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Sanchez and Stevenson Top TUF 9 Finale Payouts


(Photos courtesy of UFC.com.)

The UFC paid out $630,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses for Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, according to figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Leading the list are Diego Sanchez — who took home an event-high $115,000 thanks to his Fight of the Night bonus and pack-leading to-show salary — and Joe Stevenson, who came in second place with $95,000. The numbers are below…

– Diego Sanchez: $115,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus and $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
– Joe Stevenson: $95,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus and $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Chris Lytle: $61,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus and $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Clay Guida: $48,000 (includes $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Nate Diaz: $45,000 (includes $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Jason Dent: $41,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus and $25,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
Tomasz Drwal: $40,600 (includes $7,000 win bonus, $25,000 Knockout of the Night bonus, and 20% of Mike Ciesnolevicz‘s to-show money [$1,600])
Kevin Burns: $34,000 (includes $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

- Melvin Guillard: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Brad Blackburn: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
Gleison Tibau: $17,000
James Wilks: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Ross Pearson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Nick Osipczak: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
DaMarques Johnson: $8,000
Andre Winner: $8,000
Frank Lester: $8,000
Cameron Dollar: $8,000
– Mike Ciesnoleviscz: $6,400 (Ciesnolevicz was penalized $1,600 for missing weight)
Edgar Garcia: $5,000

Underpaid: Chris Lytle. Maybe the UFC is paying him so little in base salary because they figure he’ll come out even when they add the Fight of the Night bonus (he’s won it in his last three appearances), but still, a fighter with 15 UFC fights should probably be making more than $18,000 to show by now. For all the blood he’s shed for the company, he deserves it.

Overpaid: Nobody. How about that.

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831 Son- June 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm
You are such a pussy. Kill yourself faggot.
UFC fan- June 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm
831 I think your pussy hurts...is it that time of the month again?
Nobody that says "cali" will ever be a threat to me, go cry in a corner you loser, and get your panties outta your ass.
831 Son- June 23, 2009 at 10:53 am
Im in Cali you fucking pussy. You dont have the balls to do anything you faggot. Ill fuck you up any day of the week. I bet you havent hit someone once in your life you pathetic punk. You arent scared to say it on the computer but in person after you said it you would get fucking rocked son. You stupid worthless moron I will fuck you up fool.
Jimmy Crack Corn- June 23, 2009 at 8:01 am
UFC FAN and 831 Son - You BOFF Idiots.
UFC fan- June 23, 2009 at 6:29 am
hey 831 son, let me say this to your face plain and simple:
TANNER WAS A FUCKING MENTAL REJECT AND HE DIED LIKE THE GARBAGE HE WAS!
Where can we meet? cause dude I am not even remotely scared to tell you that again, and again to your face or your unconscious body...whatever.
Now relax SON cause you can't do shit about it. Stop being a target.
831 Son- June 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm
UFC fan you are a fucking worthelss piece of shit you fool. Evan Tanner was a mental reject, dumbass, who died in the desert? No faggot. Id beat the living shit out of you if I heard you say that in front of me. Fucking pussy. Idiots get knocked out for acting a fool like you, you ignorant little bitch.

Diego is the man. And gotta give Guida credit for his ability to recollect himself after getting brutally picked apart.
The Harvester- June 22, 2009 at 4:56 pm
Diego Sanchez is awesome! I don't understand how people can not like him. His intensity is off the charts and is extremely exciting to watch. I can't wait for him to fight either BJ Penn Or KenFlo. Standing he is a wrecking machine, as Guida found out, the way to beat him is to take him down. I hope whoever he fights attempts to stand with him cause man is it exciting to watch when he is throwing those knees and uppercuts.

Guida moves up a couple notches in my book for surviving all that punishment and actually making it a split decision. That fucking head kick that diego layed on him was viscious.
robthom- June 22, 2009 at 3:22 pm
Lol, that looks like they're holding hands.
I'm thinking "I dont remember Sanchez fighting Stevenson"?!



"...some people thought Evan Tanner was so great and he was a mental reject, dumbass, who died in the desert."

Bummer! Not cool dude.
UFC fan- June 22, 2009 at 2:58 pm
I personally am glad to see Diego get paid well he has headlined several times, and has been around long enough to be called a veteran, It is about times people respect it.
It is sad to see the OLD guys go out, but the times of 400K to see Chuck Liddell are done, time for the younger guys to step it up, and they have.
people don't like Diego cause he acts weird, but this isn't a fucking beauty contest it's about being a fighter, and you can't deny that.
But you know people are 2 faced, and weird, and stupid, some people thought Evan Tanner was so great and he was a mental reject, dumbass, who died in the desert.
So who cares how people act, to me it is all about drive, desire and skills. Diego has that for days...so does Guida, even in losing he proved he is a badass!

If I was gonna say anyone got overpaid it would be Joe daddy, he isn't on the way up, he is on his way down, that is to much money for a middle of the road curtain puller. Lytle is to old and not good enough, but he deserves more than he got for sure.
xFenixKnightx- June 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm
I'm glad UFC didn't drown the whole card with TUFers like they usually do. BTW I thought the Budlight logo was supposed to be in the middle of the Octagon of every American UFC show. That huge Burger King logo looked stupid.
NateGetsIrate- June 22, 2009 at 2:21 pm
Thanks and glad you mentioned "and most other promotions" cuz i was curious about that too. Looks like Lester might be sportin a CashMoney diamond grill next time we see him.
agentsmith- June 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm
It's typical for the UFC (and most other promotions) to cover the costs of injuries sustained during the fight. Injuries sustained during training or whenever else, you're on your own.
NateGetsIrate- June 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm
Anyone know if medical expenses are always covered? Cuz I don't think $8,000 is gonna cover Johnson's hospital bill or Lester's new teeth.

Also wanted to mention that Ciesnolevicz was a big let down.
john t- June 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm
I have no problem with their being a co-fight of the night with Lytle vs. Burns and Sanchez vs. Guida fights, but I have no idea how the Stevenson and Diaz got fight of the night. It was a good fight but no where near fight of the night material.
Meohfumado- June 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm
Agreed CP. Lytle deserves more for the shows he puts on.
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