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TUF 10 Finale Fighter Salaries: Edgar Leads the Pack, Kimbo Receives Meager Portion of Bread


(Brendan Schaub does his best impression of Darrill Schoonover‘s stomach. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

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

Matt Hamill: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
Jon Jones: $20,000

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

Jon Madsen: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Justin Wren: $8,000

John Howard: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Dennis Hallman: $15,000

Brian Stann: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Rodney Wallace: $6,000

Mark Bocek: $55,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus, $25,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
Joe Brammer: $5,000

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.

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J-Dog- December 8, 2009 at 6:18 am
BK won't pick up Big Country as a spokes person any time soon. I highly doubt any fast food chain would want a fat person as the face of their advertising campaign. They are supposed to pretend that fast food is healthy and won't make you fat.
Sabado Gigante- December 7, 2009 at 7:43 pm
LOL @ "And, where you at Burger King? Sponsor this man!"
se7en0we2- December 7, 2009 at 7:42 pm
so Kevin is making more money than Matt in his first appearance?? we may be deaf but we sure as fuck are not blind...who comes up with the payouts on this crap? kimbo = shit
UFC fan- December 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm
...pause.
MostDiabolicalHaterThisSideOfTheMississippi- December 7, 2009 at 2:42 pm
Makes me wanna fist pump and fuck an orange guidette!
vengful1- December 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm
Matt Hamill got the biggest win bonus of the night? Still being alive should be his win bonus.
One Two- December 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm
Veach seemed pretty tough 5 grand seems pretty low, good thing the got that fotn bonus.
shitbag- December 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm
D00D "Jeresey Shore" is the best fucking reality show Eva!!!!!1!!!1!!!!one!!!!!
MostDiabolicalHaterThisSideOfTheMississippi- December 7, 2009 at 1:50 pm
Shit man, thats a hell of a pay cut for Kimbo. He must have blown all them EliteXC moneys on skull caps, Just for Men beards moustaches & sideburns, and gold teefas.
MachidaVsSilva- December 7, 2009 at 1:49 pm
PS, I've always liked Big Country and thought he won the fight against Ben Rothwell. Dana doesn't care if you can win. He cares if you can sell tickets. Shamrock proved that.
MachidaVsSilva- December 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm
I'm disappointed that you get paid in the UFC by the crowd you draw and not how much ass you kick. I understand economics but it tarnishes the sport. It's as if Mayhem Miller could come in and get his ass handed to him every fight and make more money because people want to see him. I guess it's our own fault for demanding to see a freak show over a legitimate contender.
virpz- December 7, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Roy was underpaid and Kimbo was way overpaid
Merlin- December 7, 2009 at 1:25 pm
Man you can't help but like & hate BIG Roy, he reminds me of that Bumblebee doing his thing, not being aware of scientists "proving" he cannot fight, the Big Country succeeds under "the power of its own ignorance"

Rock On Country or ... Country On Country
NateGetsIrate- December 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm
Did anyone else feel bad for Roy when he kept making fun of himself? Obama should give the man a hug and apologize on behalf of American Society for making him feel bad about being a fat guy!
BD13540- December 7, 2009 at 1:06 pm
Not only is Howard 3-0 in the UFC....he has yet to be put on a broadcast despite his 3 wins (1 KO, and 1 FOTN bonus included). Such is life in the UFC. I bought the Hallman fight because I read the play by play. Howard seriously hit the equivalent of a buzzer beater. Unreal.
Doc Martin- December 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm
Unfortunately people watch for name value, not always skill. So Kimbo gets broke off much better than the rest of the TUF fighters. Let's be honest, even with his skills, even with his resume, even with his triumph in TUF 10, Big Country isn't going to be a draw. He's just not. UFC pays by who brings butts to the seats, and views on TV, that's how they do it.
SweetAfflictionShirt- December 7, 2009 at 1:03 pm
So Matt Veach gets paid 5k to fight Frankie Edgar on short notice...on the main card. That has to be annoying.
Ouch That hurts- December 7, 2009 at 12:59 pm
@ Thatsozay

We should all be pissed about that. UFC is doing the exact same thing that they ragged on EliteXC about, pampering a "personality". I know he has gotten "better" but is that really saying much?
Houstons db- December 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm
im glad Edgar is makin some cheese he deserves it, even though he fought a bum, but he only got 22k to show? thats kinda dumb he has been runnin through dudes... whens the man get his title shot???
Thatsozay- December 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm
I bet nelsons pissed kimbo got 3x $ just to fight!
Mike Milbury- December 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm
Dang. His face looks like it's melting off his skull.
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