2010 Year in Review: UFC Fighter Salaries

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Another year is almost in the books which means it’s time to recap a wild and wacky year in the mixed martial arts world.  All week The MMA Manifesto will bring you the best that 2010 offered to fight fans.  Next up: UFC Fighter Salaries.

Was 2010 a good year financially to be a fighter?  Well, that depends on what your name is.  If it is Georges St-Pierre, then yes, it was a very good year.  On the other hand, if you happen to be Tyler Toner, you might want to consider keeping your day job.  While the average UFC fighter made a little over $100000 in 2010, 49 fighters (18%) made $10000 or less.  A few more stats that you might find interesting:

- Michael Bisping is not a typo at #2 – he barely was edged out by GSP for top earning fighter honours.  He earned $175000 for his loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC 110, $325000 for beating Dan Miller at UFC 114 and $385000 (including a $60000 Fight of the Night bonus) for outpointing Yoshihiro Akiyami at UFC 120.  Money, and Michael Bisping, talks.

- The average household income in the U.S. is around $45000 per year, yet almost half of the UFC’s fighters (49%) made less than the average American in 2010.  Sometimes it doesn’t pay to get punched in the face.

- If it wasn’t for the UFC end of night bonuses, Carlos Condit’s pockets wouldn’t be so fat.  Of Condit’s $249000 earned in 2010, a whopping $190000 (76%) of it came from end of night bonuses.  He made $85000 for participating in the Fight of the Night at UFC 115 (versus Rory MacDonald) and another $65000 for Knockout of the Night for making Dan Hardy go nightie-night at UFC 120.

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 2010.  To check out 2011′s fighter salary info, click here.

 

Total
1 Georges St-Pierre *  $     900,000
2 Michael Bisping*  $     885,000
3 Brock Lesnar  $     875,000
4 Rashad Evans  $     785,000
5 Rampage Jackson*  $     750,000
6 B.J. Penn *  $     680,000
7 Matt Hughes*  $     560,000
8 Anderson Silva *  $     520,000
9 Chuck Liddell  $     500,000
10 James Toney  $     500,000
11 Randy Couture  $     500,000
12 Mirko Cro Cop*  $     460,000
13 Lyoto Machida*  $     400,000
14 Wanderlei Silva*  $     400,000
15 Cain Velasquez *  $     390,000
16 Chris Leben  $     316,000
17 Mauricio Rua  $     315,000
18 Matt Serra*  $     300,000
19 Junior dos Santos  $     260,000
20 Josh Koscheck *  $     259,000
21 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira *  $     250,000
22 Tito Ortiz  $     250,000
23 Carlos Condit*  $     249,000
24 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira*  $     245,000
25 Demian Maia *  $     244,000
26 Nate Marquardt*  $     240,000
27 Joe Lauzon*  $     238,000
28 Jon Fitch *  $     228,000
29 Kenny Florian *  $     225,000
30 Rich Franklin  $     225,000
31 Yoshihiro Akiyama*  $     225,000
32 Diego Sanchez  $     220,000
33 Chael Sonnen  $     219,000
34 Mac Danzig*  $     212,000
35 Stephan Bonnar*  $     212,000
36 Chris Lytle *  $     206,000
37 Mark Munoz*  $     205,000
38 George Sotiropoulos *  $     202,000
39 Paulo Thiago  $     196,000
40 Frankie Edgar *  $     192,000
41 Nate Diaz*  $     192,000
42 Shane Carwin*  $     185,000
43 Sam Stout*  $     183,000
44 Kendall Grove *  $     178,000
45 Dennis Siver *  $     175,000
46 Ricardo Almeida*  $     175,000
47 Jim Miller*  $     170,000
48 Gerald Harris *  $     167,000
49 Cheick Kongo*  $     165,000
50 Takanori Gomi*  $     160,000
51 Evan Dunham*  $     157,000
52 Clay Guida  $     156,000
53 Jake Shields  $     150,000
54 Sean Sherk*  $     150,000
55 Vladimir Matyushenko*  $     149,000
56 Marcus Davis  $     145,000
57 Joe Stevenson *  $     144,000
58 Thiago Alves*  $     144,000
59 Kurt Pellegrino *  $     140,000
60 Cole Miller*  $     138,000
61 Jon Jones  $     136,000
62 Phil Davis*  $     136,000
63 Frank Mir *  $     135,000
64 Keith Jardine *  $     135,000
65 Matt Hamill  $     135,000
66 Stefan Struve*  $     135,000
67 Gabriel Gonzaga  $     134,000
68 Yushin Okami*  $     128,000
69 Krzysztof Soszynski *  $     125,000
70 Jared Hamman*  $     123,000
71 Martin Kampmann  $     123,000
72 Rafael dos Anjos*  $     119,000
73 Charles Oliveira*  $     110,000
74 C.B. Dollaway *  $     106,000
75 John Howard*  $     106,000
76 DaMarques Johnson *  $     105,000
77 Rory MacDonald  $     105,000
78 Daniel Roberts  $     104,000
79 Melvin Guillard*  $     104,000
80 Alan Belcher *  $     103,000
81 Paul Daley*  $     102,200
82 Johny Hendricks*  $     102,000
83 Matt Mitrione*  $     102,000
84 Ben Rothwell  $     100,000
85 Joey Beltran *  $     100,000
86 Ryan Jensen  $      97,000
87 Jeremy Stephens *  $      95,000
88 Mark Bocek*  $      95,000
89 Jason Brilz  $      94,000
90 Mike Pyle*  $      93,000
91 Brian Stann  $      91,000
92 Dan Miller*  $      90,000
93 Gilbert Yvel  $      90,000
94 Mike Russow  $      89,000
95 Tyson Griffin*  $      88,000
96 Gray Maynard  $      86,000
97 Karlos Vemola*  $      84,000
98 Aaron Simpson*  $      78,000
99 Spencer Fisher*  $      78,000
100 Rodney Wallace*  $      77,000
101 Pascal Krauss*  $      76,000
102 Amir Sadollah*  $      75,000
103 Roy Nelson*  $      75,000
104 Nik Lentz*  $      73,000
105 Paul Sass*  $      72,000
106 Court McGee  $      71,000
107 Brian Foster *  $      70,000
108 Tom Lawlor*  $      70,000
109 Mark Scanlon*  $      68,000
110 Rick Story*  $      68,000
111 Dong Hyun Kim  $      64,000
112 Leonard Garcia  $      62,000
113 Brandon Vera  $      60,000
114 Brendan Schaub  $      60,000
115 Dennis Hallman*  $      60,000
116 Efrain Escudero  $      60,000
117 Mark Coleman  $      60,000
118 Ryan Bader*  $      60,000
119 Gleison Tibau *  $      57,000
120 Kyle Kingsbury*  $      56,000
121 Dustin Hazelett*  $      55,800
122 Thiago Silva  $      55,000
123 Ross Pearson*  $      54,000
124 Matthew Riddle*  $      52,000
125 Paul Kelly*  $      51,000
126 Duane Ludwig*  $      48,000
127 Jon Madsen *  $      48,000
128 Paul Taylor*  $      48,000
129 Tim Boetsch*  $      48,000
130 Cody McKenzie  $      46,000
131 Nam Phan  $      46,000
132 James Wilks*  $      45,000
133 Mike Massenzio  $      45,000
134 Thiago Tavares*  $      45,000
135 Jake Ellenberger  $      44,000
136 Mike Swick  $      43,000
137 Alessio Sakara  $      42,000
138 Patrick Cote*  $      42,000
139 Andre Winner *  $      40,000
140 Caol Uno *  $      40,000
141 James Irvin  $      40,000
142 Karo Parisyan*  $      40,000
143 Mike Pierce  $      40,000
144 Paul Buentello  $      40,000
145 Rich Antonito  $      40,000
146 Jacob Volkmann *  $      38,000
147 Pablo Garza  $      38,000
148 Jorge Rivera *  $      36,000
149 Rob Emerson*  $      36,000
150 Dave Branch*  $      34,000
151 John Hathaway*  $      33,000
152 Chris Camozzi  $      32,000
153 Chris Tuchscherer  $      32,000
154 Kyle Noke*  $      32,000
155 Dan Lauzon  $      30,000
156 Frank Trigg  $      30,000
157 John Salter *  $      30,000
158 Matt Brown*  $      30,000
159 Nate Quarry*  $      30,000
160 Nick Osipczak*  $      30,000
161 Rafaello Oliveira*  $      30,000
162 John Gunderson*  $      29,000
163 Igor Pokrajac*  $      28,000
164 Matt Wiman  $      28,000
165 Rob Kimmons*  $      27,000
166 Brad Blackburn *  $      26,000
167 Jason MacDonald *  $      26,000
168 Mario Miranda  $      26,000
169 Mike Guymon  $      26,000
170 Kimbo Slice *  $      25,000
171 Ben Saunders *  $      24,000
172 Charlie Brenneman*  $      24,000
173 Claude Patrick*  $      24,000
174 Rousimar Palhares*  $      21,000
175 Aaron Riley  $      20,000
176 Darren Elkins  $      20,000
177 Seth Petruzelli*  $      20,000
178 TJ Grant*  $      20,000
179 Luiz Cane  $      19,000
180 Alesander Gustafsson*  $      18,000
181 Cyrille Diabate*  $      18,000
182 Greg Soto*  $      18,000
183 Sean McCorkle*  $      18,000
184 Travis Browne*  $      18,000
185 Waylon Lowe*  $      18,000
186 Tomasz Drwal*  $      17,200
187 Brad Tavares  $      16,000
188 James McSweeney*  $      16,000
189 Jonathan Brookins  $      16,000
190 Kris McCray*  $      16,000
191 Kyle Watson  $      16,000
192 Ricardo Romero  $      16,000
193 Yves Edwards*  $      16,000
194 Goran Reljic *  $      15,000
195 Rolles Gracie  $      15,000
196 Jesse Lennox  $      14,000
197 Nick Catone  $      14,000
198 Tim Hague*  $      14,000
199 Eric Shaefer  $      13,000
200 Anthony Waldburger*  $      12,000
201 David Loiseau  $      12,000
202 Edson Barboza*  $      12,000
203 Fabio Maldonado*  $      12,000
204 Forrest Petz*  $      12,000
205 James Te-Huna*  $      12,000
206 Jesse Forbes  $      12,000
207 Joe Doerksen*  $      12,000
208 John Makdessi*  $      12,000
209 Julio Paulino*  $      12,000
210 Maiquel Falcao*  $      12,000
211 Mark Holst*  $      12,000
212 Pat Audinwood*  $      12,000
213 Rafael Natal*  $      12,000
214 Rob Broughton*  $      12,000
215 Sean Pierson*  $      12,000
216 Pat Barry  $      11,000
217 Chase Gormley  $      10,000
218 Elliot Marshall  $      10,000
219 Fabricio Camoes *  $      10,000
220 Ian Loveland  $      10,000
221 Phillipe Nover  $      10,000
222 Terry Etim*  $      10,000
223 Shannon Gugerty  $        9,000
224 Aaron Wilkinson  $        8,000
225 Alexandre Ferreira*  $        8,000
226 Carlos Eduardo Rocha*  $        8,000
227 Dong Yi Yang  $        8,000
228 Gabe Ruediger  $        8,000
229 James Hammortree  $        8,000
230 Jamie Yager  $        8,000
231 Josh Bryant  $        8,000
232 Justin Bucholz  $        8,000
233 Kyle Bradley  $        8,000
234 Michael Johnson  $        8,000
235 Peter Sobotta*  $        8,000
236 Ronys Torres*  $        8,000
237 Savo Chivitchian  $        8,000
238 Seth Baczynski  $        8,000
239 Todd Duffee  $        8,000
240 Yoshiyuki Yoshida*  $        8,000
241 Jonathan Goulet*  $        7,000
242 Mustafa Al Turk*  $        7,000
243 Amilcar Alves  $        6,000
244 Anthony Perosh*  $        6,000
245 Christian Morecraft  $        6,000
246 David Mitchell*  $        6,000
247 Jason High*  $        6,000
248 Jay Silva  $        6,000
249 Jesse Bongfelt*  $        6,000
250 Kurt Warburton*  $        6,000
251 Lucio Linhares*  $        6,000
252 Mike Lullo*  $        6,000
253 Rory Markham*  $        6,000
254 Steve Lopez*  $        6,000
255 Steve Steinbeiss  $        6,000
256 T.J. O’Brien*  $        6,000
257 Todd Brown  $        6,000
258 Vinicius Queiroz*  $        6,000
259 Nicholas Pace  $        5,400
260 Joe Brammer  $        5,000
261 Matt Veach*  $        5,000
262 Ricardo Funch  $        5,000
263 Fredson Paixao  $        4,000
264 Will Campuzano  $        3,300
265 Tyler Toner  $        3,000
Total  $26,778,900
Average  $     101,052

 

 
  
 Insufficient Data Available to Predict Salaries: 
  
 Dan Hardy 
 Renzo Gracie 
 Mark Hunt 

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