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Chris Lytle, Donald Cerrone Lead ‘UFC on Versus 5′ Salary List


(“Sorry, God. I didn’t ask to be this awesome.” Props: UFC.com)

The UFC paid out $838,000 in disclosed payouts and bonuses to the fighters at Sunday’s UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle event, according to figures released by Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services. Chris “The Bonus Snatcher” Lytle and Donald Cerrone were the only competitors who broke the six-figure mark, with Dan Hardy‘s haul landing just short.

The numbers are below; keep in mind that they don’t include additional income from sponsorships and undisclosed “locker room” bonuses, or deductions for taxes, insurance, and licensing fees.

Chris Lytle: $200,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Dan Hardy: $90,000 (includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Ben Henderson: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Jim Miller: $35,000

Donald Cerrone: $109,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Charles Oliveira: $12,000

Duane Ludwig: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Amir Sadollah: $20,000

Jared Hamman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. CB Dollaway: $20,000

Joseph Benavidez: $43,000 (includes $21,500 win bonus)
def. Eddie Wineland: $10,000

Ed Herman: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Noke: $8,000

Ronny Markes: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Karlos Vemola: $10,000

Jimy Hettes: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Caceres: $8,000

Cole Miller: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. TJ O’Brien: $6,000

Jacob Volkmann: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $17,000

Edwin Figueroa: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Jason Reinhardt: $6,000

Underpaid: Based on level of difficulty, Ed Herman probably should have won the $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus for his first-round heel-hook submission of Kyle Noke. Instead, Dan Hardy dives directly into a guillotine choke, and Chris Lytle walks off with another bonus. Times have been tough for Short Fuse due to his long injury layoff last year, and I’m sure the extra cash would have been nice.

Overpaid: Lets just say that Jason Reinhardt is leaving the UFC with six grand that he didn’t earn. Good riddance, Steve Carell-on-meth.

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XENOPHON- August 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm
@Pen Fifteen
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Hey Fifty-Cent... splurge and buy a bigger monitor, you cheap fuck.
XENOPHON- August 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm
@jimbonics
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I don't know what Bendo got paid in the WEC, but for what the UFC is paying him, he could make more working the register at Walmart. That was my point the obvious few missed, right.
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$34k a year is not much when the IRS and State strips away about 33%. Being a valid champion, only to have his hands tied behind his back and told he can take home to live on $22k a year is pathetic.
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I am unsure which is more pathetic, the UFC, or the guy that is fine with working for less than $4 grand ever other month...the flip side is the 4 promoters (Lorenzo,s White, and the Sheik) are pocketing about $50 million per fight and only having to dish out about $1 million of that to fighters.
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Since the dopes here fail to understand the benefit of unionizing, or think the idea of a fighters union chaffs on their political bias, I have a new idea to conisder.
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I'd be interested in forming a non-profit fighters syndicate. I'd even throw some of my own money in to stand it up. This would completely eviscerate the lop-sided greed.
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The biggest driver all promotions share is that they are for profit. Why not remove it. Spread the wealth based in a fighters transparent record, period. Some my say that a non-profit could never work, but that's bullshit. A non-profit has every tax advantage, and can pay "market fair" salaries.
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Any non-profit could easily go direct to the broadcasters to secure bouts, especially when its unification time. Look at it this way. Fox just spent about $90 million each year for 8-9 years worth of entertainment. That's $10 million per event. They are willing to deposit 1/5th the take on each event upfront.
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First the UFC rakes in $50 million per event 10 times a year. That's a $500 million per year sweep, with lots of room to expand into other markets. What they don't dodge is the 40% in taxes they are on the hook for a the end of the year. If you look at the massive debts the UFC has, it's only hard asset is the fighters locked into contracts.
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As a follow-on:
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How much would one need to pay for about 10 weight classes. How many men should fill each class? 30 fighters in each class would (historically) be the best, but you could allow 300, or even 3000.
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There is a lot of room to play with when in 2010 the UFC only has about 242 fighters. Between them they paid a total of $25,240,20, with an average of $104,298 per fighter.
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only 75 fighters made over $100,000
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2 figthers made over $800k
-1 Michael Bisping $885,000
-2 Brock Lesnar $875,000
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2 fighters made over $700k
-3 Rashad Evans $785,000
-4 Rampage Jackson $750,000
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1 fighter made over $600k
-5 B.J. Penn $680,000
5 fighters made over $500k
-6 Matt Hughes $560,000
-7 Anderson Silva $520,000
-8 Chuck Liddell $500,000
-8 James Toney $500,000
-8 Randy Couture $500,000
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Oh yeah, and so we don't forget Ben Henderson made $17,000 per fight this year. Compared to all the men listed above, he is know doubt as good if not better, or more well rounded for his weight with the exception of Penn and Silva.
jimbonics- August 18, 2011 at 7:29 am
Bendo underpaid? Sure. However, it's still like twice as much as what he got with the WEC isn't it?
Pen Fifteen- August 18, 2011 at 7:10 am
I wanted to screen capture Xeno's rant, but it's so long it won't even fit on the height of my screen as currently sized. This is fucking classic. Yes, the guy who claims to be an A-list litigator is now telling people he'll beat them up over the internet. A-list sociopath is more like it.
Me likey- August 18, 2011 at 6:17 am
aaauuuurgghhhhh! urhhhhhh! people i don't know or will ever meet are writing things about my username i don't like. i will fucking kill you!! i swear it!!!
El Guapo- August 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm
(Whew! What... the fuck... was that? That dude can't be for real. Is he? Naaaaaaa. No way. Those stories just don't sound real. Could be, I suppose. But nobody can be that much of a dick! Right? I wonder. Kind of reminds me of Uncle Dave. Craaaaazy Uncle Dave. But with better vocabulary. Uncle Dave isn't a dick, though. He's just OUT there. How is Uncle Dave, anyway? Crazy fuck, haven't seen him in a while. Think he was in the Marines back in the day, made him nuts. Or was it the Army? ORRRR was he always nuts? Now he's just delusional. Now that guy has some stories. Feel bad for him. Wait, am I talking out lou.... Fuck!)
El Guapo- August 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm
Uh huh. Okay. I see. Hmmmmmmm. I'm not interested, but thanks. Sorry. I gotta go. Uh huh. Okay. Bye bye now. Next time. I'll call you. Don't call me. Uh huh. Okay. Cool, cool. Alright then. Alright. Late.
XENOPHON- August 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm
@Pen Fifteen
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At least you can be blunt and direct....if I wanted to bring attention to myself I would use my real name, as would you.
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Fact is few here do, so no matter what's said, or what people think it doesn't fucken matter. Talk is cheap, right? Isn't that what most here do, talk shit about other people they never have see face-to-face.
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What you may see as my self aggrandizing, is what I've done. I have no shame in calling it as I see it, and surely not afraid of what fuck others think or are going to say.
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If you don't like it, instead of calling my mommie names, call me out you fucking pussy? I read all those Cup Cheick posts talking shit about Kongo.
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I'd sure like to be there one day and see you talk shit to his face. You ever even met him, or are you one of those fucks that knows him through your television set?
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We can always meet in that shit-hole Vegas. Just like the fucker who lives near me and who is now in hiding, I'll send you and your cheer squad Cup Cake pre-paid bus tickets the next time your boy Dana has a show at real casino. Like I said before, don't be scared homie. Matter of fact, that ought to be the new theme around here.
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Tell you what, I'll even pay for the taxi ride to Randy's gym for the two of you and Cup Cake (you two can ride together)....that way you can get some real fighters autographs on your little trendy ball cap and T-shirts. You'll look so cool to your co-workers.
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And if you get asked by all your buddies who look up to you, and they ask where you got the black eye and the fat lip, you are more than free to tell em all you kicked my ass twice for talking shit about your mother.
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Cup Cheick- August 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm
You know who isn't underpaid. XENO's mother. A dollar and no more for that whore. Seriously STFU.
Pen Fifteen- August 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm
@XENO
You make a post that is one giant digression, and that makes no points whatsover, which is not to mention full of the usual self-aggrandizing anecdotes, and you expect someone to 'be blunt and direct' in disagreeing with you? Seriously, none of your posts are meant to do anything but draw attention to yourself, which, to most of us, makes you a fucking loser. It's not super complicated.
XENOPHON- August 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm
@RwilsonR
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I'm already on the hunt for the ‘Proving Ground’ Finalist of the Day: Jacob Austin's dog.
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I'm about ready to stalk your ass down and put you along with Jacobs cute little doggie in my basement. Right down in that hole next to your boy 2DaDeath. He's all alone in the dark right now, putting the lotion on and scrubbing the yellow from his skin.
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If you got something to point out, or disagree with my views then be blunt and be direct - state it openly. Otherwise pipe down. Nobody is forcing you to read every post on this forum.
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Do you think you alone own it, or control the content, or what others post. I'll share with you something. I went into the military, specifically to have a license to kill Communists.
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Your really are starting to remind of the same.
#1CaseyAnthonyFan- August 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm
Going along with pretty much everyone: Ben Henderson needs a new agent. Like, by yesterday. May I suggest hiring whoever respresentd Jason Reinhardt? For him to even get ONE shot in the UFC, yet alone another is mind blowing
RwilsonR- August 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm
^ ^ ^ Here we go again..........
XENOPHON- August 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm
That's a dam good point you men made about Henderson...
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Wasn't it once pointed out that the UFC routinely degrades all other competitive champions and shits on them, so as to make their reigning UFC champ look better than they really actually are?
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On the other hand Hendo is so into God, Gods work, his team mates, and the fight game itself - that money rates less and means nothing to him. Someone tell that stupid fuck to get a top dollar L.A. based entertainment attorney to renegotiate his contract.
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Maybe next time Rogan ponies up the microphone one of Bendos gleeful groupies from the corner should hand him yellow sticky and remind him that, instead of asking to get his team-members a fight, he would be wiser to ask the crowd what they think of Dana's $17k a fight.
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As a legitimate Champion, it's an utter embarrassment that twice a year he earns $17K and might be given some arbitrary bonus. $34 thousand dollars year. If you think that's picking on the fucks at the UFC, then consider this.
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One of my old ladies "super bright" uncles earns triple that. Plus, he gets a car with unlimited petroleum, meals, full medical, a full retirement (plus matching 401K), 30 days a year paid vacations, and phone reimbursements. He is a high school educated dog catcher.
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Fair is a funny thing. Bendo has stood in the ring multiple times as a champion for a Zuffa owned company. I guess when you look like and speak like a savage during an interview, the UFC does value others culture. Maybe Henderson should come out of the ethnic closet, have his nose pierced, and stick a bone through it.
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Anywhere else, all he had to say was "I'm going to Disneyland" and he could have pocketed a cool $1 million. Just wait until the Fox Network forces the UFC to clean up their potty mouths before they are allowed to be broad dcast onto prime time. And poor Rogan his days are up.
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Larry Merchant was allowed his stash of scotch, but no one is going to allow Joe Rogan to keep his bong just outside the camera. The one exception is when in California, he can sport the medical marijuana thing in his defense.
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What nationality is Bendo? I heard that fucker speaking "bush talk" during his interview and I was unable to pinpoint the dialect, any ideas?
DangadaDang- August 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm
No wonder Lytle goes for so many bonuses. Four kids at his payrate cant be easy.
FightZen- August 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm
What would be the point of winning TUF? Both Amir and CB make the same show money?

Bendo is underpaid. Hope he can get a new contract soon!
KidDinomite- August 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm
I say Joseph Benavidez deserves more money too but he's getting paid just OK now. Dude is a beast and I think the uncrowned champion at 125. Plus he made Wineland, who's no can, look bad.
Pen Fifteen- August 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Now it occurs to me why Dan Hardy got a title shot versus anyone else; $25k to show is pretty damn cheap for a former #1 contender, not to mention one that can put asses in seats based simply on his nationality.
omunto- August 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Holy Shit I never really paid attention to Reinhardt till I read this article. The dude is 20-3 overall. 0-3 in UFC and has only beat 3 guys with winning records. After Joe Lauzon sent him packing he only had to beat a guy who was 0-5 and another guy who was 2-11 to get invited back to the UFC... That's crazy.

I don't see THAT big of record padding very often in MMA, seems to be more of a boxing technique. I wonder how this guy got invited back in the first place and commanded that kind of cash.
C-Dong- August 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm
Well its cool Henderson would have gave 10 percent of it to his church anyways...
J-Dog- August 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm
^^ Agreed. That was the first one that jumped out at me as being underpaid.
Peppered 2 Death- August 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Id say Henderson is due for a raise considering he made less then the guy he beat and a guy he has beaten twice (cerrone)
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