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UFC 141 Salaries: Don’t Worry, Alistair Overeem Got His Money

(“Go on. Tell me my tie is uneven. I fucking dare you.”)

Before his fight against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 on Friday, Alistair Overeem‘s former management team convinced a Nevada District Court to issue an order that would garnish Overeem’s fight purse pending an ongoing legal battle. (Short version: Overeem and Golden Glory both claim that the other side owes them money.) Luckily for the ‘Reem, the Nevada State Athletic Commission chose to ignore that order:

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer told it was his understanding that the bond was not posted, therefore Overeem received a check for $385,714.28 — his bout fee and win bonus. Overeem will also earn a signficiant portion of UFC 141′s pay-per-view proceeds.

Golden Glory’s legal representation released a statement in response saying that they won’t give up so easily:

This was a short-term possibility that KOI and Golden Glory were prepared for. Seeking the initial writ was merely the first step in a long-term litigation strategy that KOI and Golden Glory will prosecute in Nevada. The writ of attachment remedy remains fully available to my clients and will be sought as to Mr. Overeem’s future pay-per-view payout, which we expect will be more lucrative than his initial fight purse. Rest assured, now that we have had the opportunity to troubleshoot complex international hurdles – and without a long holiday weekend to contend with – future writs of attachment will be utilized to ensure that Mr. Overeem makes good on the commissions owed to my clients and his Golden Glory training team, who helped him achieve the success he now enjoys.

UFC 141′s full list of disclosed salaries and bonuses is after the jump…

Alistair Overeem: $385,714.28 (includes 121,428.57 win bonus)
def. Brock Lesnar: $400,000

Nate Diaz: $149,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Donald Cerrone: $105,000 (includes $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Johny Hendricks: $127,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus, $75,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Jon Fitch: $60,000

Alexander Gustafsson: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Vladimir Matyushenko: $40,000

Jim Hettes: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Nam Phan: $8,000

Ross Pearson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Junior Assuncao: $8,000

Danny Castillo: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Njokuani: $12,000

Dong Hyun Kim: $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
def. Sean Pierson: $8,000

Jacob Volkmann: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Efrain Escudero: $10,000

Diego Nunes: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Manny Gamburyan: $18,000

Total disclosed payout: $1,594,714.28 — 49% of which went to main eventers Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar.

The above figures do not include additional revenue from sponsorships, undisclosed “locker room bonuses”, and cuts of the pay-per-view revenue, or deductions for taxes, insurance, and licensing fees.

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ExcelSlave- January 10, 2012 at 9:59 am
I noticed that a lot of people was talking about Overeem's pay for his most recent fight. I took the time to analyze what his pay would be like over his first 3 UFC fights taking into account different W/L records and PPV buys. He can easily hit $5m. If you are interested in the analysis, you can find it here.
BaghdadBob- January 4, 2012 at 7:22 am
Let me educate you guys. Firstly, the Commission didn't ignore the court, they followed the law because Golden Gloryhole didn't post the required bond to make the order effective.
Based on the press reports (I don't have the time or care to search the actual court docket), there are three obvious reasons that Golden Gloryhole didn't post bond timely or at all: (1) legal malpractice (unlikely but possible), (2) administrative incompetence by Golden Gloryhole (e.g., couldn't figure out how to timely cut a check in the US), or (3) they're so fucking cheap and stupid they never intended to post the bond because they could then loose the bond if Overeem is successful with his counterclaims. My money is on (3).
I never thought I'd be defending Overeem but Golden Gloryhole is starting to sound like M1 Global to me: Money-grubbing scumbags.
Todd M- January 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm
Damn Nate makin that big cash now, you could probably buy a neighborhood in Stockton for that.
danomite- January 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm
Psssst....don't look now guys, but the Reem's girlfriend is giving me the 'fuck me' eyes.
noizy- January 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm
@ mofo & RwilsonR: Or perhaps they just deducated the cost of the iPad 2. :P
RwilsonR- January 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm
@ mofo - nah, I meant my first comment ignoring the fact that you already recognized it was based on Euros.
I think you are prob right about the 300K in Euros when the contract was signed.
macreadysshack- January 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm
Way to read the comments section before posting, 'TheCanadian'. Reem was obviously paid in Drachma.
I don't think any fighter should make less than 15-20k per showing. That's just what it takes to live for 3-4 months. Does the UFC really want its up and comers working part/full time jobs to the detriment of their skillsets/conditioning?
TheCanadian- January 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm
Whats with overeems purse going right down to cents? Was it really necessary to get that extra 28 cents on the end of your 385,000 purse?
RaginAsian- January 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm
That's probably the biggest tie they had, still 2 feet too short for his tree trunk neck.
mt59801- January 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm
The salaries do seem low, but then a good portion of america is working 5 days a week for 30k or less. So even the low 8k payout is still over 2k a month (I'm basing that on a 3month camp). I know they have management and trainers to pay but we're only seeing the event payout not the "backroom bonus" , sponsorships and other sources of income from being on the UFC roster. I would let 4 or 5 of you guys hit me for 15 minutes for 8k.
Mofo- January 3, 2012 at 11:17 am
385714 US dollars = 296383.7947 euros
296? I bet it was 300,000 Euros when they created the contract.
Mofo- January 3, 2012 at 11:01 am
@Rwilson - dunno if my comment came across right: wasn't being sarcastic, I really didn't think of the fact that the exchange rate would have changed, which totally explains the mystery. D'oh! Damn my monkey brain.
Steve W- January 3, 2012 at 10:54 am
There are certain people who just look comical when wearing a tie. Jeff Ross once made a joke about Patton Oswald being one of those people.

Alistair Overeem is also one of those people.
overeems_needle- January 3, 2012 at 10:38 am
Hey! Has anyone else noticed the bottle in that picture? Is that vodka? If so... That little chick with The Reem is a G!!! Big ass glass of straight vodka & a big ass horse penis for dessert!
RwilsonR- January 3, 2012 at 10:25 am
Sorry mofo... didn't read read your whole post the first time. Was distracted catching up on some work and responded without reading everything.
Mofo- January 3, 2012 at 10:16 am
"The exchange rate may have been different"
You are clearly a smarter man than I. What are you doing on this website?
RwilsonR- January 3, 2012 at 9:58 am
The exchange rate may have been different when they decided the contract.
RwilsonR- January 3, 2012 at 9:57 am
@ mofo - sometimes fur'ners have contracts written to reflect amounts in their local currency. I've seen it before with some Japanese fighters in the UFC. So it is probably a contractual amount in Euros, then converted to dollars for NSAC records.
overeems_needle- January 3, 2012 at 9:04 am
The "Fighters Union" is on it's way. Coming up with the structure for such a thing takes time and lots of lawyers. 2013... It will be here wether the Fertitas want it or not.
FedorSucksDonkeyDick- January 3, 2012 at 8:57 am
FedorSucksDonkeyDick- January 3, 2012 at 8:56 am
Damn shes the size of horse meets left nipple
Sloppyspray- January 3, 2012 at 8:52 am
@Malibu - The problem is that they are really only driving the hardcore fans. The average person isn't buying the PPV b/c he thinks the undercard fights will be good, it's because they know the main event fighters. I have friends who are, I would say, about the average MMA "fan" (which are really just UFC fans) and they only knew Overeem was b/c of the commercials, didn't know who Cerrone was, only knew Nate b/c he's an asshole and Nick an asshole and their association, and were referring to Hendricks as "That guy with the big beard." The average fan just really isn't to in-tune with the whole fight game and the fighters.
Sounds like GG is still butt hurt and want to ride off of Overeem's coattail. "...who helped him achieve the success he now enjoys": says it all. (But, if he does owe them money for training and what not that he is contractually obligated to pay then he should.)
Mofo- January 3, 2012 at 8:50 am
What's with the Reem's amounts? I thought it would be a nice round number in Euros but here's what google tells me:
385714 US dollars = 296383.7947 euros
I haven't seen any article anywhere explain the random amounts.
TheWarsawExpress- January 3, 2012 at 8:46 am
$6000 is what Alex Rodriguez gets paid per breath.
google- January 3, 2012 at 8:41 am
you guys are fools. Zuffa wont even let a union in there Casinos. you think they will let there fighters get one? there are plenty of lower tier guys out there waiting to get in the UFC, and the top guys have no use for a union, because they get paid well. And, keep in mind, these figures never tell the whole story, as there are no "locker room bonuses" in them. we have no idea what they really make after that and there sponsorship cash.