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Kimbo Slice Made $35,714 Per Second

Now we know why Kimbo Slice didn’t seem too bothered by his fourteen-second loss at Elite XC: Heat. Turns out he made half a million dollars for his brief night of work. That works out to $35,714.29 per second of cage time for Kimbo, which is an even better per second salary than Tim Sylvia received for his thirty-six-second loss to Fedor Emelianenko ($22,222.22, in case you’re curious).

It’s an especially impressive take when you consider that the live gate from Elite XC’s Ft. Lauderdale show was only $826,000. The only other fighter on the night to match Kimbo’s total was Andrei Arlovski, who was also paid $500,000 for his victory over Roy Nelson, though Affliction picked up the tab for both of them.

The full disclosed payout from Elite XC: Heat looks like this:

Kimbo Slice: $500,000
Seth Petruzelli: $50,000 (including a $15,000 win bonus)
Jake Shields: $50,000 (including $10,000 win bonus)
Paul Daley: $12,000
Andrei Arlvoski: $500,000
Roy Nelson: $80,000
Gina Carano: $25,000 (including $10,000 win bonus)
Kelly Kobald: $6,000
Benji Radach: $30,000 (including $15,000 win bonus)
“Ninja” Rua: $35,000

“Cyborg” Santos: $8,000 (including $4,000 win bonus)
Yoko Takahashi: $2,000
Connor Heun: $5,000 (including $2,500 win bonus)
Edson Berto: $5,000
Mikey Gomez: $4,000 (including $2,000 win bonus)
Lorenzo Borgomeo: $1,500
Nicolae Curry: $1,500 (including $750 win bonus)
Jorge Bocheat: $1,000

Total: $1,316,000

Overpaid: I assume that I don’t even have to say it. Right? I mean, it’s just too obvious. Fine, I’ll say it anyway. Fucking Kimbo. There, you happy?

Underpaid: I would point to Petruzelli’s meager fifty grand here, except he’s telling people that he made “in the six-figure range” on the night, making you wonder what kind of off-the-books funny business might be going on. Instead, I’ll give this one to Gina Carano (assuming her payout is more accurate). Can it be that she made less than Benji Radach and “Ninja” Rua (who made more than the guy he lost to)? No, it simply can’t be. The world can’t work like that. I refuse to believe it.

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KTFO- October 7, 2008 at 9:50 am
So was Carano's opponent high or does she have a touch of the downs?
f00k- October 6, 2008 at 5:00 pm
Well he topped Tim Sylvia. I think his was 32 seconds or something which would be $23,529 a second from getting raped by Fedor.
Summoner10- October 6, 2008 at 3:30 pm
Why the hell is Roy Nelson making 80,000... he has literally done nothing.
Me- October 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm
The thing is cr_, I tend to agree with what you are saying, but you come off as an arrogant asshat who seems to live life hating on others. You and I have gone back and forth on Kimbo, and though you have accused me of basically being a Kimbo nuthugger, I have never once defended his skills or his persona. I just have no problem with people taking advantage of opportunities that are provided them.

As far as EXC's business decisions go, they will pay their price soon. We all know that as an organization they are failing. However, I don't think the problem with them is the demographic they are pursuing, but rather how they are trying to get them. There is a far greater population of meatheads who look for the "KO" than there are those who actually appreciate the art. TUF is a prime example. Every season is filled with idiots who have taken up "MMA" because they like to "put the stamp on kids" and so forth. (Side note: I do like Leben, sometimes.) There are usually 2 or 3 guys on the show who actually have the humility and focus of a true martial artist.

No MMA organization can be successful just off those who actually understand the sport as an art and all it's complexities. Boxing in it's prime was not watched by only people who had thorough knowledge of "the sweet science". In every niche sport there will always be the hardcore fan, and the casual fan. The money is made on the casuals. Just look up your favorite, most technical fight on youtube, then compare those views with any of Kimbo's fights and you'll see why he is who he is.

In conclusion, without guys like Kimbo or Lesnar (to a lesser degree) headlining fights, we may miss gems like Arlovski, Radach, or Shields etc. It would be nice to see guys like GSP and A. Silva at the top of every card, but artists like them are so few and far between, that it's just an impossibility.
Stephen- October 6, 2008 at 12:31 pm
They better start paying Gina more if they want to make sure they keep her. Because if another company were to start doing female fighters i'm sure they would be willing to pay her a hell of a lot more that $25,000.

Btw....She's so hot.
John Phenomenon- October 6, 2008 at 12:05 pm
good to see seth got paid well for his efforts. thats awesome. war silverback!!!
jim smith- October 6, 2008 at 11:15 am
If Kimbo can get a deal for that kind of money, God bless him. If any fighter can get paid, why not? Usually it's tjhe organization that dictates the deal. If Shaw thought Kimbo was overpaid, next time make a better contract. Kimbo's not retarded, he knows that he's their only big name and he only has only so many fight in him (especially since he has no ground game). Get the money now. I don't think he can fall back on his college degree.

As for Gina, unfortunately she got shortchanged, but where can you go for female MMA? the UFC won't ever have female fighters according to Dana white, so she's stuck
cr_trinity- October 6, 2008 at 6:57 am
This is the appeal of Slice: a rag to riches nothing becomes something type deal. People are so stupid they support this sort of garbage going on in their degraded society in the vague ass hope an opportunity like the one Ferguson got comes their way. It's disgusting; even when the hype is proven to be false, people stil support this piece of shit getting paid half a mil for looking like a total chump bitch.

This is why MMA will fail; promotions like EliteXC are not going after fans who can appreciate good pugilistic skills, good grappling and submission skills, etc. Most of their fan base can't even spell pugilism, let alone know what it means. Elite XC wants a younger, dumber, preferably pre pubescent fan base who will try to live out their meagre lives through the personalities they provide to them, like Slice. They also want a fan whose knowledge of fight terminology and so forth is limited to "KO", or "you tapped out".

You with brains out there, I'm sure you get the gist of what I am saying.
Anonymous- October 6, 2008 at 3:43 am
I don't understand the appeal of slice. He SUCKS ASS. just because he has a few videos on youtube of him kicking some nobodies ass doesnt mean hes a fighter. He's just trash.
Anonymous- October 6, 2008 at 2:36 am
every1 here is retarded
Chocolate Axe Guy- October 6, 2008 at 2:07 am
Hey! That chick bit my ass!
miththeanimal- October 6, 2008 at 2:05 am
but gina chould get about 253 million
People- October 6, 2008 at 1:38 am
Hey, we don't mind really, it's okay
Anonymous- October 6, 2008 at 1:34 am
lets stay on the subject here ppl!! oh and fuck anybody that has a problem w/ me typin ppl for people... i see nobody had shit to say about what i had to say about the story.. about the story damn-it, u ppl kno what the fuck i mean, cuz u didnt say shit about the subject.. fucin haters
shitwhistle- October 6, 2008 at 1:17 am
FilmDrunk - well said about "ppl" guy up there. However, if you're trying to drive "ppl" to your website, please make it more painfully obvious...
FilmDrunk- October 6, 2008 at 1:13 am
What happened to Seth Petruzelli saying he got paid "six figures" in that godawful radio interview?

Also, @ Anonymous: Anyone who abbreviates "people" as "ppl" deserves to be ignored. Three keystrokes is a small price to pay for not looking like an illiterate moron.
shitwhistle- October 6, 2008 at 1:09 am
Plus, Kimbo's the new benchmark... you beat Kimbo? Now you get to wrestle Seth. And you know you'd like that, wouldn't you Goldstein...
Cock-Smoke McDouche- October 6, 2008 at 1:05 am
@ Mr. Anonymous -

I'm not sure anyone was saying fighters shouldn't get paid. It just seems odd that people like Gina Carano made a fraction of what Kimbo Slice made, yet just as many people tuned in to see her as they did Kimbo.

Also, it takes a lot of patience to read through your wall of text. Try adding some punctuation and hit the [Enter] key a couple times.
shitwhistle- October 6, 2008 at 1:03 am
Gina should get twenty million dollars. Ten for each cankle. I kid, I'd totally bang

Seriously, why no love for Kimbo? Can you blame him? He fought eight times on the internet and the suits (or some young hipster douchebags in Snorg shirts) came and threw money at him.... blame them.... they're the ones trying to trick you. Kimbo won the friggin lottery and ya'll be hatin'
Anonymous- October 6, 2008 at 12:52 am
OMG u cagepotato writers r soo dumb whats so wrong w/ fighters making money?! At least their getting paid, if they were fighting for UFC they'd be broke most of the time the ufc whole payout doesn't add up to a mil unless chuck is on the card hes the "star" its okay for him to get KO'd and get 1/2 a mil but its not okay for kimbo... i really dont see whats wrong w/ kimbo gettin paid thats who everybody was wanting to see fight, he's the "star" of elite... and as for affliction they dont pimp their fighters like the ufc, so how are they lending them out they can go anywhere and fight, they dont own them they dont tie them to a contract and tell them ur getting this and thats it and we're gonna use ur likeness and u wont get shit.. tellin ppl they gonna get a 6 figure contract, that bs contract is over three years of ufc owning ur ass and if u say sumthin about the money u get cut or benched, talked about like a dog by the president, put on a prelim (andrei) til ur bs contract runs out.. its crazy how they (ufc)have one of the best mma fighters (anderson) and hes not makin shit compaired to kimbo, thats what u cagepotato writers should be writing about, no mma fighter is overpaid, if u ask me.. fucin haters
Me- October 6, 2008 at 12:36 am
Carano is probably getting some serious money from sponsors, so don't worry boys, your lady is being well pampered.
ruckus- October 5, 2008 at 11:54 pm
this is all so ludicrous i dont even know what to say.

kimbo should probably refuse to fight any more legit fighters... put a few more six figure easy win pay days in his pocket... and retire with a nice record so he can prostitute himself out on some clothing, or a video game, or some shit.

anything to get him out of the mma sphere asap.
MMA FAN- October 5, 2008 at 11:50 pm
my god how can carano be paid THAT? she could pose for some shots for a magazine and get more money modeling than fighting...
Dex- October 5, 2008 at 11:44 pm
So EXC cleared 90,000 bucks after they paid their fighters. I'm assuming that took care of most of the salaries of people putting on the production. I'm guessing they get some sorta cash from the vendors etc selling drinks and such at the even. I'd be surprised if they made any cash on this event, luckily for them it dosen't look like they are TOO far in the hole for this event.

They need to restructure Kimbo's contract. Seriously, where's he gonna go?
Anonymous- October 5, 2008 at 11:25 pm
gina got screwed, i didn't realize that kimbo was so ridiculously overpaid. they should've had a 'unless knocked out by a gay guy with a sissy punch clause"