UFC 116 Fighter Payouts

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The UFC 116 fighter payouts were released today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). The bigger winner on the card is obviously Brock Lesnar who pulled in 400k plus a 75k Submission of the Night fight bonus. Goran Reljic was the low man on the totem pole, pulling in a ridiculous 5k for his performance. Hopefully he gets a little extra cash from his sponsors, since his fight was broadcast on the PPV, after the main event.

Total Payout: $923,000

Brock Lesnar: $400,000 (no win bonus)
Chris Leben: $86,000 ($43,000 win bonus)
Chris Lytle: $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus)
Stephan Bonnar: $50,000 ($ win bonus)
Kendall Grove: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus)
Yoshihiro Akiyama: $45,000
Shane Carwin: $40,000
Kurt Pellegrino: $25,000
George Sotiropoulos: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
Brendan Schuab: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Gerald Harris: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Ricardo Romero: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Chris Tuchscherer: $12,000
Daniel Roberts: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
Matt Brown: $10,000
Krzysztof Soszynski: $10,000
Seth Petruzelli: $10,000
Karlos Vemola: $8,000
David Branch: $6,000
Forrest Petz: $6,000
Goran Reljic: $5,000

TG: Junkie


  1. big gibby

    July 6, 2010 at 6:00 am

    wow the whole payout wasnt even a million bucks. the fertittas dana and them rag heads must be rolling around in fuckin money 24/7. the fighters are basically fighting for peanuts compared to what the owners are making on all these pay per views.

  2. jay

    July 6, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Exactly These are world class fighters in the biggest Promotion and they DONT GET WORLD CLASS SALARIES. PUZZLING HUH

  3. Tico

    July 6, 2010 at 8:23 am

    They're not rolling around in the money, they are reinvesting it in the UFC, so the sport can take off, it's doing well but has a long, long way to go and that takes a lot of work (may be a lifetime) and a lot of money. They could give monster payouts and ruin the sport early on or play it smart for a bright future.

  4. Rampage

    July 6, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Well said Home Diddle

    After 116 the spot in the New York Times and ESPN was a tiny little corner, as the sport increases through Asia, Australia, South America, Mexico, etc. and gains a minor or collegiate sub-league it will become mainstay and then they can horribly overpay their top fighters just like the NBA, MLB, etc.

  5. Rampage

    July 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

    You know what I'm saying?

    sorry my bad

  6. Flying Armbar

    July 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Rampage, but many of the posters here are calling Strikeforce, Bellator, Dream, and Segonku the minor leagues…so isn't there already a minor league system? They are obvioulsy investing but the pay, at least for the lower end of this scale is ridiculous for the great UFC. These are full time MMA fighters. If you are not injured, you should expect to fight 4 times per year. How does someone survive on $20K per year? Then to top it off, the UFC's restrictive contracts make it impossible for these guys to seek fighting opportunities elsewhere. I understand that Goran, Forrest, and David are not champs or at the top of their divisions but come on. When you look at all the money that the UFC is making from PPV, gate sales, channel deals (Versus and Spike), merchandise, UFC club membership, gyms, Pride merchandise, WEC merchandise, UFC fighter presentations, Expos and other events….come on, you got pay a man more than $5000.00. No wonder Fedor was holding out more. He must thought, If I am going to sell my soul to the devil, it better be worth it. Fedor is not the only fighter to not reach negotiations with the UFC or to walk away from negotiations. Hendo, Frank Shamrock (at the peak of his career), and Tim Sylvia all did one or the other. I guess that according to this site's posters, they must have all been scared to fight the "best fighters in the world" as well.

  7. Rampage

    July 7, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I don't think those groups think of themselves as the UFC's Minor Leauge System, in fact I'm sure they see themselves as competitors. A Minor leauge system should comprise of at least 50 (one per state) little leauges where future competitors are groomed, all major sports have them in many different venues.

    Fedor is the last guy you want to use as an example since he was offered an NBA sized contract, but of course I hear what your saying about guys getting paid $5000 per bout, it is very low. If these Fighters are unhappy with their scale they should organize as most sports athletic bodies do.

    You know what I'm saying?


    July 7, 2010 at 2:00 am

    how many PPV buys. 1 million maybe 1.2 at 50 bucks a piece plus sponser money and you can't pay shane carwin more than 40K, a guy in the main event who could easily be standing today as the champ 40K. ridiculous, you can argue the putting money back in the company thing and even overhead but guys like reljic who are decent fighters who have been with the promotion for a while should be getting more than 5k, half the guys who post here get more than that back on their tax return.

  9. Rampage

    July 7, 2010 at 2:09 am

    What do you think he should have made for his first title shot?

  10. STEVEO

    July 7, 2010 at 3:51 am

    to be honest i dont know but i would say it would be fair to put him at about 100K. since your company just made how many millions of dollars off the hype of the fight alone. What would he have made if he won? Im not saying 40k isnt fair for one nights work, it 80% of what I make in a year, but im not getting in the ring with brock lesnar either. sometimes the numbers just dont add up but that 40k isnt figuring in what he made from endorsements and who knows maybe he got a cut of the gate for main event, surely brock did.

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