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UFC 132 Salaries: Tito Ortiz Punks Us All

(“What? A businessman is never honest when it comes to money.”)

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:

Dominick Cruz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Urijah Faber: $32,000

Chris Leben: $92,000 ($46,000 win bonus)
def. Wanderlei Silva: $200,000

Dennis Siver: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Wiman: $18,000

Tito Ortiz: $450,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ryan Bader: $20,000

Carlos Condit: $68,000 ($34,000 win bonus)
def. Dong Hyun Kim: $41,000

Melvin Guillard: $64,000 ($32,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Roller: $21,000

Rafael Dos Anjos: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus)
def. George Sotiropoulos: $15,000

Brian Bowles: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus)
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $12,000

Aaron Simpson: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Tavares: $10,000

Anthony Njokuani: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Andre Winner: $14,000

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.”

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TIME_TRAVELER_FROM_THE_FUTURE- July 7, 2011 at 1:09 am
@the silver hawaiian
I think you're underestimating south korea's buying power.
SquidInk- July 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm
Tito Ortiz $450k? What the fucking fuck.
Clyde- July 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm
The feather weights and bantam weights really do deserve more. It's more than I make in a year, but how can a (successfully) defending campion earn less than Siver who's no slouch, but not quite in title contention yet?
thebloc- July 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm
so if I understand correctly the WEC fighter get to fight in the UFC but with WEC can a fucking UFC champion make 20k to show...
NomadRip- July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm
$525k is pretty good. I wonder what his PPV cut was? I'll wait for BG to buy the book and tell me.
Viva Hate- July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Mark my words Tito will hold a title once again very soon. WAR TITO FTW!
FrontKick Dentist- July 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm
450,000 will buy alot of valtrex.
Pen Fifteen- July 5, 2011 at 11:12 am
People seem to be forgetting that Cruz, Faber, et al. are probably still working under their WEC contract. When no one outside of hardcore fans really knows or gives a shit about the lighter weight classes, even a champ like Cruz is in no position to negotiate. Also Bader, as a TUF champ, is locked in to a shitty pay scale for 9 fights, with the tradeoff being he can make a lot more in sponsorship money because he gets guaranteed TV time for all his fights.
taters- July 5, 2011 at 11:05 am
When Tito says he is taking a paycut he could be talking about he might have lost his % from ppv buys. Which could be like 300k-2mil more for him pending the amount of buys.
Machiavelli- July 5, 2011 at 10:49 am
A significant pay cut would be making what Cruz would make for a title defense, $20,000 for the fight with a $20,000 win bonus. That would be a pay cut.

@ExpectJesus Damned right he needs new management, he and Bader both! WTF?
KarmaAteMyCat- July 5, 2011 at 10:43 am
Now Cruz can demand a bigger payday.
ExpectJesusBro- July 5, 2011 at 10:39 am
Cruz needs some new management.
ccman- July 5, 2011 at 10:38 am
I would comment but I'm to busy searching for where we felt bad for tito
ExpectJesusBro- July 5, 2011 at 10:38 am
In Mexico they call "el nino" a small boy.
El Guapo- July 5, 2011 at 10:38 am
And even if Tito did take a big paycut, I'd still say he was playing us with the sob story. He made it seem like he was fighting for Bader money. 450 g's ain't exactly chump change, playas, especially when considering that EASILY makes him one of the UFC's highest paid fighters..
RSparrow- July 5, 2011 at 10:36 am
Bader 20k, that blows
mDino- July 5, 2011 at 10:35 am
wow some of those numbers are really skewed
h.o.n.k.y.k.o.n.g- July 5, 2011 at 10:33 am
That is so shameful, paying the Champ less than half of what Stun Gun makes!
El Guapo- July 5, 2011 at 10:30 am
In Canada, they call second "first".
mmacanada- July 5, 2011 at 10:26 am
I'd say he got the flat fee increase because he lost ppv cuts. Who wants to bet that Tito is about 1 million dollars a fight kind of guy typically? I'd say he took a huge paycut. First!
the silver hawaiian- July 5, 2011 at 10:24 am
Kudos to Stun Gun's manager. Making almost as much to show as Leben. Half as marketable.