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UFC 155 Salaries: Junior Dos Santos Makes $400,000 the Hard Way

(This guy knows what I’m talking about. / Props: Reddit)

The UFC paid out $1,521,000 in reported salaries and performance bonuses to the fighters at UFC 155, according to figures released today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Leading the payroll was former UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos, who made a hefty $400,000 for his five-round death-march against Cain Velasquez. Velasquez landed in second place with half that total. The only other fighter who was able to crack six figures was Jim Miller, and that’s only when you factor in the $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus he earned for his three-round thriller against Joe Lauzon.

The full UFC 155 salary list is below, via MMAJunkie. Keep in mind that the numbers don’t include additional revenue from sponsorships, undisclosed “locker room bonuses,” or percentages of the pay-per-view that some of the UFC’s stars are privy to, nor do they include deductions for taxes, insurance, or licensing fees.

Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Junior Dos Santos: $400,000

Jim Miller: $147,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Joe Lauzon: $92,000 (includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Constantinos Philippou: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Boetsch: $37,000

Yushin Okami: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Alan Belcher: $37,000

Derek Brunson: $30,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Leben: $51,000

Eddie Wineland: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Pickett: $17,000

Erik Perez: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Bryon Bloodworth: $6,000

Jamie Varner: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Melvin Guillard: $42,000

Myles Jury: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Johnson: $14,000

Todd Duffee: $81,000 ($8,000 win bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Phil De Fries: $14,000

Max Holloway: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Leonard Garcia: $20,000

John Moraga: $87,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Chris Cariaso: $12,000

Underpaid: Jamie Varner. Considering the level of competition the UFC has been throwing at this guy since his return this year — and his tremendous performances in those fights — Varner is a hell of a bargain at just $12,000 to-show. That’s great for the UFC, and not so great for Varner, who finds himself taking home half as much money as Melvin Guillard, who he beat.

Overpaid: After everything that Chris Leben has put the UFC through, does he really need to be paid more in guaranteed money than guys like Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller — who show up in shape for every fight, regularly put on bonus-worthy scraps, and never find themselves in embarrassing steroid/painkiller/DUI scandals? I like Leben too, but $51,000 just to be there? What exactly is he being rewarded for?


  1. ArmFarmer Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 12:45

    Whenever I see a guy like jamie varner getting paid that little I'm reminded why I never considered pro mma a real career choice. The dudes been around a long time, was a wec champ, fights top competition in the top organization... And barely makes enough to pay the bills. By comparison id probably be making like 50 dollars a fight. Id have to fight twice a month just to pay for gym membership...
  2. wwhitekimbo Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 01:26

    Damn ! Jr looks like he should be on faces of meth
  3. Pen Fifteen Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 02:52

    Leben is a guy who stepped in on a week's notice to fight Akiyama, barely two weeks after his fight against Aaron Simpson. This is also the first fight he's been involved with that has gone to a decision in nearly 3 years. Sure, Lauzon should be making more than $27k to show, but to suggest Leben is overpaid is ridiculous.
  4. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 02:54

    Yea I was just thinking that today. To have a good life as an mma fighter u have to be close to the bes,t and u have to be Fairly popular. I mean Tito wasn't doing good for a while, and he wouldn't even co headline a card, but he gets paid more then everyone els on the card. Even ppl like Nate Diaz, ok he's good he co headlines cards, sometimes even main event, but still dosent make enough. He mad like wat 55k for his fight with Ben, that was a title fight main event, and it was on fox. Even Ben he made like 100 k I think, but if he starts losing he'll never make that kind of money again and 100k is good but it's not that much.
  5. boober Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 02:54

    That JDS gif is awesome. I'd love to see that become a regular feature, might even generate site traffic if you guys made them for every fight. (or at least main card and any other notable fights)
  6. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 02:56

    They also get some money from sponsors but I mean if you're not sponsored by Nike it's not gonna be that much
  7. ctastrophe Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 03:38

    None of these guys are overpaid, unless it's in reference to other fighters. Giving Leben 51k to get smacked around is such a paltry amount considering guys like Jeter make that in one strikeout. Sure baseball is more popular than MMA, but it would be comforting to know that guys who risk permanent brain damage make more that athletes in other sports who make millions to ride the bench all season. Hopefully those 'locker room' bonuses are hefty compared to what these guys make on paper.
  8. RearNakedSpoon Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 04:38

    @boober, I agree. The GSP vs Diaz should be a good one for that. Seeing Diaz acting all tough guy before the fight and then round after round you see a more broken spirit, hopelessly locked into a fight that's totally one sided.
  9. anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 06:00

    Life is tough life is tougher when you're dumb as nick n Nate Diaz stay in school
  10. ReX13 Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 06:24

  11. ReX13 Says:

    Mon, 12/31/12 - 06:34

    i say
  12. XENOPHON Says:

    Tue, 01/01/13 - 06:13

    Dana White, and the grilled Fajita bothers made plenty of dough. Somebody around here has got to be smart enough to be able to add up all the revenue streams and subtract the minor costs. When I use the term minor costs, I'm referring to costs associated with paying the fighter's their chump money. Bonus Question: Does the Cain Velazquez barbie doll the UFC sells at Toys-R-Us come with "Brown Pride" on it?
  13. RSparrow Says:

    Tue, 01/01/13 - 11:19

    @Dipset, thanks for your input. It all makes sense now.
  14. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Tue, 01/01/13 - 03:23

    @rsparrow great Contribution To the discussion. Lol retart
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