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.