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Diaz Tops Ultimate Fight Night Payouts

(Why you so mad, Nate? By Stockton standards, you rich!)

Official salaries for last week’s Ultimate Fight Night 15 were released today by the Nebraska State Athletic Commission, and not surprisingly it was Nate Diaz who made off with the most cheddar (that’s what the kids call money these days, right?). Here’s the full breakdown. Each winning fighter’s salary represents a doubling of his base pay:

Nate Diaz: $40,000
Josh Neer: $9,000
Clay Guida: $26,000
Mac Danzig: $15,000
Alan Belcher: $26,000
Ed Herman: $16,000
Eric Schafer: $12,000
Houston Alexander: $13,000
Alessio Sakara: $34,000
Joe Vedepo: $3,000
Wilson Gouveia: $36,000
Ryan Jensen: $4,000
Joe Lauzon: $20,000
Kyle Bradley: $4,000
Jason Brilz: $6,000
Brad Morris: $4,000
Mike Massenzio: $6,000
Drew McFedries: $16,000
Dan Miller: $10,000
Rob Kimmons: $5,000

Some quick thoughts…

Bonuses: as previously reported, Diaz and Neer also pocketed an extra $30,000 each for “Fight of the Night,” as did Alessio Sakara for “KO of the Night” and Wilson Gouveia for “Submission of the Night.”

Overpaid: Houston Alexander. Not that thirteen grand is all that much money, but it’s too much for someone who hasn’t bothered to learn the ground game. There are guys fighting for $500 all over America who at least know one or two basic escapes from the mount. Those guys also probably know the difference between legal and illegal knee strikes.

Underpaid: Joe Vedepo. Yes, he was a UFC newcomer and yes, he lost. But dude went to Omaha and got kicked in his head all for three grand? There has got to be an easier way to make a buck.

(Props: MMA Weekly)

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dola- September 23, 2008 at 3:49 pm
Total fighter payout including bonuses is at around $425,000. I think the $2 million figure gross is probably way underestimated, based on the fact that the numbers the UFC is doing for Spike among the most desirable demographic out there is HUGE. When you're beating other very established sports on other very established sports networks, you're doing pretty well.

I'm sure "still though, we wanna keep these guys hungry" is thrown around an awful lot amongst the management. Fighters being exploited is nothing new, but that's why we will all rue the demise of these competing leagues.
Ape- September 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm
I think the payscales are fair.

Novel idea but if fighters aren't happy then don't fight and go work at Burger King.

It's like this if you want to be an MMA fighter you will get paid little and depending on your performances and ppv view draw you'll get more.

It's like a whore, you start out and can't make much money but once word gets around and people know you then you'll start making more and more each time.
sean- September 22, 2008 at 11:31 am
sakara got knockout of the night and gouveia sub of the night. thats why they got a lot more
NINJA STICK- September 22, 2008 at 11:00 am
i do believe alot of these fighters are under paid, no-one should be paid less than 5k to fight on a UFC fight card.. how much money does a "fight night" event make? ticket sales and TV rights, would it be fair to say 2million plus?? To get less than 50k as a main event fighter i feel is unfair. i do think the UFC do take the piss out of a lot of their fighters but i'm not sure how thats ever going to change.
KTFO- September 22, 2008 at 2:20 am
To the comment above Jason Guida says: "I'm hungry!"
Mike- September 22, 2008 at 2:06 am
Clay Guida needs to be paid more! He's not a main event draw, but he definitely gets people watching! He is the most exciting non-finisher in the UFC.
Crazy Animal- September 22, 2008 at 1:40 am
I can't wait too see another diaz fight!
Shawn- September 22, 2008 at 12:45 am
Listen there's no reason to bitch about guys getting paid more than guys they lost too. That's the contract they signed beforehand and their management was OK with it. Old, worn out argument. Cut the shit.

I can't believe no one has pointed out the fact that Alessio Sakara got paid $34,000. The guy came into that fight with a 3-4 UFC record with the majority of those fights on undercards. Translation: no one is paying to see him. Sakara is a solid lower level gatekeeper but when you have guys like Clay Guida, Mac Danzig, Joe Lauzon, Josh Neer, Ed Herman, and Houston Alexander on the same card making less money, I just can't see how Sakara is on that pay level.
MMA FAN- September 22, 2008 at 12:20 am
HAHAHA, you are sooo right
sol- September 22, 2008 at 12:17 am
Bill C: - Keith Jardine beat Chuck Lidell and still made $486k less
Bill C.- September 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm
How did Alexander make MORE than Schafer??? SCHAFER SUBBED ALEXANDER!
Bill C.- September 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm
How did Alexander make LESS than Schafer??? SCHAFER SUBBED ALEXANDER!
TPark- September 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm
Man i feel sorry for Vedepo... I mean if this chart was a doubling of base pay that means he usually just gets 1500.... what kind of fcking contract is that?! I hope thats like a 2 fight contract or something just as a newcomer as some sort of test to see if he's worth it or not... Or at least take 5k out of Houston's pay check...
sol- September 21, 2008 at 10:53 pm
are the total pays including their bonuses?
Krazy Kracker- September 21, 2008 at 10:39 pm
So Josh Neer, main event participant, made a lower base salary than thirteen of the other twenty guys on the card? Do these guys just fail at economics, have no agents, or does Dana just sign them to 20 fight contracts when the sport was being fought in basements and that seemed like a lot of money?
lickmyfart- September 21, 2008 at 10:32 pm
first comment! nate "deez nutz" diaz deserves it. houston alexander should be given his walking papers soon right? learn some jiu jitsu giant melon head!