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MMA Manifesto Releases Total Career Earnings for 772 UFC Fighters

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(Ladies and gentleman, #69. There is no God.) 

I am going to apologize right from the get-go, Potato Nation, because as I’m writing this, I’m also trying to wrap my brain around the fight I just saw on Super Fight League’s latest installment of Friday Fight Nights and it’s all but completely crippling my ability to focus on my actual task.

While I appreciate the new format that SFL has taken — forgoing freak show fights in mega stadiums in favor of local talent in scaled down arenas — to describe the skill level of some of SFL’s fighters as amateur would be a disservice to amateur MMA fighters around the world. I’m talking specifically, about the heavyweight clash between Virender Singh and Naveen Rao I just witnessed, in which Rao seemingly refused to even attempt to get back to his feet after being taken down, like Butterbean trapped in the YAMMA pit all over again. Singh, on the other hand, was content to dance around and throw one or two GnP shots at a time instead of finishing the fight outright, as if he was unaware of what to do when an opponent literally offers zero defense. Anyway, Rao tapped to strike (yes, it appeared to be just one) and then the camera cut to the crowd engaging in synchronized dance for approximately 3 minutes. BOLLYWOOD IS CRAZY.

What does any of this have to do with the topic at hand? Nothing really, except that even for their completely subpar skill levels, most of the fighters participating on SFL 11 will likely walk away with more money than Tiki Ghosn did from his entire UFC career, at least according to the figures recently released by MMA Manifesto, which tabulated the approximate career earnings of every fighter to fight for the UFC over the past seven years. Of course, the figures only date back to UFC 46, and are void of any sponsorship or locker room bonus money, so perhaps the $2,000 Ghosn was paid should be taken with a grain of salt. Still though, makes you wonder even more how he pulled off this for years.

In either case, join us after the jump to check out the top 300 entries (you can find the full list here). While you might not be shocked at the top few on the list, there are definitely more than a few totals that will leave you scratching your head.

(updated after UFC on Fuel: Franklin vs Le)

1 Chuck Liddell*  $4,320,000
2 Tito Ortiz*  $4,075,000
3 Quinton Jackson*  $3,240,000
4 Michael Bisping*  $3,135,000
5 Georges St-Pierre *  $3,102,000
6 Randy Couture*  $3,045,000
7 Anderson Silva *  $2,871,000
8 Brock Lesnar  $2,825,000
9 Rashad Evans*  $2,697,000
10 B.J. Penn *  $2,650,000
11 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira *  $2,640,000
12 Lyoto Machida*  $2,075,000
13 Matt Hughes*  $2,045,000
14 Mauricio Rua*  $2,040,000
15 Wanderlei Silva*  $2,020,000
16 Forrest Griffin*  $1,907,000
17 Mirko Cro Cop*  $1,885,000
18 Jon Jones*  $1,852,000
19 Vitor Belfort*  $1,844,000
20 Frank Mir *  $1,433,000
21 Dan Henderson*  $1,400,000
22 Rich Franklin*  $1,326,000
23 Josh Koscheck *  $1,302,000
24 Junior dos Santos*  $1,190,000
25 Diego Sanchez*  $1,187,000
26 Cheick Kongo*  $1,183,000
27 Nate Diaz*  $1,113,000
28 Jon Fitch *  $1,068,000
29 Brandon Vera*  $1,051,000
30 Demian Maia *  $   996,000
31 Chris Lytle *  $   960,000
32 Cain Velasquez *  $   918,000
33 Tim Sylvia  $   915,000
34 Fabricio Werdum*  $   910,000
35 Gabriel Gonzaga*  $   907,000
36 Frankie Edgar *  $   891,000
37 Kenny Florian *  $   836,000
38 Nate Marquardt*  $   834,000
39 Chris Leben*  $   828,000
40 Clay Guida*  $   801,000
41 Martin Kampmann*  $   788,000
42 Andrei Arlovski*  $   768,000
43 Joe Stevenson *  $   761,000
44 Cung Le*  $   760,000
45 Donald Cerrone  $   737,600
46 Joe Lauzon*  $   694,000
47 Melvin Guillard*  $   650,800
48 Thiago Alves*  $   643,000
49 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira*  $   625,000
50 Jake Shields*  $   600,000
51 Stefan Struve*  $   596,000
52 Jim Miller*  $   584,000
53 Chael Sonnen*  $   582,000
54 Carlos Condit*  $   574,000
55 Nick Diaz*  $   568,500
56 Dong Hyun Kim*  $   559,000
57 Alan Belcher *  $   558,000
58 Stephan Bonnar*  $   557,000
59 Jason MacDonald *  $   556,200
60 Thiago Silva*  $   555,000
61 Sam Stout*  $   552,000
62 Tyson Griffin*  $   532,500
63 Matt Wiman*  $   528,000
64 Matt Hamill*  $   524,000
65 Gleison Tibau *  $   523,000
66 Matt Serra*  $   515,000
67 Johny Hendricks*  $   504,000
68 Spencer Fisher*  $   504,000
69 James Toney  $   500,000
70 Takanori Gomi*  $   500,000
71 Ken Shamrock*  $   490,000
72 Dennis Siver *  $   485,000
73 Marcus Davis*  $   478,000
74 Yoshihiro Akiyama*  $   475,000
75 Jake Ellenberger*  $   465,000
76 Mark Munoz*  $   463,000
77 Heath Herring*  $   460,000
78 Ed Herman*  $   454,000
79 Jeremy Stephens *  $   445,000
80 Mac Danzig*  $   445,000
81 Sean Sherk*  $   436,000
82 Mike Swick*  $   423,000
83 Terry Etim*  $   417,000
84 Kendall Grove *  $   410,000
85 Ricardo Almeida*  $   410,000
86 Keith Jardine *  $   405,000
87 Brian Stann*  $   404,000
88 Ryan Bader*  $   401,000
89 Royce Gracie  $   400,000
90 Wilson Gouveia*  $   396,800
91 Evan Dunham*  $   393,000
92 Gray Maynard*  $   392,000
93 Edson Barboza*  $   390,000
94 Yushin Okami*  $   386,000
95 Alistair Overeem  $   385,714
96 Anthony Johnson*  $   385,000
97 Cole Miller*  $   381,000
98 Kurt Pellegrino *  $   369,000
99 Ben Rothwell*  $   369,000
100 Mike Pyle*  $   367,000
101 Roy Nelson*  $   366,000
102 Dan Hardy*  $   365,000
103 Thiago Tavares*  $   353,000
104 Rick Story*  $   342,000
105 Charles Oliveira*  $   341,000
106 Urijah Faber*  $   337,000
107 Aaron Simpson*  $   336,000
108 Paulo Thiago*  $   332,000
109 Benson Henderson*  $   318,000
110 DaMarques Johnson *  $   318,000
111 Krzysztof Soszynski *  $   312,000
112 Vladimir Matyushenko*  $   307,000
113 Nik Lentz*  $   307,000
114 Ross Pearson*  $   306,000
115 George Sotiropoulos *  $   304,000
116 Hector Lombard*  $   300,000
117 Alessio Sakara*  $   299,000
118 C.B. Dollaway *  $   293,000
119 Phil Davis*  $   290,000
120 Mark Bocek*  $   289,000
121 Dan Miller*  $   283,000
122 Amir Sadollah*  $   282,000
123 Shane Carwin*  $   281,000
124 Rafael dos Anjos*  $   281,000
125 Nate Quarry*  $   280,000
126 Tom Lawlor*  $   278,000
127 Karo Parisyan*  $   277,000
128 Paul Taylor*  $   275,000
129 Jose Aldo*  $   273,000
130 Jorge Rivera *  $   273,000
131 Chan-Sung Jung  $   264,000
132 Marcus Aurelio*  $   263,000
133 Patrick Cote*  $   263,000
134 Chris Weidman*  $   262,000
135 Rousimar Palhares*  $   255,000
136 Josh Neer*  $   251,000
137 Mark Coleman*  $   250,000
138 Matt Riddle*  $   248,000
139 TJ Grant*  $   245,000
140 Mark Hominick*  $   241,000
141 Dustin Hazelett*  $   240,800
142 Matt Brown*  $   240,000
143 Hermes Franca*  $   238,000
144 Tim Boetsch*  $   238,000
145 Mike Pierce*  $   237,000
146 Evan Tanner*  $   232,000
147 Travis Browne*  $   229,000
148 Pat Barry*  $   224,000
149 Eddie Sanchez*  $   222,000
150 Lavar Johnson*  $   220,000
151 Cub Swanson*  $   220,000
152 Joey Beltran *  $   218,000
153 Shane Roller*  $   218,000
154 Rich Clementi*  $   217,000
155 Leonard Garcia*  $   217,000
156 Brock Larson*  $   207,000
157 Paul Kelly*  $   204,000
158 Joseph Benavidez*  $   200,500
159 Danny Castillo*  $   199,600
160 Luiz Cane*  $   199,000
161 Demetrious Johnson*  $   198,000
162 Brian Ebersole*  $   195,000
163 Kyle Kingsbury*  $   194,000
164 Pablo Garza*  $   191,000
165 Jeremy Horn*  $   185,000
166 Antoni Hardonk*  $   184,000
167 Paul Sass*  $   184,000
168 Brendan Schaub*  $   182,000
169 Dustin Poirier  $   181,000
170 Nam Phan*  $   181,000
171 Mike Russow  $   179,000
172 Miguel Torres  $   178,800
173 Rory MacDonald*  $   178,000
174 Michael McDonald  $   177,000
175 John Hathaway*  $   177,000
176 Roger Huerta*  $   176,000
177 Jared Hamman*  $   171,000
178 Jorge Gurgel*  $   170,000
179 Yves Edwards*  $   170,000
180 Dave Herman*  $   169,000
181 Matt Mitrione*  $   168,000
182 Jacob Volkmann *  $   168,000
183 Bart Palaszweski*  $   167,500
184 Akihiro Gono*  $   167,000
185 Gerald Harris *  $   167,000
186 Drew McFedries*  $   165,000
187 Daniel Roberts  $   164,000
188 Erick Silva*  $   162,000
189 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou  $   160,000
190 Thales Leites*  $   157,000
191 Rob Emerson*  $   156,000
192 Michael Johnson*  $   156,000
193 Dominick Cruz*  $   155,000
194 Kyle Noke*  $   155,000
195 Brian Foster *  $   153,000
196 Alexander Gustafsson*  $   152,000
197 Renato Sobral*  $   151,000
198 Manny Gamburyan*  $   150,000
199 Din Thomas*  $   148,000
200 Stipe Miocic*  $   148,000
201 Josh Burkman*  $   146,000
202 Mike Brown*  $   146,000
203 Luke Cummo*  $   144,000
204 Diego Nunes*  $   144,000
205 Riki Fukuda*  $   144,000
206 James Irvin*  $   143,000
207 Scott Jorgensen  $   143,000
208 Duane Ludwig*  $   142,000
209 Jason Brilz*  $   141,000
210 Diego Brandao*  $   141,000
211 Antonio Silva  $   140,000
212 Dennis Bermudez*  $   140,000
213 Jonathan Goulet*  $   138,500
214 Paul Daley*  $   138,200
215 Charlie Brenneman*  $   136,000
216 Carlos Eduardo Rocha*  $   152,000
217 Chris Wilson*  $   133,000
218 Anthony Njokuani*  $   132,400
219 Tony Ferguson*  $   131,000
220 Court McGee*  $   131,000
221 Frank Trigg*  $   128,000
222 Dennis Hallman*  $   128,000
223 Ryan Jensen  $   127,000
224 Brian Bowles*  $   127,000
225 James Te-Huna*  $   126,000
226 Aaron Riley*  $   125,000
227 Ricardo Lamas*  $   125,000
228 Igor Pokrajac*  $   125,000
229 Brad Pickett*  $   124,000
230 Paul Buentello*  $   122,000
231 Cody McKenzie*  $   122,000
232 Kevin Burns*  $   120,000
233 Alex Caceres*  $   120,000
234 Mark Hunt*  $   117,000
235 John Dodson  $   116,000
236 Anthony Pettis*  $   115,000
237 Jake Rosholt  $   114,000
238 John Howard*  $   114,000
239 Karlos Vemola*  $   114,000
240 Kuniyoshi Hironaka*  $   113,000
241 Joe Riggs*  $   111,000
242 Ivan Menjivar*  $   111,000
243 Takeya Mizugaki*  $   108,000
244 Rony Mariano Bezerra*  $   106,000
245 Efrain Escudero*  $   104,000
246 Justin Lawrence*  $   104,000
247 TJ Waldburger*  $   103,000
248 Ben Saunders *  $   102,000
249 Luigi Fioravanti*  $   102,000
250 Che Mills*  $   102,000
251 Rob Kimmons*  $   100,000
252 John-Olav Einemo*  $   100,000
253 Steve Cantwell*  $   100,000
254 Tim Credeur*  $     98,000
255 Bryan Carraway  $     97,000
256 Goran Reljic *  $     96,000
257 Mike Massenzio*  $     96,000
258 Chris Camozzi*  $     96,000
259 Dean Lister*  $     95,000
260 Erik Koch*  $     94,000
261 Jason Miller  $     92,000
262 Chad Mendes*  $     92,000
263 Justin Edwards*  $     92,000
264 Jamie Varner  $     91,000
265 Tomasz Drwal*  $     90,600
266 Louis Gaudinot  $     90,200
267 Gilbert Yvel  $     90,000
268 Houston Alexander*  $     90,000
269 Eric Schafer*  $     90,000
270 Edwin Figueroa*  $     89,000
271 Travis Lutter*  $     88,000
272 Raphael Assuncao*  $     88,000
273 Jake O’Brien  $     87,000
274 Stephen Thompson  $     85,000
275 Rodrigo Damm*  $     85,000
276 Marcos Vinicius*  $     85,000
277 Ryo Chonan*  $     84,000
278 Jorge Santiago*  $     84,000
279 Fabio Maldonado*  $     84,000
280 Rodney Wallace*  $     83,000
281 Eliot Marshall*  $     83,000
282 Constantinos Philippou*  $     83,000
283 Mitch Gagnon*  $     83,000
284 Jason Lambert*  $     82,000
285 Pascal Krauss*  $     82,000
286 Matt Grice*  $     82,000
287 Brad Tavares*  $     82,000
288 John Lineker*  $     81,800
289 Eddie Yagin*  $     81,000
290 Vaughan Lee*  $     81,000
291 Caol Uno *  $     80,000
292 Phil Baroni  $     80,000
293 Darren Elkins*  $     80,000
294 Eddie Wineland*  $     80,000
295 Seth Baczynski*  $     80,000
296 Kalib Starnes*  $     79,000
297 Lance Benoist*  $     79,000
298 Andre Winner *  $     78,000
299 Ian McCall*  $     77,000
300 Ryan Jimmo*  $     77,000

Yes it’s a mess and yes it’s long as hell, but it’s a pretty damn comprehensive list on MMAManifesto’s part and it needed to be shared, so DEAL WITH IT.

Like we said, there are definitely some odd placements that need to be discussed amongst you Taters (Bisping over GSP?! Stefan Struve over Stephan Bonnar?!) as well as some whimsically hilarious ones (Terry Etim over Edson Barboza, Carlos Condit at #54, Nick Diaz at #55), but which figure strikes you as the most shocking? Personally, I gotta go with Brandon Vera. His last performance aside, the dude has underwhelmed and underperformed his way to six figures. But I guess that’s why they call it the American dream.

-J. Jones 

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BaghdadBob- December 4, 2012 at 9:34 am
Drwal made $90K in exchange for his knee joint. Doesn't seem like a good trade to me.
apogee- December 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm
321 Jens Pulver* $ 60,000

i refuse to believe jenx pulver only made 60k in his entire fighting career
Nitty McPicky- December 1, 2012 at 11:40 am
Massaranduba made the list twice (475 & 643)?
cwr- December 1, 2012 at 8:13 am
Damn Rampage gets no respect from the UFC. There are two whole people that made more than him. I see where the guy is coming from.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm
Cocaine is a helluva drug.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm
Why does Koscheck got a boat, plane, house, gym, and multiple cars and Fitch is talking about getting a side job doing tech support for graphing calculators at a cubicle farm call center somewhere?
RwilsonR- November 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm
Jon "Million Dollar Blanket" Fitch
RwilsonR- November 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm
What the fuck is Lyoto Machida complaining about? He DOES make Anderson Silva money.
RSparrow- November 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm
Indian people are the most non-athletic motherfuckers on the planet.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm
I'm pretty certain this list is completely woefully inaccurate. If it doesn't include sources of income that can be a major part of a fighters income such as sponsorship, locker room bonus or PPV dividends than what's the point? Does it even include income some fighters earned in PRIDE where they competed for years? Didn't Nick Diaz get paid $300,000 dollars just to show up at some press conferences recently?

It is a mathematical masturbation act. It seems pretty useless to spend a bunch of time rounding up incomplete and inaccurate figures and then cobbling them together for everyone to see. They should just call it the list of disclosed fight purses and possibly declared fight night bonuses, not fighters career incomes.
crappiefloper- November 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm
I fucking HATE Brock Lesner. Jesus as my witness, I hate him
Alan K- November 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm
Wasn't it confirmed that Brock made $5.3 million for one of his fights in 2010? This list is terrible.
ArmFarmer- November 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQV45PfH-e0 1:09:00, for those interested in seeing the fight between two audience members. At least that's what it appears to be. I've never seen someone employ a "boxing from my back against standing opponent" game plan. Truly mind boggling.
Autopsy- November 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm
321 Jens Pulver* $ 60,000

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Birdman- November 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Every person in the top 22 and some beyond that have at one point or another been a champion in either pride or the UFC, or in some cases both. With one glaring exception....do I really have to say it again....Michael fucking Bisping!!!!!
Birdman- November 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm
3 words....Michael fucking Bisping!!!!!
paperplane- November 30, 2012 at 11:49 am
Gunnar Nelson at 561
El Guapo- November 30, 2012 at 11:19 am
If Tiki only made 2 g's methinks I got a chance with Arianny Lopez.
El Guapo- November 30, 2012 at 11:16 am
Nate made twice as much as Nick? Cain and Abel 2012, folks.
crappiefloper- November 30, 2012 at 10:53 am
What it showsis that good money can be made. I get tired of the,"fighters don't make enough" line. They, like a lot of other people, are in business for themselves. Sometimes business florishes,sometimes it tanks. That's life.
knucklesamitch- November 30, 2012 at 10:46 am
These numbers are way misleading ... I'm sure I read a while back that GSP makes somewhere in the ballpark of about $5mil per fight. Yes, that's locker room bonus, end of night bonus, sponsor money, and ppv cut added ... but still, these numbers come off making it look like UFC fighters get paid peanuts, and while they don't get boxing money, these numbers are way off. Get ready CP, I think MMA Manifesto just earned themselves a seat at the banned table with you, and that's even if they had any credentials with the UFC in the first place.
Fried Taco- November 30, 2012 at 10:35 am
@2DaDeath - it is misleading since it only goes back to UFC 46. It is well known that Royce received a cool mil for winning UFC 1. Unfortunately, "mil" in Portuguese is $1,000.
J.Jones- November 30, 2012 at 10:30 am
@2DaDeath - Out of all the fighters ahead of Gracie, you had to single out Mr. Fight Night with JASON MACDONALD looking right at you?
2DaDeath- November 30, 2012 at 10:25 am
Definitely appalling to see that Lights Out made more money than Royce "If It Wasn't For Me The UFC Wouldn't Exist" Gracie. But on the brighter side, fighters are making way more money than they used to. Progress!
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