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UFC 130 Salary List: ‘Rampage’ and Mir Lead the Pack With $250k Checks

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The UFC paid out $1,211,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the fighters at UFC 130, according to new figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The highest paid fighters were headliner Quinton Jackson — whose salary was a flat $250,000 — and Frank Mir, who doubled his $125,000 to-show pay by defeating Roy Nelson. Three other fighters were able to crack the six-figure mark thanks to their $70,000 performance bonuses. The full UFC 130 payout list is below; keep in mind that the figures don’t include deductions for taxes, insurance, and license fees, or additional revenue from sponsorships and undisclosed discretionary bonuses.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Matt Hamill: $32,000

Frank Mir: $250,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus)
def. Roy Nelson: $15,000

Travis Browne: $86,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus, $70,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Stefan Struve: $21,000

Rick Story: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Thiago Alves: $33,000

Brian Stann: $116,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus, $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Jorge Santiago: $106,000 (includes $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Demetrious Johnson: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Miguel Torres: $30,000

Tim Boetsch: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Kendall Grove: $28,000

Gleison Tibau: $120,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus, $70,000 Submission of the Night Bonus)
def. Rafaello Oliveira: $10,000

Michael McDonald: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Cariaso: $4,000

Renan Barao: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Cole Escovedo: $6,000

Underpaid: Every fighter who came from the WEC who’s still making $6,000 or less to-show in the UFC, specifically Demetrious Johnson and that guy who’s undefeated  in his last 27 fights.

Overpaid: Rampage Jackson, who seemed more interested in assaulting members of the MMA media over the last week than putting away the outmatched Matt Hamill. Also, Jorge Santiago fell way short of his hype, but still went home handsomely paid thanks to a generous base salary and an even more generous Fight of the Night bonus.

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Clyde- June 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm
No, jfjjfjff; that isn't really fair either, although that's really a different situation.

Let me put it in this way. I am very good at my job. I am the best person at my job in the company I work for, although there are other people who do the same job. While I am on a higher salary than them, there is no one there, doing the same job, who makes less than 15% of what I do.

Rampage may be better at what they do, but they do both do the same job.
Hesh to Steel- June 1, 2011 at 10:32 am
I know it's all the rage to dog on Nelson these days, but that disparity in pay is just ridiculous. He's fought some pretty high caliber opponents at this point and I dont think he's been finished in any of his UFC appearances. That should entitle him to a bigger payday, especially at BE
SnackDaddy- June 1, 2011 at 8:06 am
Man, some of these fighters are only making six to eight thousand dollars a fight. That's ridiculous. Shows the power that come with being a monopoly.
Jonny5- May 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm
Barao, Macdonald, and Johnson making 5-6K to show demonstrates how far away from being developed BW is. Props to Zuffa for putting 3 BW fights on this card containing 4 of the world's top 15 BWs and giving us the Jorgensen fight in a few days. I don't have any problems with Santiago's purse and believe he put on a good fight against a fast rising MW. Roy Nelson is definetly underpaid but then again we see this for all TUF winners at first but Forrest Griffin made $125K to show + $150K win bonus for his last fight against Franklin so it does get better for TUF winners as long as they can perform well (Sanchez got $160K in bonus money alone for his last FOTN against Kampmann).
TheInfamousRinny- May 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm
While Roy definitely didn't look good, the fact that he got paid so much less to show than Grove, Alves, and Struve had to hurt given his experience. I dont think Hamill was underpaid at 32k, but I hate to see a main event show pay be THAT lopsided.
FightZen- May 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm
Um... Roy Nelson has a TUF contract. He can complain if he wants (or you can complain for him, dingledorks), but he certainly didn't have to compete on TUF, where he was a virtual lock.

Also, to me, it's usually a pretty good sign that you're looking at a mismatch, at least in fight excitement, when "show" money is as lopsided as it was in the Rampage/Hamil fight.
jfjjfjff- May 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm
clyde. do you think its fair that baseball stars get millions while teachers get nothing? people get paid by their draw value, and matt hamil is not entertaining. this is how all sports work, and it isn't a new concept.
halfbreed23- May 31, 2011 at 3:19 pm
Roy is getting some decent back end or he has a bad Big Mac habit.
WK- May 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Page and Mir deserve the 250k.
You have mixed priorities if you think otherwise.
Bob Reilly- May 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Nelson got a shitty 6 figure contract when he decided to go on that shitty show and shit on Kimbo's chest like a shithawk. Should have taken the Golden Shaub route.
Jubbie- May 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm
Probably why he trains in a basement. Not saying that's related to his fat belly but more about that comment from last week's countdown how Mir can afford to train with everyone but he has to stick to his old routine.
Mofo- May 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm
Big Country's pay is a fucking embarrassment to the UFC. TUF 10 champ, not far from vying for the belt. Anyone in the "co main event" HAS to be paid more than that.
DangadaDang- May 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Shit...Nelson only makes 15K? I know he's looked like shit lately, but shit man thats shitty.
Puntoklup- May 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Roy has been on the verge of a title shot twice now and hes still making less than he did in the IFL.. Thats pretty sad.
shevy- May 31, 2011 at 2:37 pm
this site has gone to shit lately with the "journalists" making the average sherdog poster seem positive and well balanced
did i imagine your valentines day story where convicted rapists of mma were jovialy rated on their sex appeal
Clyde- May 31, 2011 at 2:35 pm
I know Hamill isn't a superstar and didn't win, but I think it's pretty unfair that regardless of name value, you get less than a quarter of your opponents to show money.
Kid Clam Curtains- May 31, 2011 at 2:31 pm
Overpaid: Nobody
rampagejaxson- May 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm
In case you still think that Rampage is such a monster harassing every female reporter on earth .... @KarynBryant : Wow! So much reaction 2 the @Rampage4real intv! I make no
claims 4 othr fem reporters, but I never felt threatened or scared. Just havin fun ....
MMAINMYBLOOD- May 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm
^^ Amen, hey Taco do you think they got rid of their edit option too? Sheesh if only Gordon Ramsey knew websites...
Fried Taco- May 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm
The most highest paid... and how much are they paying writers at CP? Talk about being overpaid...