When Tito Ortiz revealed last week that he was taking “a big, big, big pay cut” to stay in the UFC to get one last kick at the cat against Ryan Bader at UFC 132, we almost felt bad for the former UFC light heavyweight champ, what with his child support payments and the custom made hats he has to have made and whatnot. Being Tito ain’t cheap. Well, it turns out “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was just playin’ us. He actually made more for the bout than he did his last few fights.
According to the figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (courtesy of MMAJunkie), Tito took home a $450,000 flat fee for his first-round submission win over Bader. He made $250,000 in his UFC 121 loss to Matt Hammil as well as his UFC 106 loss to Forrest Griffin.
Math, how does it work?
In his defense, maybe he used to receive a portion of the pay-per-view revenue and opted to forgo the percentage to keep his job. We’ll have to wait a couple years to read the details in his inevitable tell-all book.
Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva ($200,000) were the top earners on the card, accounting for 50.9 percent of the $1, 277,000 disclosed payroll.
Here’s the full list:
Chris Leben: $92,000 ($46,000 win bonus)
def. Wanderlei Silva: $200,000
Tito Ortiz: $450,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ryan Bader: $20,000
Aaron Simpson: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Tavares: $10,000
Jeff Hougland: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
def. Donny Walker: $6,000
In addition to the figures above, the UFC handed out additional $75,000 bonuses to Condit for “KO of the Night,” Ortiz for “Submission of the Night” and Cruz and Faber for “Fight of the Night.”