  $  50,000  $    50,000 5 Josh Thomson  $  98,000  $  […]

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Top Ten Earning Light Heavyweights

  We continue our examination of fighter pay in each weight class with a look at the light heavyweights. No surprise at the top of the list. (fighters with a * beside their name have either estimated or non-current info) Figures represent a fighter’s payout per fight Updated after Bellator 131 Total, Show, Win Bonus […]

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Bellator 131 Fighter Salaries

17 years in the sport, and Tito Ortiz is still ringing in the big paydays.  He was last night’s top earner at Bellator 131, as reported by the California Athletic Commision and first published on Sherdog.   Tito Ortiz: $300,000 Stephan Bonnar: $100,000 Will Brooks: $62,000 ($31,000 to show, $31,000 win bonus) Mike Richman: $30,000 ($20,000 to show, $10,000 […]

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UFC 180 Fighter Purses, Attendance & Gate

  We have a NEW heavyweight champion!  Sort of.  And he was last night’s top earner at UFC 180: Werdum vs Hunt. Before we go any further, we should note that most international events don’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a […]

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UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs Saint Preux Fighter Purses, Attendance & Gate

    Have we seen the last of Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in the Octagon?  If so, he left the cage as the highest paid fighter in his last appearance. Before we go any further, we should note that most international events don’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event […]

Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua UFC Fight Purse Breakdown

  Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC 76 - Sep 22/07 – L (Griffin) – $150,000 UFC 93 - Jan 17/09 – W (Coleman) – $240,000 ($150,000 to show, $50,000 win bonus, $40,000 Fight of the Night bonus)* UFC 97 – […]

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UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs Bisping Fighter Purses, Attendance & Gate

  Win, lose or draw, Michael Bisping pretty much is guaranteed to be the highest paid fighter on any card he appears on.  So, no surprise, he was the top earner at last night’s UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs Bisping. Before we go any further, we should note that most international events don’t release fighter pay […]

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Michael Bisping UFC Fight Purse Breakdown

  Michael Bisping * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event TUF 3 Finale – Jun 24/06 – W (Haynes) – $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus)* UFC 66 – Dec 30/06 – W (Schafer) – $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus) UFC […]

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Bellator 127 Fighter Purses

  Former Bellator champ Daniel Straus got back on the winning track earlier this month at Bellator 127.  He also left that night with the biggest payday. Here are the fighter payouts for the event, released by the California Athletic Commission.   Daniel Straus: $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 win bonus) Kendall Grove: $24,000 ($12,000 […]

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UFC 179 Fighter Purses, Attendance & Gate

(Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports) What a battle – Jose Aldo really earned his event-leading payday at last night’s UFC 179 in Rio.  The champ kept his belt and walked away with the biggest paycheck. Before we go any further, we should note that most international events don’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following […]

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