TUF 7 Finale Payout and Bonuses


chuck make the cash

The official payouts for The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale are in from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). The big winner of the night was TUF 1 veteran Diego Sanchez who pulled in 70k for fighting and winning his fight over Luigi Fioravanti. The loser of the night award goes to TUF 2 veteran Josh Burkman who earned 10k to fight. This was Burkman’s 9th fight with the UFC stemming all the way back to 2005.

TUF 7 Finale Fighter Payouts

Kendall Grove ($32,000, fight/win)
Evan Tanner ($25,000)
Amir Sadollah ($16,000, fight/win)
C.B. Dollaway ($8,000)
Diego Sanchez ($70,000, fight/win)
Luigi Fioravanti ($10,000)
Spencer Fisher ($36,000, fight/win)
Jeremy Stephens ($16,000)
Matthew Riddle ($16,000, fight/win)
Dante Rivera ($8,000)
Dustin Hazelett ($24,000, fight/win)
Josh Burkman ($10,000)
Drew McFedries ($26,000, fight/win)
Marvin Eastman ($9000)
Matt Brown ($16,000, fight/win)
Matt Arroyo ($8,000)
Dean Lister ($28,000, fight/win)
Jeremy Horn ($25,000)
Tim Credeur ($8,000)
Cale Yarbrough ($8,000)
Rob Kimmons ($6,000, fight/win)
Rob Yundt ($5,000)

Total Payout: $410,000

These numbers didn’t include the fight night bonuses,

TUF 7 Final Fight Bonuses

Dustin Hazelett ($20,000 for “Fight of the Night”, $20,000 for “Submission of the Night”)
Josh Burkman ($20,000 for “Fight of the Night”)
Drew McFedries ($20,000 for “Knockout of the Night”)

All reported payouts don’t include deductions for insurance, licenses, gym dues, management commissions, and taxes. They also don’t reflect fighter sponsorships, signing bonuses and sometimes PPV percentages.


  1. tom

    June 23, 2008 at 4:49 am

    Rob got fucked just 6,000 to fight and win that bs

    dustin made some chash

  2. Kash

    June 23, 2008 at 7:13 am

    They should have given the TUF finalists more money than the rest of them.

  3. Nichole Lesniak

    June 23, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Rob got paid what he agreed to.

    And why should the TUF finalists be paid more? They have to prove themselves still. When they get a name for themselves, then the get paid the big name money.

  4. Kash

    June 23, 2008 at 9:20 am

    It just seems fair that if Amir and CB reach the finals and are the co main event that they should get a little more than the other TUF finalists. But hey what do I know.

  5. tlos

    June 23, 2008 at 9:48 am

    so all the bonuses and fight of the night awards were given to the fighters and the fights they didn't even televise. that sucks.

  6. roy

    June 23, 2008 at 9:52 am

    i watched the fight of the night and it was a great submission but i don't think it deserved fight of the night, the diego fight was better i thought, and i agree kash a litlle extra for the last 2 fighters would be good and fair.

  7. Octagon-worthy

    June 23, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Keep in mind that TUF7 fighters were paid throughout the series, winners receiving $5,000 for the win (courtesy of Burger King as we've heard so many times) and also occasional extra $5G's for subs and KO's. It's all good.

  8. steve

    June 23, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Actually now that were on the pay subjec I think that the fighters not particularly these TUF fighters on this card but the well established fighters should be making way more money than they do. UFC is cheap when it comes to paying decent money. That is why affliction has such great fighters now. The UFC didnt want to cough up the big bucks. I hope that Affliction does very good and froms into the arch rival of the UFC. I miss the days when it was Pride vs UFC. When we compared fighters from each company. Ever since UFC bought Pride I personally feel that they havent done much to make the so called dream fights that we were promised. Wnd vs Chuck. Hmm well since they were both in the shittiest streak of there lives when they went into that fight it wasnt quite as nice. They lost Randy b/c they offered more money to Fedor to fight for them than they offered the Champion of the UFC. How fucked up is that. They slapped him in the face and randy said fuck you. I love it.

  9. Nichole Lesniak

    June 24, 2008 at 12:33 am

    BJ Penn got $250K for his last fight. Tito got 210. That's not enough?

    The fighters AGREE to what they get paid. If they have a problem with it, don't agree to it – like Randy did.

  10. tom

    June 24, 2008 at 12:48 am

    ha true

  11. Miko

    June 24, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Nichole if it was that cut and dry and that easy most of the fighters wold say no to anything under 15000.

    You think Keith Jardine only wanted 10 000 to get his ass kicked by Silva?

    No he agreed to it because he knew it was a case of "take it or leave it."

    Then he's stuck paying his trainers, gym fees, etc. out of his own pocket.

    Sure fighters agree to it but don't use a tone like they're agreeing to it gleefully.

    Randy said no because he could afford to.

  12. dane drebin

    June 24, 2008 at 4:58 am

    ya the tuf contracts are the worst the people who were on the show but didnt win i mean. kos makes dirt too. once they get new contracts im sure they will make better money depends how they have done.

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