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2011 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 2011 a good year financially to be a fighter?  Well, that depends on what your name is.  If it is Tito Ortiz, then yes, it was a very good year.  On the other hand, if you happen to be Byron Bloodworth, you might want to consider keeping your day job.  While the average UFC fighter made $91,877 in 2011, 71 fighters (21%) made $10,000 or less.  A few more stats that you might find interesting:

– While Tito Ortiz tops the list for 2011, he probably ended up making less in 2011 than in 2010.  His new UFC contract doesn’t give him a cut of the pay-per-view revenue like his previous contracts did.

– The average household income in the U.S. is around $45,000 per year, yet over half of the UFC’s fighters (56%) made less than the average American in 2011.  Sometimes it doesn’t pay to get punched in the face.

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

1 Tito Ortiz*  $1,495,000
2 Michael Bisping*  $   850,000
3 Jon Jones*  $   785,000
4 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira*  $   750,000
5 Vitor Belfort*  $   620,000
6 Lyoto Machida*  $   604,000
7 Frank Mir*  $   575,000
8 Rampage Jackson*  $   575,000
9 Mauricio Rua*  $   565,000
10 Donald Cerrone  $   494,000
11 Junior dos Santos  $   485,000
12 Rashad Evans*  $   480,000
13 Anderson Silva*  $   475,000
14 Wanderlei Silva  $   470,000
15 Cung Le  $   420,000
16 Forrest Griffin*  $   400,000
17 Brock Lesnar  $   400,000
18 Georges St-Pierre*  $   400,000
19 Alistair Overeem  $   385,714
20 B.J. Penn*  $   375,000
21 Nate Diaz*  $   364,000
22 Frankie Edgar*  $   339,000
23 Cheick Kongo*  $   330,000
24 Dan Henderson  $   320,000
25 Chris Lytle*  $   310,000
26 Urijah Faber*  $   305,000
27 Clay Guida  $   301,000
28 Nick Diaz  $   275,000
29 Johny Hendricks*  $   270,000
30 Diego Sanchez  $   260,000
31 Randy Couture*  $   250,000
32 Martin Kampmann*  $   247,000
33 Jose Aldo*  $   229,000
34 Gleison Tibau*  $   224,000
35 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira*  $   210,000
36 Ross Pearson*  $   200,000
37 Kenny Florian*  $   195,000
38 Edson Barboza*  $   194,000
39 Dong Hyun Kim  $   193,000
40 Ben Henderson*  $   193,000
41 Melvin Guillard*  $   190,000
42 Chris Leben*  $   184,000
43 Brian Stann*  $   181,000
44 Josh Koscheck*  $   181,000
45 Mark Munoz*  $   180,000
46 Brandon Vera  $   180,000
47 Brian Ebersole*  $   177,000
48 Joe Lauzon*  $   173,000
49 Michael McDonald  $   161,000
50 Jeremy Stephens*  $   156,000
51 Matt Wiman*  $   155,000
52 Dominick Cruz*  $   155,000
53 Jake Ellenberger*  $   151,000
54 Mark Hominick*  $   151,000
55 Chan Sung Jung*  $   150,000
56 Jake Shields*  $   150,000
57 Mirko Cro Cop*  $   150,000
58 Miguel Torres  $   146,800
59 Anthony Johnson*  $   145,000
60 Pablo Garza*  $   145,000
61 Carlos Condit  $   143,000
62 Gray Maynard*  $   138,000
63 Chris Weidman*  $   134,000
64 Demian Maia*  $   129,000
65 Stefan Struve*  $   128,000
66 Brian Bowles*  $   127,000
67 Danny Castillo*  $   124,600
68 Shane Roller*  $   124,000
69 Jon Fitch*  $   120,000
70 Tony Ferguson*  $   116,000
71 Dan Hardy*  $   115,000
72 Nam Phan*  $   115,000
73 Yves Edwards*  $   112,000
74 Leonard Garcia*  $   111,000
75 Thiago Silva  $   110,000
76 Nik Lentz*  $   110,000
77 Sam Stout  $   108,000
78 Anthony Njokuani*  $   106,000
79 Dave Herman  $   106,000
80 Jim Miller*  $   105,000
81 Ricardo Lamas*  $   105,000
82 Bart Palaszewski  $   103,500
83 Travis Browne*  $   102,000
84 Vladimir Matyushenko  $   102,000
85 Takanori Gomi*  $   100,000
86 Brendan Schaub*  $   100,000
87 Cain Velasquez  $   100,000
88 Ed Herman  $   100,000
89 Matt Hughes*  $   100,000
90 Mark Hunt*  $     99,000
91 Kyle Noke*  $     99,000
92 Dennis Siver*  $     99,000
93 Thiago Alves*  $     99,000
94 Aaron Simpson*  $     98,000
95 Alexander Gustafsson*  $     96,000
96 Diego Brandao  $     96,000
97 Joe Stevenson*  $     94,000
98 Paul Kelly  $     94,000
99 Erik Koch*  $     94,000
100 Tyson Griffin*  $     93,500
101 Mike Brown*  $     92,000
102 Kyle Kingsbury  $     90,000
103 Nate Marquardt*  $     90,000
104 Renan Barao*  $     90,000
105 Terry Etim*  $     90,000
106 Ryan Bader  $     88,000
107 Charles Oliveira*  $     86,000
108 Jon Olav Einemo  $     85,000
109 Jacob Volkmann*  $     84,000
110 Joseph Benavidez*  $     82,000
111 TJ Waldburger*  $     79,000
112 Mike Pierce*  $     78,000
113 Che Mills*  $     78,000
114 Jason MacDonald*  $     78,000
115 Rich Franklin  $     75,000
116 Edwin Figueroa*  $     73,000
117 Jorge Santiago*  $     72,000
118 Rick Story*  $     72,000
119 Tim Boetsch*  $     72,000
120 DaMarques Johnson*  $     70,000
121 Chael Sonnen*  $     70,000
122 Stephan Bonnar  $     68,000
123 Matt Riddle*  $     67,000
124 Matt Hamill*  $     64,000
125 Lance Benoist*  $     63,000
126 Scott Jorgensen  $     62,000
127 Takeya Mizugaki*  $     60,000
128 Amir Sadollah  $     60,000
129 Reuben Duran*  $     58,000
130 Luiz Cane*  $     57,000
131 Mike Pyle*  $     57,000
132 Diego Nunes  $     56,000
133 John Dodson  $     56,000
134 Roy Nelson  $     55,000
135 Raphael Assuncao*  $     54,000
136 Spencer Fisher*  $     52,000
137 Cole Miller*  $     51,000
138 Matt Mitrione*  $     50,000
139 Ben Rothwell*  $     50,000
140 Fabio Maldonado  $     50,000
141 Joey Beltran*  $     48,000
142 Daniel Roberts*  $     48,000
143 Dennis Bermudez  $     48,000
144 Cody McKenzie*  $     46,000
145 Thiago Tavares*  $     45,000
146 Dennis Hallman*  $     45,000
147 Jason Miller  $     45,000
148 Mark Bocek*  $     45,000
149 Yoshihiro Akiyama*  $     45,000
150 Pat Barry*  $     44,000
151 Rafael dos Anjos  $     44,000
152 Rory MacDonald*  $     42,000
153 C.B. Dolloway*  $     40,000
154 Igor Pokrajac*  $     40,000
155 Nick Ring*  $     40,000
156 Michihiro Omigawa*  $     40,000
157 Charlie Brenneman*  $     40,000
158 Shane Carwin*  $     40,000
159 Evan Dunham*  $     39,000
160 Chad Mendes*  $     38,000
161 Dustin Poirier  $     38,000
162 Allen Belcher*  $     38,000
163 Darren Elkins*  $     38,000
164 Jorge Rivera*  $     36,000
165 Paul Taylor  $     36,000
166 Waylon Lowe*  $     36,000
167 Jared Hamman*  $     36,000
168 Krzysztof Soszynski*  $     36,000
169 Manny Gamburyan*  $     36,000
170 Matt Brown*  $     36,000
171 Paulo Thiago*  $     36,000
172 Ricardo Almeida*  $     35,000
173 Phil Davis  $     34,000
174 Alex Caceres*  $     32,000
175 Clay Harvison*  $     32,000
176 Duane Ludwig  $     32,000
177 Justin Edwards*  $     32,000
178 Seth Baczynski*  $     32,000
179 Marcus Davis  $     31,000
180 Shamar Bailey*  $     30,400
181 George Sotiropoulos*  $     30,000
182 Norifumi Yamamoto  $     30,000
183 Josh Grispi  $     30,000
184 Anthony Pettis*  $     30,000
185 Court McGee*  $     30,000
186 Dan Miller*  $     30,000
187 Hatsu Hioki  $     30,000
188 Constantinos Philippou*  $     29,000
189 Rousimar Palhares*  $     28,000
190 Demetrious Johnson*  $     28,000
191 Jimy Hettes  $     28,000
192 Josh Neer*  $     28,000
193 Mike Russow  $     28,000
194 Ramsey Nijem  $     28,000
195 Yves Jabouin*  $     28,000
196 Rani Yahya*  $     27,000
197 George Roop*  $     26,000
198 Brad Tavares  $     26,000
199 Jason Brilz*  $     26,000
200 Javier Vazquez*  $     26,000
201 John Hathaway  $     26,000
202 Kendall Grove  $     26,000
203 Phil Baroni  $     25,000
204 Eliot Marshall*  $     25,000
205 Kurt Pellegrino*  $     25,000
206 Dongyi Yang*  $     24,000
207 Anthony Perosh*  $     24,000
208 Junior Assuncao*  $     24,000
209 Michael Johnson*  $     24,000
210 Mike Massenzio*  $     24,000
211 Rich Attonito*  $     24,000
212 Robert Peralta*  $     24,000
213 Yusin Okami*  $     23,000
214 Alessio Sakara*  $     21,000
215 Steve Cantwell*  $     20,000
216 Ricardo Romero*  $     20,000
217 Chris Cariaso*  $     20,000
218 Eddie Wineland*  $     20,000
219 Ivan Menjivar*  $     20,000
220 Mackens Semerzier  $     20,000
221 Cyrille Diabate*  $     18,000
222 James Te-Huna*  $     18,000
223 Curt Warburton*  $     18,000
224 Aaron Rosa  $     18,000
225 Christian Morecraft*  $     18,000
226 Claude Patrick*  $     18,000
227 Cole Escovedo*  $     18,000
228 John Makdessi*  $     18,000
229 Vagner Rocha*  $     18,000
230 Chris Camozzi*  $     16,000
231 Bryan Carraway  $     16,000
232 Chris Cope  $     16,000
233 John Albert  $     16,000
234 Johnny Bedford  $     16,000
235 Marcus Brimage  $     16,000
236 Paul Bradley*  $     16,000
237 Roland Delorme  $     16,000
238 Ronny Markes  $     16,000
239 Sean Pierson*  $     16,000
240 Steven Silver  $     16,000
241 Antonio McKee  $     15,000
242 Cub Swanson  $     15,000
243 John Howard*  $     15,000
244 Ken Stone*  $     15,000
245 Jonathan Brookins*  $     15,000
246 Andre Winner  $     14,000
247 Nick Catone*  $     14,000
248 Eric Schafer*  $     13,000
249 Damacio Page*  $     12,000
250 Zhang Tie Quan*  $     12,000
251 Chris Tuchsherer*  $     12,000
252 Clifford Starks  $     12,000
253 Darren Uyenoyama  $     12,000
254 Donny Walker*  $     12,000
255 Erick Silva*  $     12,000
256 Francis Carmont  $     12,000
257 Jason Young*  $     12,000
258 Jeff Hougland  $     12,000
259 Paul Sass*  $     12,000
260 Rafael Natal*  $     12,000
261 Rob Broughton*  $     12,000
262 Stanislov Nedkov*  $     12,000
263 Tom Lawlor  $     12,000
264 Walel Watson*  $     12,000
265 Yuri Alcanatra*  $     12,000
266 Ian Loveland*  $     11,000
267 Jason Reinhart*  $     10,000
268 Aaron Riley*  $     10,000
269 Charlie Valencia*  $     10,000
270 Efrain Escudero  $     10,000
271 Jon Madsen  $     10,000
272 Karlos Vemola*  $     10,000
273 Kris McCray  $     10,000
274 Mario Miranda  $     10,000
275 Rafaello Oliveira  $     10,000
276 Ryan Jensen*  $     10,000
277 Sean McCorkle  $     10,000
278 Tim Credeur  $     10,000
279 TJ Grant*  $     10,000
280 Rob Kimmons*  $      9,000
281 Antonio Banuelos  $      9,000
282 Mike Easton*  $      8,800
283 Carlos Eduardo Rocha  $      8,000
284 Mike Guymon*  $      8,000
285 Greg Soto  $      8,000
286 Chuck O’Neil  $      8,000
287 Danny Downes  $      8,000
288 Dustin Neace  $      8,000
289 Dustin Pague  $      8,000
290 Edward Faaloloto*  $      8,000
291 Jake Hecht*  $      8,000
292 Jeff Curran  $      8,000
293 John Cholish*  $      8,000
294 John Maguire*  $      8,000
295 Josh Ferguson  $      8,000
296 Kyle Watson*  $      8,000
297 Louis Gaudinot  $      8,000
298 Philip De Fries*  $      8,000
299 Ryan McGillivray  $      8,000
300 Stephen Bass  $      8,000
301 Stipe Miocic*  $      8,000
302 T.J. Dillashaw  $      8,000
303 Nick Pace*  $      7,200
304 Tim Hague*  $      7,000
305 Kamal Shalorus*  $      7,000
306 Matt Grice*  $      7,000
307 Dave Branch*  $      6,000
308 Todd Brown*  $      6,000
309 Kenny Robertson  $      6,000
310 Amilcar Alves*  $      6,000
311 Willamy Freire*  $      6,000
312 Alex Soto  $      6,000
313 David Mitchell*  $      6,000
314 Dustin Jacoby  $      6,000
315 Felipe Arantes*  $      6,000
316 James Head  $      6,000
317 Jesse Bongfelt  $      6,000
318 Johny Eduardo*  $      6,000
319 Josh Clopton  $      6,000
320 Luis Ramos*  $      6,000
321 Matt Lucas  $      6,000
322 T.J. O’Brien*  $      6,000
323 Maciej Jewtuszko*  $      4,000
324 Riki Fukuda*  $      4,000
325 Tom Blackledge*  $      4,000
326 Will Campuzano*  $      4,000
327 Eddie Yagin*  $      4,000
328 Francisco Rivera  $      4,000
329 Jorge Lopez*  $      4,000
330 Joseph Sandoval*  $      4,000
331 Keith Wisniewski*  $      4,000
332 Mike Lullo*  $      4,000
333 Mike Stumpf*  $      4,000
334 Mitch Clarke*  $      4,000
335 Papy Abedi*  $      4,000
336 Vaughan Lee*  $      4,000
337 Byron Bloodworth*  $      3,200

 

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