UFC 149 Fighter Salaries


cheick kongo

It pays to be a heavyweight.  Look no further than Cheick Kongo’s $140,000 payday for his dismal fight with Shawn Jordan at UFC 149.  Big = $$.

Before we go any further, we should note that most fights staged outside of the U.S. don’t have officially released fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a fairly accurate picture of a fighter’s pay based on official purse info released from past fights.  So, based on that info, here is the estimated pay breakdown for the 22 fighters that traded blows at the event (but please remember – this is only an estimate, not official info, especially for any fighters that made their UFC debuts at the event).


Hector Lombard$300,000

Cheick Kongo: $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 win bonus)

Matt Riddle: $95,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)

Bryan Caraway: $81,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Ryan Jimmo: $77,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)

Mitch Gagnon: $71,000 ($6,000 to show, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Tim Boetsch$66,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 win bonus)

Urijah Faber: $50,000

Renan Barao: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)

James Head: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus)

Court McGee: $20,000

Brian Ebersole: $18,000

Nick Ring: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Francisco Rivera: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Antonio Carvalho: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)

Anton Kuivanen: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)

Anthony Perosh: $12,000

Daniel Pineda: $10,000

Chris Clements: $8,000

Roland Delorme: $8,000

Shawn Jordan: $6,000

Mitch Clarke: $6,000

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