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Lashley Leads MMA Fighter Paychecks at ‘March Badness’


(Okay, so this photo of Bobby might be a little re-touched. Props: TheWrestlingFan.com.)

MMA Junkie has obtained the official payouts from Saturday’s "March Badness" MMA/boxing card in Pensacola, Florida, and it looks like Roy Jones Jr. did alright by his fighters, paying out living wages (for the most part) while still leaving open the possibility that he turned a profit. The numbers are below, if you’re interested…

MMA SALARIES

Jeff Monson: $25,000 (win bonus was $10,000)
def. Roy Nelson: $30,000

Bobby Lashley: $40,000 (win bonus was $10,000; he also received an undisclosed cut of the PPV revenue)
def. Jason Guida: $15,000

Din Thomas: $10,000 (no win bonus)
def. Gabe Lemley: $5,500

Dennis Hallman: $6,000 (win bonus was $3,000)
def. Danny Ruiz: $2,000

James Freeman: $600 (win bonus was $300)
def. John Mowry: $300

BOXING SALARIES


Roy Jones Jr.: Two-thirds of net profits of event; exact figure unknown
def. Omar Sheika: $50,000

B.J. Flores: $12,500 (no win bonus)
def. Jose Luis Herrera: $12,500

Eric Clinton: $800 (no win bonus)
def. Richmond Dalphone: $800

Kieyon Bussey: $1,200 (no win bonus)
def. Robert DaLuz: $1,800

Kelvin Price: $1,500 (no win bonus)
def. Kevin Howard: $1,500

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Notes…

— James Freeman and John Mowry were both making their pro MMA debuts at "March Badness," which helps to explain why they were basically paid in cab fare.

— If there’s a "most underpaid" on the MMA list, it’s probably Jeff Monson, whose to-show salary was half that of his opponent Roy Nelson, and equal to Jason Guida’s. I hope he’s not letting ATT handle his contracts, because those guys don’t even like him.

— This didn’t occur to me until just now, but I wonder if Jason Guida started bitching to his brother Clay after the fight about how Lashley did nothing except lay on top of him the whole time, didn’t inflict any damage, and never even came close to finishing the fight, and they still gave the motherfucker the decision. And then Clay would have to grit his teeth and nod sympathetically. That right there is lay-n’-pray fight karma, coming back home to bite you in the ass.

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Shatski- March 27, 2009 at 1:11 am
I thought that, too, Santana. haha. Need a molotov cocktail now.
just a fight fan- March 25, 2009 at 6:57 am
Okay, this may not be a popular opinion, but this is Lashley's 2nd pro fight. Look at the guys who have come out of TUF. Most of them had decent pro records to start with but looked like rank amateurs starting on the show. Now you have champions and top contenders. Those that can't hang eventually fall by the waist side. Developement of a pro fighter takes time and the only way to get better and get real experience is to get fights in. If you want to hate on anyone, it should be the promoters and the media who hype these guys up before they are a real threat. Cover them yes, but don't make them gods before they have proven themselves as men.
Thoughts- March 24, 2009 at 6:51 pm
That pic made me think of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

...he drank what? We need to go.
bold- March 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm
lol is all ima say
Old, Bald and Irish- March 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm
"This didn't occur to me until just now, but I wonder if Jason Guida started bitching to his brother Clay after the fight about how Lashley did nothing except lay on top of him the whole time, didn't inflict any damage, and never even came close to finishing the fight, and they still gave the motherfucker the decision. And then Clay would have to grit his teeth and nod sympathetically. That right there is lay-n'-pray fight karma, coming back home to bite you in the ass."

MOTHERFUCKING 'A'....

That made me LOL with chunks of sloppy joe and french fries in my mouth!

I'm a big believer in karma...this fight proved it!

Thanks Ben and Ben, that quote rocked my world!

I formally give both of you permission to write my obituary when I die.
Me- March 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Come on Ben, there was a reason that Clay was no where to be seen in his corner.

Also, this should shut up the arguments about boxing vs. MMA pay. In both sports only those at the top get anything. BJ's fight was a title fight, and he got 12.5 k.
Spanky- March 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm
Jesus this guy is huge. One of his pecs can feed all of Africa.
smashfacekillah- March 24, 2009 at 2:52 pm
I think they should have paid Lashley in chickens and shiny metal things. Thats all that overgrown steroid freak is worth. That was one of the most boring fights I have ever seen. This is mma where you should constantly be trying to end the fight not trying to pin your opponent. Go back to wrestling you fucking hack.
SantanaDVX- March 24, 2009 at 2:11 pm
Doesnt he look like a tank from left4dead.
Anonymous- March 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm
newsflash! Fighters making their MMA debut barely take home enough for a whataburger no matter where you fight (unless you are already famous i.e. Brock Lesner)
Sammich- March 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm
Yippie...... Jeff Monson made bail!

I dont know why he started less than the fat ass roy nelson. Those two truly juxtapose each other, the whole spectrum of the heavyweight division could be seen in the ring.

Gotta give Roy at least some credit, beer curls are his only work out and he can still contend.
Officer Farva- March 24, 2009 at 1:54 pm
John Mowry: $300...thats what after taxes, camp fees, medical fees, etc.????

a big fat BILL!!!! not only is he making garbage...most likley, this fight COST him cash....

shame...shame...
Ian- March 24, 2009 at 1:53 pm
I purchased the show purely to watch lashley, didn't even watch the roy jones fight
google - March 24, 2009 at 1:53 pm
I would have to agree that the photo has been altered a little, they made his head bigger, didn't they?
Officer Farva- March 24, 2009 at 1:52 pm
John Mowry: $300.......

HILARIOUS!!!! i dont know whether to laugh or cry for the guy.
Derly- March 24, 2009 at 1:35 pm
u mad brah?
Dave W- March 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm
The last paragraph is awesome.
Good work.
Eli Porter- March 24, 2009 at 1:31 pm
Clay "N' Pray" Guida
Matt- March 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm
first!?
The Evolved Men- March 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm
A little HGH might work in his favor...
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