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TUF 17 Finale Salaries: Urijah Faber’s $110,000 Check Tops the Payout List

(Anderson Silva’s knees and GSP’s shorts — no can defend. / Photo via Getty Images)

According to information released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the UFC paid out $708,500 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the 24 fighters who competed at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on Saturday. Main-eventer Urijah Faber was the only fighter to crack six-figures. (If you don’t include end-of-night bonuses, he was also the only fighter to earn over $50,000 in show/win money.) Check out the full payout list below, and keep in mind that these numbers don’t include additional revenue from sponsorships or undisclosed “locker room bonuses,” or deductions from taxes, insurance, and licensing fees.

Urijah Faber: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Scott Jorgensen: $23,500

Kelvin Gastelum: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus; he also won a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a glass thing)
def. Uriah Hall: $8,000

Cat Zingano*: $64,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Miesha Tate: $78,000 (includes $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Travis Browne: $90,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $24,000

Bubba McDaniel: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Smith: $8,000

Josh Samman: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Kevin Casey: $8,000

Luke Barnatt: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Collin Hart: $8,000

Dylan Andrews: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jimmy Quinlan: $8,000

Clint Hester: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Bristol Marunde: $8,000

Cole Miller: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Bart Palaszewski: $15,000

Maximo Blanco: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Sam Sicilia: $8,000

Daniel Pineda: $76,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus, $50,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Justin Lawrence: $8,000

* Note: Cat Zingano‘s $7,000 to-show salary was $1,000 less than the lowest-earning male fighters on the lineup. In other words, a main-card fighter who was potentially one fight away from a title shot against Ronda Rousey was guaranteed 87.5% of the salary of TUF 17 castmembers like Kevin Casey, Collin Hart, Gilbert Smith, and Jimmy Quinlan, who will likely be released after losing their fights on Saturday. It’s hard to avoid thinking about the gender wage gap when an undefeated female prospect is conspicuously paid less than everybody else. (Here’s the part where you call me a liberal pussy, girls are lucky to be on the card in the first place, Joe Rogan Podcast all day.)

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cman- April 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm
7k and not one nipple...... It's outrageous, I agree.
KarmaAteMyCat- April 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm
Travis getting a KOTN is bullshit he's going to have the result of that either turned into a no contest or a DQ.
The12ozCurls- April 15, 2013 at 9:41 am
Cat should have made at least $7000 for the stretching video all by itself and she didn't even get punched during that one. Oh, the 57 second mark is magical.
amsterdamheavy- April 15, 2013 at 9:01 am
New Prebek video is up, and it is gold:
The12ozCurls- April 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

"If you were a porn star, they'd tell you to finish!"
FilmDrunk- April 15, 2013 at 8:40 am
Can't hate on Bubba's sweet triangle, but what idiot decided he'd be on the main card with Cole Miller fighting on Facebook?
FilmDrunk- April 15, 2013 at 8:39 am
Congratulations on your six-figure UFC contract*!

*to be paid out bi-annually in $8,000 increments.
Pen Fifteen- April 15, 2013 at 8:35 am
I bet Cat is pissed she had to go nearly 3 full rounds for her 50k when she could have just nailed Miesha with a bunch of illegal elbows right off the bat to score the same amount of bonus money.
teep- April 15, 2013 at 8:27 am
MMA is a man's game and I am sure these women know that. But to be a trailblazer, they will have to start somewhere. I am not defending the pay, I am just saying - Cat has to know what is up.
Alan K- April 15, 2013 at 8:25 am
Miesha didn't make less than those guys.
catshittacos- April 15, 2013 at 8:13 am
ladies get paid when they get on that stage! slow motion for me!
Fried Taco- April 15, 2013 at 7:54 am
Yes, the ladies make less than the guys, but DW was in their locker room all night handing out lots of bonuses!