Not to stereotype dudes from New Jersey, but Frankie Edgar is probably pumpin’ his fist like a champ right about now. The UFC lightweight contender came out of the TUF 10 Finale as the card’s highest-paid scrapper, thanks in part to his well-deserved Fight of the Night bonus. Meanwhile, reality struck Kimbo Slice, who’s now earning 1/20th of what he used to make in EliteXC. Of course, he could have gotten paid more behind the scenes, but we only have the official figures in front of us, and you know how we hate to speculate without hard evidence. [*cough*] The full salary list is below…
Roy Nelson: $41,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus, $25,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Brendan Schaub: $8,000
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson: $25,000 (no win bonus)
Houston Alexander: $13,000
Frankie Edgar: $71,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus, $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Matt Veach: $30,000 (includes $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Matt Mitrione: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Marcus Jones: $8,000
James McSweeney: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Darrill Schoonover: $8,000
Underpaid: As an accomplished veteran and former IFL champ, you’d think that Roy Nelson would make a little more than the standard $8,000-to-show that every TUF 10 castmember besides Kimbo gets. Hopefully he’ll be able to negotiate for more now that he’s officially the season’s winner. (And where you at, Burger King? Sponsor this man!) Also, we’ll send our condolences to John Howard, who’s 3-0 in the UFC and still making $7,000 to show.
Overpaid: Let’s be honest — Matt Hamill’s win bonus is kind of a joke. But then again, if I had to suffer through the kind of beating that the Hammer took from "Bones" Jones, I’d appreciate a little extra compensation too.