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UFC 104 Payouts: Win Money and Bonuses Keep Pat Barry Off Skid Row

(Cain Velasquez works hard for his money, so you better treat him right.  Seriously, you better.  Photo courtesy of Fight Magazine’s UFC 104 gallery.)

The official reported salary figures for UFC 104 are in, and as usual they don’t necessarily reflect a final accounting of what each fighter took home, but they provide us with a good idea.  The event itself pulled 14,892 fans into the Staples Center (though one look at Dana White’s video blogs tells us that they weren’t all paying customers) for a net gate of $1,762,549.  As for how that was distributed among the fighters they came to see, well, check it out:

Lyoto Machida: $200,000 (no win bonus)
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua: $155,000
Cain Velasquez: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
Ben Rothwell: $50,000
Gleison Tibau: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Josh Neer: $14,000
Joe Stevenson: $94,000 (includes $47,000 win bonus)
Spencer Fisher: $26,000
Anthony Johnson: $30,0000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Yoshiyuki Yoshida: $12,000
Ryan Bader: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Eric Schafer: $13,000
Pat Barry: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Antoni Hardonk: $16,000
Chael Sonnen: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Yushin Okami: $18,000
Jorge Rivera: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Rob Kimmons: $9,000
Kyle Kingsbury: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Razak Al-Hassan: $3,000
Stefan Struve: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
Chase Gormley: $10,000

Some thoughts and addendums…

Before you accept these as final figures, you have to do a little math: 

- In addition to his meager $14,000 check, Pat Barry also got one $60,000 bonus for KO of the Night, and another $60,000 for Fight of the Night, bringing his grand total to $134,000 for an evening’s work.  Good thing too, since he came into this fight with $0 in his bank account.  Said Barry: “I had nothing sitting in the bank, nothing under the mattress at home, not even a piggy bank; nothing at all. Two days before we got to LA, I was literally eating white rice and ketchup.” [ed. note: Why didn’t you say so, Pat?  We would have bought you an egg roll to go with that, but your pride just wouldn’t allow it.]

- Hardonk also improved his take to $76,000 with his share of the Fight of the Night money, and Stefan Struve upped his pay to $74,000 with a Submission of the Night bonus.

- Anthony Johnson not only got fined 20% of his purse for failing to make weight, he also lost out on an additional $60,000 for KO of the Night because, according to Dana White, he “wasn’t eligible for it" after coming in heavy.  That must be a new rule, because we seem to remember Thiago Alves missing weight against Matt Hughes at UFC 85 and still getting the KO of the Night bonus.

Overpaid: Joe Stevenson.  We hate to say it because he’s a hell of a nice guy and he’s been around forever, but it’s hard to see how Stevenson walks away with nearly six figures when an exciting fighter like Anthony Johnson is making fifteen and fifteen.

Underpaid: Cain Velasquez.  He’s one of the most exciting young heavyweight prospects the UFC has, not to mention their best chance yet to capture a bigger share of the Hispanic market, and he makes less in guaranteed money than the guy he beats (and Joe Stevenson)?  That ain’t right.

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Frank Dux- October 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm
"Last time I checked, $70,000 is not exactly pocket change. In fact, that's more than a lot of people make in a year...."

Lysol, when was the last time 15,000 people showed up and a couple million tuned in to see any of those people who don't make that in a year do *their* day job? LOL

@kid dinomite - latin? where I come from we're either latino or hispanic. Isn't latin the language of the vatican?
Jiujitsuking88- October 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm
Totally UNDERPAID. Although $200,000 that went to Machida to a regualr person is a lot of money to a professional athlete it sucks. For example Oscar de la Hoya, Floyd Mayweather etc. were pocketing between $3-$10 million dollars a fight, like thats insane. MMA fighter wouldnt make that in their fight career. I think Dana should stop being so stingy and at least pay his fighters better although boxers are overpaid I think somewhere in the middle would be good. What you ppl think?
pooperoni- October 28, 2009 at 9:28 am
What's up with all of the weird screen names? Lysol? 4th and Schlong? Why can't everyone just follow my example and class this site up a little.
MMAMoneyLine- October 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm
Dear Anthony,

I owe you about 2,000 cases of beer.

Lysol- October 27, 2009 at 8:22 pm
Last time I checked, $70,000 is not exactly pocket change. In fact, that's more than a lot of people make in a year. Just throwing it out there...
4th and Schlong- October 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm
Where I come from 70,000 Dollars is a hell of allot of Money. If you fight 3 times a year making that kind of scratch, and win, then you are making over 200K a year. That's not including sponsor money, endorsements/appearances, and the fact that your per fight earnings will increase as your worth increases from winning.
Look at what lavish pay days have done to other sports. I am not saying they don't deserve more, but there is something to be said for modesty in athletes paychecks. That being said anyone who made less than 15 on the main card or less than 8 on the undercard got pooped on.
Kadumel- October 27, 2009 at 6:52 pm
Give it up loser you will never steal my screen name. Man some people are so unbelievable. How many times do I have to tell you to think of your own name.
Thatsozay- October 27, 2009 at 6:04 pm
OF course thiagger is the first to comment, he just skips right past the article.
knee_strike- October 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm

¿Sí, se puede?

Veremos cuando tu paisano Velázquez lucha contra Lesnar o Fedor . . .
Savage Henry- October 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm
Seriously, who's life did Joe Stevenson save at Zuffa?
Dmonicideals- October 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Yes, leg kicks can finish fights. Cecil was talking out of his ass when he said that.

At what point in the fight did Lyoto fall down and say he can't take it anymore? How many successful TDs did Shogun have after he was brutalizing Lyotos legs? How many in the whole fight? Clealry his "leg-body" and "leg-head" attacks weren't effective enough to do any more than take a little bounce out of Machidas step. He still moved forward in the last round, he wasn't crawling around asking for the ref to stop it.

Both fighters fought very tenatively (well, Lyoto fought like Lyoto) and never made any big push to try to seal the fight. For every minute of that fight they threw pucnhes, there are 2 minutes where they feint, reset, back off each other, reset, feint, reset, rush in, rush out, and clinch and made no real offensive action. There were times when the aggressor in the exchange could have continued his assault, and while he MAY have been adding more risk (god forbid someone gets hit in a fight), he may also have put an end to the fight, or at least made a big enough statement to set him ahead as the clear victor. Neither fight did though. They backed away, reset, hung out, caught their breathe, flapped their arms, flashed some leg, and then thought about maybe trying again.

I'm of the opinion that BOTH fighters lost here. Lyoto allowed his comfort in countering/lack of aggression/patience to tarnish his record, while Shogun allowed the belt slip through his fingers by not being his killer, aggressive self when he needed to be. Yes, I realize that aggression is allegedly bad against Lyoto, but he looked to be holding his own in the exchanges, and after all, his trainer said that he's never been KOed before, so there is no reason to think Lyoto could do it, right? They both only performed at about 75%, so the fault falls on them both for not going in and trying to prove who was the champion.

Tell Pat Berry if he even needs a meal (not that he will now) that he is more than welcome to come have dinner at my pad.

KidDinomite- October 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm
I'm latin and I certaintly dont see anything special about Cain Velasquez. Guy would sit on you for the whole fight and do nothing if he could. Way overrated in my opinion...
parchy mcthirst- October 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm

all that effort into being first and you cant even read...what a poor, illiterate sod you are
dlb- October 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm
Cain Velasquez only pulling down $70,000, or hell even double that, is ridiculous. Dana talks about boxers needing to stop looking for a big pay day and put together better cards? How about everyone meets somewhere in the middle of boxing and MMA?

There is a reason boxers (and really athletes in general) went off the deep end chasing absurd amounts of money. For decades they were used and used by owners of organizations and their own managers. White is heading straight in that direction.

Now I'm new-ish to MMA so I don't know all the $$ numbers BUT $70,000 for a co-main event fighter? That's bush league, not something representing a huge sport.
Contraband- October 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm
Anthony Johnson: $30,0000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
TheRealKadumel- October 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm
Too bad I still can't get my danged screenname back.

If you want to hear something funny, and in re: to the earlier report by whomever it was that leg kicks don't finish fights, go look at Pat Barry's wiki page. He has finished 3 of his 6 mma fights with TKO via Leg Kicks.
LBo- October 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Rumble Johnson needs a bonus like Balloon boy needs more publicity. That whole fucking fight was a bonus. There's parents that give up less of a weight advantage beating their children.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- October 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Did your obsession with having to say "First" making you look like a damn fool make you look like an outright fucking moron by not reading the article to see who won Fight of the Night honors?

Yes. Yes it did. Please kill yourself.
Bob Reilly- October 27, 2009 at 3:39 pm
Hey first, read the article before you post and then ask questions dumbass.
xFenixKnightx- October 27, 2009 at 3:33 pm
Cain serving up a knuckle sandwich in that pic.
xFenixKnightx- October 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm
"I gaurantee you Cains never been hit as hard as I'm gonna hit him."

Mas pUto!

BTW, Si se puede.
Fight Fan- October 27, 2009 at 3:30 pm
Wow. Some paltry sums up there.
thaigger- October 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm

who won fight of the night ?