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UFC 109 Payouts: Couture and Serra Clean Up

(Serra’s recent training with striking coach Brad Ferro is already paying dividends. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

The UFC handed out $1,184,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses for Saturday night’s show, with Randy Couture and Matt Serra‘s $200,000+ checks leading the pack. Check out the numbers below, and keep in mind that the figures don’t include additional income from sponsorships, undisclosed locker room bonuses, and cuts of the pay-per-view (Couture), or deductions for taxes, insurance, licensing fees, and monthly Life Alert payments (Coleman).

Randy Couture: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mark Coleman: $60,000

Chael Sonnen: $124,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus, $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Nate Marquardt: $105,000 (includes $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Paulo Thiago: $90,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus, $60,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Mike Swick: $43,000

Demian Maia: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Miller: $15,000

Matt Serra: $210,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus, $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Frank Trigg: $30,000

Mac Danzig: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Buchholz: $8,000

Melvin Guillard: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Ronys Torres: $4,000

Rob Emerson: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Phillipe Nover: $10,000

Phil Davis: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Stann: $17,000

Chris Tuchscherer: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Hague: $7,000

Joey Beltran: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Rolles Gracie: $15,000

Underpaid: It’s surprising that a prospect like Phil Davis — with his lofty hype and top-shelf wrestling credentials — was brought in under a $5k/$5k contract, which is usually reserved for guys without many other options. (If Strikeforce didn’t try to pick him up, or if they were outbid at $5,000, they’re fools.) Sucks that he’ll be beating up his next two opponents for the same measly pay.

Overpaid: Rolles Gracie, whose to-show money was three times higher than Davis’s, simply because of his last name. As we saw on Saturday, a legendary lineage won’t prevent you from gassing out completely in the second round.

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Steffmeister- February 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm
At the main event, I thought I'd accidentally pressed my remote's slow-mo. Alas, it was just another episode of the UFC's antiques roadshow...
Under Banga- February 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Nate wtf. You may think you can beat Anderson .Although it now seems you won`t get the chance. Dreams are free.
Bill C.- February 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm
I'm sick of seeing losers of a fight making more money than the guys who beat them. Why not just have set win-loss purses for each bout? For example, with Beltran and Gracie, guarantee the winner $15,000 and the loser $12,000. Why should Gracie have a contract that, no matter if he wins or loses, he would still have earned more than Beltran? And the same goes for Davis and Stann. The UFC should institute loss- and win-specific salaries for each fight and not guaranteed fighter-specific salaries.
Dinksmack- February 8, 2010 at 11:44 am
thats a lot of pasta
Dr.- February 8, 2010 at 11:05 am
@ steampunk22:

Saw that too. Made a definite head scratch on that one. Guess Swick had better representation when contract talks happened. Don't know how many more fights Thiago is contracted to fight at $15K but I'm sure his appearance fee will go up next time they're at the table, if he continues to add Ws - and good ones for that matter.
Numa- February 8, 2010 at 10:52 am
Also... Trigg looks a lot like the guy from Police Academy when he gets his eyebrows shaved...
steampunk22- February 8, 2010 at 10:24 am
I gotta say that Thiago is heavily underpaid, based on those numbers. Take away the submission of the night, and the win bonus, he only got 15k to show. Swick got three times that to show and he was coming off a loss. Hopefully Thiago makes a bit more next time around.
Robocop Didnt Tap- February 8, 2010 at 10:16 am
Beltran should've gotten a bonus for his nickname as well. Mexicutioner is clutch. Much better than his first choice...The Brawling Beaner.
Dr.- February 8, 2010 at 10:05 am
Trigg got tramp-stamped.
As Good As Anyone- February 8, 2010 at 9:53 am
rolles had a lot of holes in his game
iDestroy- February 8, 2010 at 9:37 am
dogpt3- February 8, 2010 at 9:02 am
and lol @ That Guy.
I would have to give him a 0.5 as he at least put in enough effort to gas. I takes a special kind of Susanne to show up to a fight and run away the whole time.
dogpt3- February 8, 2010 at 8:52 am
why the hell cant i login to the fightpicker.... just keeps saying access denied and to clear my cookies.
On a side note its good to see coleman got a little scratch to put gas in his car... I would have loved to see that fight 10-15 years ago. You're a good man coleman
Rampage Rules- February 8, 2010 at 8:45 am
Viva La Mexicutioner
That Guy- February 8, 2010 at 8:29 am
On a scale of Fred Ettish to Kalib Starnes, where Ettish is zero and Starnes is zero, how would you score Rolles Gracie's performance?
Lysol- February 8, 2010 at 7:47 am
Strikeforce may have not even tried to pick up Davis, the UFC offers him only 5k to show, and Brian Stann still ends up making almost twice what he does. My brain is hanging upside down.
robthom- February 8, 2010 at 7:29 am
(insert first name here) Gracie- Shame On The Gracie Name with that poor preformance!
Captain Cannabis- February 8, 2010 at 7:29 am
Did Rolles even have any real bjj credentials to begin with?
Ganja Man 10- February 8, 2010 at 7:05 am
Rolles Gracie- Shame On The Gracie Name with that poor preformance!
agentsmith- February 8, 2010 at 6:52 am
Dana's pretty generous with the old-timer old-school guys... $75K to show for Serra, $60K for Coleman, and $30K for Trigg? I hate to say that's overpaid, but when a top challenger like Nate is only getting $45K, then yeah, that's kinda overpaid.

I guess in Serra's case it's easier to convince your boss to pay you that much when he knows you're only going to fight once a year anyway.
Numa- February 8, 2010 at 6:32 am
OOO... so that's how Triggonomics works....
LastEmperor- February 8, 2010 at 6:30 am
Ronys Torres: $4,000

could have made more on the ultimate fighter.