UFC 146: dos Santos vs. Mir, fighter salaries

Fighter salaries for UFC 146: dos Santos vs. Mir were released on Tuesday by the Nevada Athletic Commission to MMAweekly.com.

Saturday night’s main event featured Junior dos Santos retaining his title as UFC heavyweight champion, defeating Frank Mir in the second round of their fight.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that the UFC is required by law to submit to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, but the fighters’ salaries are still public record. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.

UFC 146: dos Santos vs. Mir Fighter Salaries

Junior dos Santos: $200,000 (no win bonus)
defeated Frank Mir: $200,000

Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
defeated Antonio Silva: $70,000

Roy Nelson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)*
defeated Dave Herman: $21,000

Stipe Miocic: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
defeated Shane Del Rosario: $20,000

Stefan Struve: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)*
defeated Lavar Johnson: $26,000

Darren Elkins: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
defeated Diego Brandao: $15,000

Jamie Varner: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
defeated Edson Barboza, Jr.: $18,000

C.B. Dollaway: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
defeated Jason Miller: $45,000

Dan Hardy: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)*
defeated Duane Ludwig: $18,000

Paul Sass: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)*
defeated Jacob Volkmann: $20,000

Glover Teixeira: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
defeated Kyle Kingsbury: $12,000

Mike Brown: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
defeated Daniel Pineda: $10,000

*this fighter received an additional $70,000 bonus for KO/Submission of the Night which is not included in the above figures.

Further reading: UFC 146: dos Santos vs. Mir Payouts and Bonuses


31 Comments

  1. Profile photo of johnedge

    johnedge

    May 30, 2012 at 3:11 am

    The next Heavyweight card:

    Dos Santos vs. Cain
    Cormier vs. Alistar
    Brock vs. Nelson
    Struve vs. Mir
    Bigfoot vs. Shane Del Rasario

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    Ringo

    May 30, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Looks good but I want Werdum vs Mir

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    Rigo

    May 30, 2012 at 4:11 am

    This 2 fights should be a must in the HW division

    For the title
    Dos Santos vs Alistar Overeem/ Cormier

    Werdum vs Frank Mir is a must!
    and let Cain get another Top 10 fighter to get his title fight
    maybe Carwin,Barnett , Noguiera or even Nelson

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    silvaisking2321

    May 30, 2012 at 4:33 am

    why did cain make more the jds

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    Billy Jack

    May 30, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Man that is a lousy money for championship fight! I thought championship fight purse was around average $500,000??
    I think Zuffa is absolutely low balling fighters when it comes to pay.
    That’s my opinion.

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    Evan Holober

    May 30, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Because money is made on drawing power, and no matter how good JDS is he still doesn’t draw that well. Mir probably made more behind the scenes than him too. Anderson doesn’t get paid as much as GSP, Jones, Rampage, Griffin, Ortiz, Diaz, and probably a few more. Lesnar was by far the most paid UFC fighter in history.

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    TheBryanWarren

    May 30, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Frank Mir defeated? And he gets $200,000 like JDS. I thought lossers should get less money than the winners. O.o

    And JDS, the Heavyweight Champ only got $200,000. I Agree with Billy Jack. ZUFFA come and think of it!!

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    ChrisGomez

    May 30, 2012 at 5:37 am

    You guys know nothing about the business. Even this new SO-Called expert ANALyst Evan Holololobererer….Cormier is awesome but a instant title fight befor cain..Get real. And why would frank mir vs werdum be a must????I like both guys but the Struve vs Nelson re match might be needed. And to BillyBob JackieJack you obviously have NEVER read the payouts in MMA ever….The boxing vs mma comes to mind hmmmmmm….But Im a hater and im Outie and aboutie. Lowkics Most Hated cherry chucker mitchy slik ……..

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    spiderp4p

    May 30, 2012 at 5:38 am

    money is made on drawing power and nothing else.
    otherwise, anderson would be the highest paid fighter of all time, and lesnar would’ve been fighting for free

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    HunterB

    May 30, 2012 at 5:47 am

    No no no, you APPARENTLY are the expert analyst. Stop beating around the bush.

    This statement you just wrote, might have been the best example of the reason kids need to stay in school, and don’t do drugs.

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    Evan Holober

    May 30, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Oh, Chris Gomez please enlighten us. Please, please please enlighten us with your profound knowledge of the salary structure in MMA. I’m highly intrigued by the thought of being educated by somebody so confident. Whenever it is convenient for you be my guest. Especially somebody so sure of himself to bring up my name in a negative connotation when the only things I brought were drawing power in MMA.

    I’m dying to hear your intelligent response.

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    Ringo

    May 30, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I dont think that these numbers are accurate cause a lot off them get paid underneath the table and by that I dont mean Jenna Jameson style

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    Entity

    May 30, 2012 at 7:05 am

    When I think of genius, I think….Gomez….huh huh huh.

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    Jack N. Meoff

    May 30, 2012 at 7:28 am

    WTF

    They need to pay Roy better!

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    KeithFarrell

    May 30, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Overall Silva is probably the highest earning fighter, including sponsorships etc.
    He is guaranteed to make at least $6 mill for fighting Chael.
    GSP usually gets around $4 mill and Bones got a minimum of 33 for fighting Rashad.

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    toothless

    May 30, 2012 at 7:47 am

    If I am a pro fighter like Mir, I don mind losing coz I still get better pay..

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    mmauk

    May 30, 2012 at 8:01 am

    @billy jack
    whenever i see a comment like yours I always feel the need to point out that they make a lot more than what is published. All champs get anywhere from 1 to 3 $ per ppv buy plus other bonuses. JDS most like made close to a million excluding sponsorship. If the UFC were selling a million every major ppv and charge more than 50 bucks like boxing and were paying this a basic wage I would understand your argument.

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    enjoylife321

    May 30, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Couldn’t agree more with you !

    I don’t know what behind the scenes deals are offered to him….but the base pay is ridiculous.

    I understand that guys deserve extra bonuses on PPV sold…….but if you are not on the main card and are throwing haymakers for three rounds and copping damage then you deserve a bit more respect.

    Many of the undercard fights are the better matches.

    It pisses me off when you get big name fighters come in overweight, bad attitude collecting such huge pay. Rampage comes to mind.

    If the UFC can pay millions to commentators, ring girls and announcers, then they should show more love to the guys who make the big stage. All of these guys are accomplished amateur fighters or wrestlers.

    Compared to some athletes in basketball and baseball, it seems like a joke. You can have a team of players all earning in the millions.

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    ksooner76

    May 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

    sorry but for the champ already champ defend his title win and get no win bonus and make what mir makes losing and hewasnt even going to be
    the fight WRONG…….JDS got screwed

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    Evan Holober

    May 30, 2012 at 9:16 am

    “All champs get anywhere from 1 to 3 $ per ppv buy plus other bonuses.”

    -Strictly depends on the draw. Aldo and Cruz certainly are not getting that. In fact, their contracts are not even between titlists normally.

    “JDS most like made close to a million excluding sponsorship.”

    -Maybe, we just won’t know unless we work for the IRS.

    “If the UFC were selling a million every major ppv and charge more than 50 bucks like boxing and were paying this a basic wage I would understand your argument.”

    The UFC is actually declining in PPV buys, and has been for close to 2 years now so that is actually good point. The problem is 1 million PPV buys should equal 1 million dollars. Let’s take for example the recent Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto PPV. Floyd made upwards of 45-50 million dollars off of a PPV that sold 1.5 million times for 70 dollars. That’s a big payout. The problem with people who want to say that’s way too much, and it doesn’t allow other people to make money is on that same card Cotto made upwards of $12 million. Saul Canelo Alvarez made around $2 million after %’s were reached. Shane Mosley made $750,000. Two more undercard fighters Jesse Vargas and Carlos Quintana made over $50,000. And each UFC PPV is sold for at least $50.

    The UFC should not be giving out numbers on par with this. However, acting like the funds aren’t there to be giving JDS upwards of $3-4 million dollars for a card that draws 450k+ viewers isn’t anywhere based in reality either.

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    Evan Holober

    May 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

    The UFC’s undercard fighters are actually the best paid in combat sports compared to boxing and other shows. That’s how they keep pace with a lot guys that make it big. Instead of giving guys their base pay of something like 12 to show 12 to win, they give them 20 or 30gs extra. It creates a type of loyalty because they took care of them when they were new.

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    enjoylife321

    May 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    The UFC have provided their fighters with insurances which is great but the undercard fighters I don’t think are getting paid that well for the show they provide. The UFC have said they are paying their fighters above other promotions, however total salaries are not transparent with the UFC so you have to go by what the fighters are saying who have been with the organization.

    Many high level athletes in the UFC who are millionaires have complained about pay salaries for their teammates including the PPV percentages.

    I don’t think the UFC can argue that pay is fair just because their promotion pays a little bit more than another promotion.

    I just think that these guys are in much tougher sports than baseball and basketball so they should be rewarded better considering they are televised all over the world and they can only appear 2-3 times per year fighting.

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    highkick12

    May 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Where JDS’s win bonus?? Its not like he barely eeked out a 5 round boring decision.

    Either way 200Gs a fight, 3 times a year. Not bad coin at all. Especially when he barely broke a sweat this fight and his last one was only a minute long.

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    nickp44

    May 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Definitely shocked at Roy’s base salary. I recall it being low in the past, too. Not sure how guys like Dave Herman, Bigfoot, and Lavar Johnson are making more (before the win bonus).

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    KeithFarrell

    May 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I meant 3 for Bones

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    KeithFarrell

    May 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Nope, Cruz got under 50k for his last fight if i remember right

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    silvaisking2321

    May 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    silva gets a ppv % 2 though

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    Evan Holober

    May 31, 2012 at 12:48 am

    “The UFC have provided their fighters with insurances which is great but the undercard fighters I don’t think are getting paid that well for the show they provide.”

    -And I’m trying to tell you they are. Undercard fighters might put on great performances that steal the show every once in a while, but they are not the draw. They are not the ones putting butts in the seats, or eyeballs on the screen. Plus, most of them get much more money than reported. Sean McCorkle has stated that he has never heard of a undercard or non main event main card fighter getting only their actual purse. There’s always some type of extra pay behind the scenes.

    It’s much more compared to other sports.

    “Many high level athletes in the UFC who are millionaires have complained about pay salaries for their teammates including the PPV percentages.”

    Many have, but not for undercard fighters. PPV percentages are paid out to the people who draw. If guys are on the undercard they are not draws.

    “I just think that these guys are in much tougher sports than baseball and basketball so they should be rewarded better considering they are televised all over the world and they can only appear 2-3 times per year fighting.”

    I agree with the points you are making a lot. If you’ve never read my opinions on this subject I am all for transparency in fighter pay, and mainly for the fighters forming a union to recieve at least 50% of all profits from UFC shows and merchandise. However, A – they are the ones who chose this profession, B – the UFC is not making nearly as much money as any of those sports, and C – those are team sports.

    Even if the UFC and its fighters were to set up some type of collective bargaining agreement the undercard combatants still would only be getting 5 – 10 grand more a fight.

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    TheRealDeal

    May 31, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Hardy gets 50 and Varner 20? Something wrong with that math.

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    Akordas

    May 31, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Brazil is full of criminals so i guess thats why JDS did’nt show his wallet on the internet guys, or he will get same disaster like Belfort.

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    enjoylife321

    May 31, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I get what your saying Evan….Its complicated, because until there is complete transparency we will never really know the exact amount being paid.

    You are right however that fighters have a choice to sign a contract or not. No one is directly forcing them.

    How much a fighter should be paid is a difficult question because it has to ultimately consider PPV sales as you mention? And your right that stars bring PPV numbers like Brock, GSP etc.

    I guess from a fans point of view, time and time again we see guys on undercards like Matt Brown who deliver time and time again and you just wonder whether these guys are earning their just desserts in the pay scale particuarly when you look at base salaries.

    anyway thanks for your comments.

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