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
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.