UFC 86 Fighter Payouts and Bonuses


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Official UFC 86 Fighter Payouts

Forrest Griffin: $250,000 ($150,000 to win)
Quinton Jackson: $225,000
Patrick Cote: $32,000 ($16,000 to win)
Ricardo Almeida: $23,000
Joe Stevenson: $60,000 ($30,000 to win)
Gleison Tibau: $11,000
Josh Koscheck: $70,000 ($35,000 to win)
Chris Lytle: $14,000
Tyson Griffin: $40,000 ($20,000 to win)
Marcus Aurelio: $40,000
Gabriel Gonzaga: $100,000 ($50,000 to win)
Justin McCully: $5,000
Cole Miller: $20,000 ($10,000 to win)
Jorge Gurgel: $ 10,000
Melvin Guillard: $20,000 ($10,000 to win)
Dennis Siver: $7,000
Justin Buchholz: $8,000 ($4000 to win)
Corey Hill: $8,000

Total Payout: $943,000

These numbers didn’t include the fight night bonuses,

UFC 86 Fight Bonuses

Forrest Griffin ($60,000 for “Fight of the Night”)
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson ($60,000 for “Fight of the Night”)
Cole Miller ($60,000 for “Submission of the Night”)
Melvin Guillard ($60,000 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. richaaron

    July 7, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Wow! Justin McCully only got $5,000. That sucks!

  2. kom34

    July 7, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    you're right that blows for him. but other than that i think everyone got paid pretty well.

  3. Chris

    July 7, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I have friends that sit the bench playing pro baseball & Football that make more than these guys will ever make in a year or even in their career. The worst part is, MMA fighters can't take a break from training like other pro athletes who have seasons. UFC needs to start paying real money to their fighters who bring in Millions for a single event.


    July 7, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I agree, these guys shouldnt be getting in the ring for less than 20-25K worst case scneario. Like it or not any of these guys is one shot away from being a vegetable for the rest of there life, and it will happen one day, its bad when guys in the ABA and other minor league bball promotions make more money than pro fighters.

  5. tom

    July 8, 2008 at 12:22 am

    i love how boxers make Millions

  6. Rufus

    July 8, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Couldn't agree more with Chris. The UFC will continue to lose top talent (and top draw) fighters with these pathetic pay-outs.

    Think about it, with one event, the UFC could put every other competative league out of business. They have the money to quadruple fighter pay. If they did that, just one time, Arlovsky, Fedor, Babalu, Lindland, Barnett, Kimbo, and Couture would all come running to the Octagon.

    You're all being brainwashed into thinking that TUF fighters are the best in the business. Fact is, the UFC's talent is thin and you're just subject to a good branding job.

  7. YC

    July 12, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    couldn't say it any better Rufus! UFC has a big cut on its wrist and its loosing blood fast! they better find a way to patch it up soon!

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