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Affliction Payouts Are as Ludicrous as You Expect, in More Than One Way

(Props: Keegan on the UG)

Affliction paid out a little over $3.3 million in disclosed fighter salaries for “Day of Reckoning,” pretty much guaranteeing that they’ll take a financial loss on this event, as we all expected.  Naturally, the payouts include several head-scratchers and jaw-droppers, including $1.5 million to Andrei Arlovski for his 3:14 KO loss to Fedor Emelianenko last night.  At least when you compare it with Tim Sylvia’s $800,000 loss in 0:36, it’s proportional.  Now someone explain to Mark Hunt where his $4 million is.

Here’s how the disclosed salaries broke down:

Fedor Emelianenko $300,000 (no win bonus)
Andre Arlovski $1,500,000 (win bonus would have been $250,000)
Josh Barnett $500,000 (no win bonus)
Gilbert Yvel $30,000 (win bonus would have been $9,300)
Vitor Belfort $200,000 (includes $80,000 win bonus)
Matt Lindland $225,000 (win bonus would have been $75,000)
Renato "Babalu" Sobral $90,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Thierry Sokoudjou $50,000 (win bonus would have been $50,000)
Paul Buentello $90,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Kiril Sidelnikov $10,000 (win bonus would have been $25,000)
Dan Lauzon $12,000 (no win bonus)
Bobby Green $4,000 (win bonus would have been $4,000)
Jay Hieron $45,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Jason High $10,000 (win bonus would have been $5,000)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira $150,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Vladimir Matyushenko $50,000 (win bonus would have been $30,000)
L.C. Davis $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Bao Quach $7,000 (win bonus would have been $6,000)
Albert Rios $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus)
Antonio Duarte $3,000 (win bonus would have been $2,000)
Brett Cooper $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Patrick Speight $2,000 (win bonus would have been $3,000)


Before we get to under and overpaid:

- Okay, we said it last time but it bears repeating.  There’s just no way Fedor only made $300,000 (the exact figure Matt Lindland would have made if he had beaten Vitor Belfort) to fight in an organization that seems to be built almost exclusively around him.  He must be getting money from M-1 in the form of guns or hookers or envelopes full of cash that magically appear on the nightstand in his hotel room.  A just universe simply wouldn’t allow Fedor to make one-fifth of what Arlovski got for letting his hubris talk him into trying a flying knee in the first round, right?  Right?!  Must every last goddamn thing about him be shrouded in secrecy?

- On the subject of Arlovski’s flying knee, I have to imagine that when he came to and asked what happened and his corner explained it to him, he responded, “This is crazy talk.  Why would Andrei try flying knee against Fedor?  Andrei was winning fight with distance and hand speed!”  Then they directed his attention to the replay on the big screen and he became very sad.

Now that that’s out of the way…

Overpaid:  Paul Buentello.  He made $90,000 with a win bonus of twenty grand.  That means Affliction guaranteed him $70,000 to fight the 4-2 “Baby Fedor,” which is insane enough even before you remind yourself that not a single living soul paid to watch Paul Buentello fight last night.  You’re telling me that if they’d offered him twenty and twenty he would have turned it down?  Because I don’t believe you for a second, you lying son of a bitch.

Underpaid: Gilbert Yvel, and it pains me to say that.  Affliction spent so much time trying to convince us he was a credible opponent for Barnett, then went ahead and paid him in guaranteed money what they were offering “Babalu” Sobral as a win bonus.  Meanwhile, Barnett gets a cool half a mil for (in the words of Assemblyman Bob Reilly) sitting on top of him and punching him in the face and head repeatedly.  Making $30,000 for fighting on the pay-per-view portion of an Affliction card is the UFC equivalent of three grand to show and three to win.  In other words, it lets you know that they don’t give a damn about you.

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Anonymous- February 11, 2009 at 1:15 pm
stfu u idiot, fedor is the best and will be the best until someone stops him. He has dominated everyone he has fought and seems to be growing with his power.
Majk- January 31, 2009 at 12:44 am
Wtf is up with Arlovski getting 1.5m and fedor 300k? :O
misstype? fedor got 3m or he really only got 300k? if thats the case wtf is there problem, handing some random guy 1.5m and the worlds best heavy weight gets pocket change?
Shotgun- January 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm
Andrea is such an over-rated heavy weight. I have no clue why sherdog has him ranked as the second best at his weight; and they def need to start paying Fedor more, He brings the crowd, not fuckin Josh Barnett, I could care less if that guy retired.
Renton- January 26, 2009 at 11:05 am
I agree with you man, it is impossible that fedor just get that little money, I am sure under the table probably he got much more than AA.
Argen09- January 26, 2009 at 10:21 am
wait a minute... with how much they paid their fighters... Does that mean their shirts are going to be $145 and their jeans $850 to make up their loss?
Imbecile- January 26, 2009 at 9:01 am
Look, Dana White said that Fedor's management wanted over $2 million per fight during their negotiations. Now, I know nobody believes Dana White, even when he is being straight about things. But then Mark Cuban said the same number, $2 million per fight, back when he was negotiating with Fedor and Couture.

If you still think Fedor actually made $300K, then also take the word of Monte Cox, who said, when his relationship dissolved with M-1 Global and Fedor's management, that he simply cuoldn't find a way to make it profitable since Fedor's management wanted $2 million for the first fight, and a progressive scale for more than that on following fights.

So, while Dana White's word might not hold much water around here, it is hard to refute when three separate sources (that don't much care for one another) all say the demands were the same. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if in "Affliction Land," that $2 million is somehow turned into $3 mil or $4 mil based on their over-pay structure. So we are realistically talking about a total payout of $5 mil or $6 mil. That is a lot in losses.

I like Affliction, but I don't see how they can keep up this business model. I've also heard that the reason attendance was so high is the massive number of comp'ed tickets. And I think Affliction only has one more really compelling fight they can put on with Fedor vs. Barnett (even if Barnett was pretty boring in this past event). After that...... what comes next that will bring in revenue?
Hate'n on Hoger- January 26, 2009 at 8:59 am
What? Sam Hoger?? Are you smoking some of your own "contraband"? Hoger couldn't stand in the same ring with any ElieteXC castoffs. You're out of your mind.
Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 8:53 am
Affliction definitely lost money. It wasn't even on PPV in my area, and I live right outside Washington DC. There were only two bars in the greater DC area that were carrying the fight according to affliction's website. And you know anything associated with Donald Trump is going to fail. It's a three ring circus between Tito, Donald Trump and their cost / profit ratio. I don't know how anyone can take the seriously as a respected fight organization.

And its sad to see that Dana White is Pulling a Don King on all his fighters. I think it's time to put a real business man in as President of the UFC. That organization has finally grown to the point where you don't need that behavior from the head of the company. Pay your fighters what they are worth before you lose them and your loyal fan base. It's only a matter of time where another organization will break into the USA market and destroy the UFC. I give it 5 years.
Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 6:41 am
Sam Hogar? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...... oh god thanks for making me laugh like that seriously.... I needed that this morning. I really hope you're joking...
Shakane- January 26, 2009 at 12:51 am
Andrei was tapping fedor on the head...not doing a damn thing. After knocking him out, Fedor could have ran ten miles, drank a few beers, pounded on some hookers, slapped Tito in the face, and then knocked Andrei out again. Major props going out to Bobby my opinion the most entertaining fighter of the to love the HOOD style. And don't tell me he didn't know what the hell he was doing, evaded many submissions and almost made a fool of Lauzon. If Lauzon is ever even on the UNDERFIGHT card of a fight, i will not order it.
Dex- January 26, 2009 at 12:23 am
Too bad these paychecks won't last for the fighters. Back to the PFC and Strikeforce making 5/5 guys. Sorry.
Mikeyb- January 26, 2009 at 12:12 am
Fedor does get back end money. He got paid 300k for the first affliction and then got 1.5 mil in the back end. Im sure the same will occur again. I was at the fight, about 10 rows back , in the middle with outstanding view of the fight. I was on Fedor's side of the ring and Royce Gracie was a few feet away from me. I also bought the pay per view so i saw it in person and on tv. The bottom line was arlovski was beating fedor. Fedor look out of his element and had worry on his face. Even during his walkout to the ring, fedor did not look like he normally does. Arlovski's punches were too fast for Fedor to handle. The knockout punch was a lucky shot. You can call him lucky 29 times, but thats not true. This time it was luck, the shot was not planned he just threw it and if Arlovski had not thrown the flying knee the punch would have missed just like the earlier over hand right from fedor missed. I think Fedor would even admit to that if he would ever truely answer a question. I was also at the first affliction and if you watch the two fedor's there is a big difference in the punches as well as the overall fight attitude. Fedor was so worried about this fight, he cancelled all of his press here in so cal to continue to train for arlovski. He view arlovski as a true threat.
HulkSmash- January 25, 2009 at 11:38 pm
Lucky Punch, are you for real, I hope your joking
HulkSmash- January 25, 2009 at 11:37 pm
How the fuck does Arlovski make a million five. Fedor needs a new fucking agent. No win bonus vs $250,000 for arlovski. If I were Fedor I would knock the fuck out of my agent and talk to Arlovski's. Fedor, please get some new fucking representation, you deserve so much more
Crunk- January 25, 2009 at 10:59 pm
Arlovski is going to have nice rug burn on his forehead courtesy of the mat. That's the only reason why he didn't get up. He knew it was nasty.
Chad- January 25, 2009 at 9:36 pm
Heh. Another Bet with Fedor...Another win, I still don't know who in their right mind would be against him.

As for the fight yeah, he was losing on points, but it was the first few minutes of the first round. Not once did I see him confused or flustered. The same Fedor came out, Ice water through his veins. This guy is absolutely the best fighter ever and I would bet on him against anyone.
dude- January 25, 2009 at 8:56 pm
Affliction did a better job this time around but they need to get rid of some commentators/interviewers and hire a financial advisor. These salaries are ridiculous! I'd like to see them put more good shows together.
Anonymous- January 25, 2009 at 7:57 pm
looks like Freddy Roach forgot to train 'lucky punch' defense


Thanks for the laughs dude.

Anonymous- January 25, 2009 at 7:51 pm
That whole statement is a joke, right?
poutine2dabone- January 25, 2009 at 7:29 pm
looks like Freddy Roach forgot to train 'lucky punch' defense
JRoC- January 25, 2009 at 7:20 pm
It looked like the punch stunned him and the icing on the cake was his face smashing into the mat... LOL!!
mayhem420- January 25, 2009 at 7:04 pm
Thing is I dont think that punch would have knocked Mark Hunt out.
Actually he wont even be throwing a flying knee but what ever.
Affliction is done.
Michael W.- January 25, 2009 at 6:37 pm
How is Tito not on the overpriced list? That fucker got no money for announcing, and he still deserves to be on this list. His announcing sucks more dick than Jenna.

No wonder he thinks he is a top 5 LHW, he thinks Vitor is 131 years old. Don't let him guess how many jelly beans are in the jar...Tito is obviously no mathematician
Anonymous- January 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm
I Guess the bonuses are out of control if you're paying them otherwise who gives a fuck!
And if you do give a fuck maybe you should jerk off a little more!
Anonymouths- January 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm
Arlovski got played. Dude's got no chin, but he's lucky that second punch didn't hit. It would have decapitated him.

Josh Barnett isn't near worthy. He should fight Sylvia or Arlovski first. He'll get killed by Fedor.