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UFC 156 Salaries: Rashad Evans is Officially Overpaid


(Rashad’s best days as a fighter may be behind him, but the man has mastered the art of walking away from fictional explosions.)

Despite what the title implies (or outright states, whatever), I don’t honestly think that Rashad Evans is making more than he is worth at this point in his UFC career. The man is a TUF winner, a former champion, and a relatively marketable draw who consistently resides in the upper-echelon of the division. That being said, when I came across the salary figures for UFC 156 and noticed that Evans had walked away from his unanimous decision loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira with an event high 300K, that was the first thought that entered my mind. I apologize for deceiving you and will see myself out.

But before I go, I’ll say this: The figures for UFC 156 were pretty standard, with everyone not named Chico Camus and oddly enough Ian McCall clearing five figures. I guess it’s hard to consider “Uncle Creepy” a UFC bust when the poor bastard’s making less than the average TUF alum to fight.

The full list of salaries is after the jump, along with our whimsical analysis, so check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section. Per usual, these numbers are void of any locker room bonuses, PPV cuts, training expenses, licensing fees, etc.

Jose Aldo: $240,000 ($120,000 purse/$120,000 win bonus)
Frankie Edgar: $120,000

Rashad Evans: $300,000
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $174,000 ($107,000/$67,000)

Antonio Silva: $70,000 ($70,000 purse/$0 win bonus)
Alistair Overeem: $285,714.29

Demian Maia: $120,000 ($60,000/$60,000)
Jon Fitch: $66,000

Joseph Benavidez: $60,000 ($30,000/$30,000)
Ian McCall: $9,000

Evan Dunham: $46,000 ($23,000/$23,000)
Gleison Tibau: $33,000

Tyron Woodley: $87,000 ($43,500/$43,500)
Jay Hieron: $12,000

Bobby Green: $20,000 ($10,000/$10,000)
Jacob Volkmann: $22,000

Isaac Vallie-Flagg: $20,000 ($10,000/$10,000)
Yves Edwards: $21,000

Dustin Kimura: $16,000 ($8,000/$8,000)
Chico Camus: $8,000

Francisco Rivera: $16,000 ($8,000/$8,000)
Edwin Figueroa: $10,000

Overpaid: Overeem…more like OVER-GREEN, AMIRIGHT?! Seriously though, I’ve got one foot out the door.

I can’t really say that anyone on this list deserves the “overpaid” label (however, the Blackzilians might want to consider lowering their gym fees), although I sure hope Ben Henderson was able to get some of that Frankie Edgar money when he inked a new eight fight deal last month. Dude has been making less than 40K to show until now, and I need to complain about something here to satisfy my blogger-mandated quota. I’d also like to congratulate Tyron Woodley for pulling in damn near 50K to show despite nearly being decapitated in his last fight. Throw in his first exciting finish in over two years and it was a pretty good night for “The Chosen One,” which is apparently his nickname now.

Underpaid: What can I say about Ian McCall that everyone isn’t already thinking? On one hand, “Uncle Creepy” is 0-2-1 since entering the UFC, but at just 9K to show, how much can you really expect from the guy? Hard times, indeed. Speaking of hard times, let’s talk about Jay Hieron. Poor, poor Jay Hieron. “The Thoroughbred” netted just 12K to join the ranks of Tiki Ghosn and Seth Petruzelli on our list of the worst fighters in UFC history. If it’s any consolation prize, he’s probably the best fighter of that particular subcategory. Probably.

-J. Jones

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Pen Fifteen- February 5, 2013 at 8:59 am
"If I had a huge company and 5000 employees, no matter how much I make they are all still gonna make minimum wage..." And that, drano, is why you will never have a large company.
dranokills- February 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm
dude, that is EXACTLY why I could have one. the reality of it is, I could do that and it would work. Big business doesn't get to be that way because it gives a fuck about it's employees, you must live in a fantasyworld.
dranokills- February 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm
The day these fighters get the same kinda money as boxers, nfl players, nba players, is the day I stop watching.
I don't like pro sports because of the money players get, its stupid. so now everyone's rich...who gives a fuck who wins? what are you playing for, a ring? whoooopppeeedeeee shit. to much money, takes the thrill out of sports. I have to care that JDS needed to become champ to support his family, and help children out in brazil, but hey if every fighter is gonna get to be instant millionaire then I don't care who wins or loses. And getting paid like a pro means Issac valley-flag should get a ROOKIE signing deal of 165 million a year and a shoe contract deal.......meanwhile the old fighters are getting slow and are being paid 150K to sit on the bench. Fuck that. ZUFFA is the business, because they make a million doesn't mean anyone else deserves a huge chunk of it. If I had a huge company and 5000 employees, no matter how much I make they are all still gonna make minimum wage, and then the supervisors are make double that, and managers double that. want more money? work your way into it, but don't expect to make more than a normal person who does the same job.
BHOP- February 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm
I'm not seeing anyone who is overpaid to be honest. Live gate for these events is usually in the millions meaning that sponsorships and ppv buys are pure profit. If anything, these guys deserve a bigger slice of the cake but who knows how much these guys make under the table.
SMOOTHchamp- February 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm
Shocked @ uncle creepys pay.
Alan K- February 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm
I think Overeem's pay is like that because he likes it to convert evenly into whatever is is that Dutch people use for money. Blunts or something.
fightfan- February 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm
Rashad overpaid at $300,000. At least he was a Champion. They pay Bisping $350,000 per fight. The highest paid gatekeeper/journeyman. Unreal if he was born in the US, he'd be making half that, probably less
J.Jones- February 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm
@Armfarmer - Yeah, he got KOTN and took home 50k. It was already covered in our aftermath piece so I left it out here.
ArmFarmer- February 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm
Did he at least get ko of the night? I don't see any of the standard bonuses listed here.
ArmFarmer- February 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm
I hope big foot got some kind of locker room bonus..
Fried Taco- February 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm
Some of these are pretty piddly, considering Scott Voss made $10K to show plus $40K win bonus for his UFC debut at UFC 176.
teep- February 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm
Maybe now Rashad can get a office at Zuffa too!
mma4ever- February 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm
The blackzillians are a bunch of has beens. That really were never weres.if u can dig that.
phil-th- February 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm
Whuts up with overeem down to the cent like that
Luke Stone- February 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Seems underpaid still considering they make 100 mill a ppv
amsterdamheavy- February 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm
Ahh, NO. $50 per buy * 1,000,000 = $50,000,000 / 2 = $25,000,000 + Live Gate - Expenses = Profit

They dont sell a million buys every time, and not every buy is $50. PPV $$ are divided 50% between the promoters and the PPV distributers, or thats what Ive heard more than once. Then fighters get paid, include off of PPV buys and undisclosed bonuses...

Im sure Dana and Co. make a shitload of money every event, but it aint no $100M
jimbonics- February 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm
Why no win bonus for Bigfeet?
amsterdamheavy- February 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm
'cause his contract isnt written that way, lots of the Strikeforce guys have straight paydays for showing.
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