Wednesday, 27 October 2010
UFC 121 Salaries
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently requested and today received the list of salaries from the California State Athletic Commission.
Tito Ortiz ($250,000), Velasquez ($200,000) and co-main-event winner Jake Shields ($150,000) were other top earners from the card, which took place Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The full list of UFC 121 payouts included:
Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Brock Lesnar: $400,000
Jake Shields: $150,000 ($75,000 win bonus)
def. Martin Kampmann: $27,000
Diego Sanchez: $100,000 ($50,000 win bonus)
def. Paulo Thiago: $18,000
Matt Hamill: $58,000 ($29,000 win bonus)
def. Tito Ortiz: $250,000
Brendan Schaub: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $67,000
Court McGee: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Ryan Jensen: $10,000
Tom Lawlor: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Patrick Cote: $21,000
Daniel Roberts: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Guymon: $8,000
Sam Stout: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Taylor: $16,000
Chris Camozzi: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Dongi Yang: $8,000
Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Yvel: $30,000
Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. They also do not include any other "locker room" or special bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include portions of the pay-per-view revenue that some top-level fighters receive.
For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out $70,000 UFC 121 bonuses to Velasquez (KO of the Night), Roberts (Submission of the Night), and Sanchez and Thiago (Fight of the Night).
In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.