Steroids in MMA
Which MMA Fighter Will Test Positive For Steroids Next?

Rashad Evans’s $435,000 Check Leads UFC 114 Fighter Salaries

(Honestly, what do you hope to gain making a sign like that? You think Rampage or Rashad is really going to notice your sign and be like "That’s awesome work, man, looks just like me. Would you like to be my guest at the afterparty?" Did you already have those gold-star stickers lying around the house, or did you have to buy them especially for the occasion? You know that Jackson and Evans aren’t twins, right? / Photo courtesy of

The UFC paid out $1,631,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the fighters at Saturday’s "Rampage vs. Evans" show, with the victorious Rashad Evans coming out way ahead of the pack with his $435,000 take. Quinton Jackson, Michael Bisping, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira also brought home hefty six-figure salaries. The complete payout list is below; keep in mind that the numbers don’t include additional income from sponsorships, undisclosed "locker room bonuses," and percentages of the pay-per-view revenue, or deductions for taxes, insurance, licensing fees, and underoos

Rashad Evans: $435,000 (includes $185,000 win bonus)
def. Quinton Jackson: $250,000

Michael Bisping: $190,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Miller: $15,000

Mike Russow: $89,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Todd Duffee: $8,000

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $185,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Jason Brilz: $76,000 (includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

John Hathaway: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Sanchez: $50,000

Dong Hyun Kim: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Amir Sadollah: $15,000

Efrain Escudero: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Lauzon: $15,000

Melvin Guillard: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Waylon Lowe: $6,000

Cyrille Diabate: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Luiz Cane: $19,000

Aaron Riley: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Brammer: $5,000

Ryan Jensen: $81,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Jesse Forbes: $6,000

Underpaid: Cyrille Diabate needs to fire his manager. The Snake is a veteran of 24 MMA fights, has competed all over the world, and was part of the training staff on TUF 9. But in the UFC, he’s paid on the same level as unknown prospects like Waylon Lowe and Joe Brammer. What the hell happened there?

Overpaid: Look, Rashad Evans is a great fighter and I’m happy that he’s being paid like a star now. But the fans dislike him, and putting on an exciting show is not on his list of priorities. So what exactly is the UFC paying for? Also, Michael Bisping gets $175,000 just to show up these days. No comment.

Cagepotato Comments

Showing 1-25 of comments

Sort by : Show hidden comments
reusable hand warmers- October 4, 2011 at 5:10 am
yeah hes not as exciting as some other fighters, but won some respect when he KO chuck a few years back... i guess hes deserves his pay
Komodo- June 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm
Agonizing on so many levels.
fatbellyfrank- June 1, 2010 at 8:27 pm
I know theres pretty much no rhyme or reason to the paychecks handed out, but its fucken wrong that Hathaway didn't even make half as much as Sanchez
BJJ Pennguin- June 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm
Why are there two Chandellas on that sign?
bitteralex- June 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm
that poster is black on black crime
Mr_Misanthropy- June 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm
I saw this shit on MMA Junkie Sunday... the Chael Sonnen video was in the Sherdog forums on Saturday also... I don't want to join the raining chorus of boos but what the fuck are you people doing here? I thought you were connected MMA journalists and not guys with internet connections and a list of other people's web sites.

If you're going to recycle all of your content from other sources you should at least find a way to put your own stamp on it, and try to make sure it's relatively fresh and not from the day old bargain bin.
iDestroy- June 1, 2010 at 11:56 am
I bet Brilz got one hell of a "locker room bonus".
Charming Charlie- June 1, 2010 at 11:52 am
Herb Dean better have gotten a ref bonus for not prematurely stopping the fights against Evans or Sanchez. Those were tough calls.
fightfan- June 1, 2010 at 11:41 am
That c**ksucker Bisping has made $175k to show and $15 to win since UFC 100 fight with Hendo.

That is the biggest crime in mma. They gave him 1 dimensional bjj guys with no striking again and again and again, most of the guys are ones that couldnt make it in the UFC, so the UFC kept them their for one more fight(for Bisping to have a great chance at wnning).

BUT this does show that the UFC knows HOW EASY he has it....he ONLY gets an extra $15 k to win. WHY??? because even the UFC knows how easy of a path this guys has had. Guys like MArquardt and lil Nog earn ONLY $40k to show and an extra 40 to win, while this POS makes nearly 4 times that. I thought that now they conquered the UK, they would FINALLY start giving him fight for what they are paying him for. But, nope, they look thru the ENTIRE ufc 185 roster when it is time to find an opponent for Bisping and they pick the 1 fighter that matches ups best for Bisping to win.

Fucking joke how Bisping gets royal treatment. There are guys out there making $10 per fight that could kick his ass....and if they got Elvis Sinosec and Josh Haynes and Ross Pointon and Eric Schaffaer to help him build a name, they would ALL have better records than Chumpsping
Shaky- June 1, 2010 at 11:33 am
@Barc was not you. You don't get to just come in here and start claiming that such a masterpiece is your work, you just don't. You don't see me running around telling everybody that I painted 'Sunflowers' and not Van Gogh because I didn't, I painted 'Whistler's Mother' and I don't need to pretend I possess that kind of talent, because I do.
Barc- June 1, 2010 at 11:13 am
hey, fuck you. That poster took me all day. You guys can all burn in hell... and yes, I got the gold stars because I'm a good kid. I put them on the poster because i was proud of it, just like Mrs. Figgledygoo was proud of me. I hate you all.
Pow right in the kisser- June 1, 2010 at 10:59 am
Um yeah didnt have tickets to the fights so I rushed home from the fan expo, (which is a 4 hour drive for me) to watch two black dudes hug each other for 15 minutes.
budsellers- June 1, 2010 at 10:31 am
the most overpaid fighter on this list has to be rogerio; 1-1 in the ufc now and already receiving $80k to show. ok he is 2-0, but i will not admit it again.

evans is a past title holder, but bisping is another situation... the uk posterboy has not lost a "win or go home" bout yet, but the fact remains that he has also never beat a top 10 opponent. is it a joke that he gets paid more guaranteed money than ALL of the undercard fighters combined? no it is not a joke. it is simply so he will not go fight somewhere else.

most of those undercard fights were better than bisping vs miller and rogerio vs brillz.
ccman- June 1, 2010 at 9:06 am
Rashad got the gay crowd hype cash same as bisping got the keep the uk in the fold cash. Seriously after all the talk evans fought like a scared bitch....... this is why I quit watching the nba as well.
Shaky- June 1, 2010 at 8:36 am
Korean Zombie is great and everything but what is wrong with a bit of intelligence in fighting. I thought the first and third rounds were pretty exciting, though obviously the second was dull. Don't get me wrong Couture vs Vera is one of my least favourite fights ever, but at least Rashad did some damage unlike Couture. Who in there right mind would really wanna stand right in front of Rampage? After the third round I wanted more, cos it seemed like the 4th and 5th could have been crazy.
X- June 1, 2010 at 8:23 am
rashad was the huggie...he sent Rampage his fight plan before the fight.....last time I spend money when a fighter (GSP, koscheck,rashad) uses that style of fighting...Question for Rashad....How can you talk all that mess and then avoid a more cash from me...435,000??? seriously?? no wonder he fought "a smart game plan" to avoid a have no honor..When is the "Korean Zombie" fighting next....I'm watching that...!
That Guy- June 1, 2010 at 8:22 am

all good points except I still have no interest in seeing him fight. I can't think of a time when I've ever thought to myself, "Rashad is fighting? I've gotta buy that card!!" maybe it's because it seems like he comes to win an athletic competition and I like guys that come to win a fight
NomadRip- June 1, 2010 at 8:19 am
There are a lot of huge disparities on there that make no sense. As far as the sign goes, the guy has had it posted on at least 2 big MMA sites now. He may be getting famous for it. If he can get it picked up by, he'll make a killing with it.

WAR shitty sign-making guy!
Almost North- June 1, 2010 at 8:15 am
Duffee is still on the pay rate for his original no name contract before his flash knockout (before he got flash knocked out himself for that matter). If he wins a few more he will be payed when negotiations open up again.
HotPotato- June 1, 2010 at 8:07 am

Why would Duffee make more than that? Overhyped.

And Bisping should get around 20k at the most. Dude's a fagle.
Shaky- June 1, 2010 at 7:54 am
Do you think the guy that made that poster just uses a template from an arts and crafts shop? I'd be interested to see what his Dong Hyun Kim or Michael Bisping posters look like. My guess? The same, in different shades from his magic marker pack, comes with: Brown, Pink, Yellow, Black, Red, Green and Blue.... He never uses green or blue and he ran out of red drawing Pudzianowski.
Shaky- June 1, 2010 at 7:50 am
Strange win bonus for Bisping though. Rare to have a win bonus be as small a percentage of the show money. Not that he should be getting anymore.
Shaky- June 1, 2010 at 7:48 am
Realistically, Bisping makes the UFC a lot of money, headlining all those UK cards and helping them to expand the UK market, so I don't think he is getting paid just to fight. Rashad is a former champ of the LHW division and all those guys make a lot of cash. TBH I wouldn't be surprised if on balance fighters from the LHW make more than any other division.
justscrappin- June 1, 2010 at 7:39 am
I know that Rashad has a lot of decisions on his record..but look at his up side. He is still relatively young....has been champ before. Won his season of tuf....has a head kick ko....has a couple nice tko's, hasn't been in trouble outside the UFC. He has only lost to Machida, and really if Silva wasn't such a scary prospect...he would have probably dropped down to mw by now. Rampage has caused some problems, lost motivation and almost killed people with a truck. The other guys have no name...though I'm all for the wealth being 100k from Rashad's check being spread evenly over the 5 to 7 lowest paid guys on the card.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- June 1, 2010 at 7:36 am
amir is closing in on his $100,000 tuf contract. wouldnt be surprised if they canned him.