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Chris Leben, Keith Jardine Lead ‘TUF 11 Finale’ Paydays


(Photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com)

The UFC paid out $506,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses for Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale event, with longtime Octagon veterans Chris Leben and Keith Jardine taking home the biggest checks. The complete payout list is below; keep in mind that the numbers don’t include additional income from sponsorships and undisclosed "locker room bonuses," or deductions for taxes, insurance, licensing fees, and antibiotics.

Court McGee: $41,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus, $25,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Kris McCray: $8,000

Matt Hamill: $77,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus, $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Keith Jardine: $80,000 (includes $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Chris Leben: $95,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus, $25,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Aaron Simpson: $13,000


Dennis Siver: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Spencer Fisher: $26,000

Rich Attonito: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jamie Yager: $8,000

John Gunderson: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Mark Holst: $6,000

Brad Tavares: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Seth Baczynski: $8,000

Kyle Noke: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Bryant: $8,000

Chris Camozzi: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. James Hammortree: $8,000

Travis Browne: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. James McSweeney: $8,000

Underpaid: It says a lot about the seductive power of the UFC brand that an exciting prospect like Travis Browne — with his perfect record and six wins in under a minute — would settle for $6,000/fight in the UFC, when Bellator would probably be happy to overpay him for their upcoming heavyweight tournament, which he would most likely run through. There’s no reason for the UFC to pay Hapa less than a TUF castmember, other than the simple fact that they can.

Overpaid: Nobody. I’m tempted to say Keith Jardine, since his to-show salary ($55,000) is the highest of the event, and $20,000 more than the next guy on the list (Leben). But we have a feeling he’ll need that $80,000 to last him for a while…

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Patrick- June 22, 2010 at 11:46 am
Jardine lost his last 4, but 2 of them were Fight of the Night.
I don't think he'll get shitcanned yet. Probably be on the undercard his next fight though.
Elentius- June 22, 2010 at 11:36 am
Bullshit! Jardine won that fight and the UFC is stupid if they get rid of someone like him. What's not to like about a guy who can beat named fighters, gets KOed, or gets robbed in decisions?! You never know what to expect and that is the kind of fighter I want to see.
DazedNConfused- June 22, 2010 at 11:01 am
looks like Chris Leban can finally finish his badass tattoos. Bro.
Patrick- June 22, 2010 at 9:33 am
^Nice.
k-onda- June 22, 2010 at 9:26 am
Nice pic, "BA Buddha, Sidharta's Revenge!!" Meditate on that, yeah...
As Good As Anyone- June 22, 2010 at 9:22 am
If anyone is underpaid, it's Aaron Simpson. Coming into the fight with 3 straight wins in the octagon and getting just a little bit over the ultimate fighter alums is terribad.
DangadaDang- June 22, 2010 at 9:01 am
I think the funniest thing about Jardines last 4 fights, excluding this loss to Hammil, is how EXACT his facial expressions were at the start and end of each fight.

Pre round 1- the same shit eating grin, as if he already has the guy's number and isn't coming off a knockout loss

End of fight- Eyes staring up at the ref, and a face asking "Why'd you stop the fight?" with his hands lifted as high as he can off the ground despite having been just knocked into the beyond section of bed, bath, and beyond
Patrick- June 22, 2010 at 8:58 am
Also, in the picture at the top of this post Chris Leben's face looks like the one tattoo'd on his right shoulder.
Patrick- June 22, 2010 at 8:55 am
Fun Fact part 2: Travis Browne fought a man named Matt "ANGERFIST" Anderson (1-3). Another fun fact, 1-3 is actually a pretty good record compared to most of the guys Browne has fought....
I don't feel like Travis Browne was underpaid. Sure, he's 10-0 but against who? Until McSweeny, Aaron Brink was the most experienced and decorated fighter he had ever faced.
Most of his 10 wins have come to guys with records like 0-1.

When will people learn their lessons about jumping on the bandwagon of unproven fighters. Not saying he isn't good, but definitely unproven. I certainly wouldn't be talking about him "running through" tournaments until he fights somebody who is a relevant contender.
agentsmith- June 22, 2010 at 8:24 am
Fun Fact: Travis Browne's last fight before coming to the UFC was a 35-second KO of Aaron Brink. Yes, that Aaron Brink who was featured on an episode of "Intervention" last year, and who is a porn star under the name "Dick Delaware". It was his first fight in almost 3 years. He's apparently still doing porn though.
Ballkick- June 22, 2010 at 8:05 am
Rich Attonito: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus).......should have doubled the win bonus just for showing Jamie Yager's true fighting skills.
I hope Dana and Zuffa are finished with this loudmouth.
fatbellyfrank- June 22, 2010 at 7:17 am
@ Justin and Soda pop, fucken LOL, guilty, tryin to hide it therefore blowin snot and beverage all over my keyboard LOL, but that was good, ..hey, hang on, Sodapop? its me, Ponyboy, I'm out of rehab, how's Johnny?
nooger- June 22, 2010 at 7:12 am
I think Justin was saying it louder to Matt Hamil because he's deaf. get it? wait... did I get that right?
KarmaAteMyCat- June 22, 2010 at 7:02 am
His fight with jones was fairly one sided. However most of his fights before have been rather entertaining. So I don't see as how thats funny? I suppose you'd rather watch the wrestler not evolve and do exactly what Evans and Georges do. While Georges has an excuse most others don't so yes I'd have to say He is consistently entertaining.
Soda Popinski- June 22, 2010 at 6:46 am
id be a liar if i said i didnt laugh at that justin.
Justin WHEB- June 22, 2010 at 6:17 am
Matt Hammil getting 26k to show seems a bit light. His fights are consistently entertaining. I SAID HIS FIGHTS ARE CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINING!
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