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UFC 86 Salaries Released; Griffin and Jackson Paid Like Champions

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The official payouts for “Jackson vs. Griffin” are below, courtesy of MMA Weekly. Unless otherwise noted, each winning fighter’s salary represents a doubling of their base salary.

Forrest Griffin: $310,000 ($100,000 base salary, plus $150,000 win bonus, plus $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
Quinton Jackson: $285,000 ($225,000 base salary, plus $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus)
Gabriel Gonzaga: $100,000
Melvin Guillard: $80,000 (includes $60,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus)
Cole Miller: $80,000 (includes $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus)
Josh Koscheck: $70,000
Joe Stevenson: $60,000
Tyson Griffin: $40,000
Patrick Cote: $32,000
Ricardo Almeida: $23,000
Chris Lytle: $14,000
Gleison Tibau: $11,000
Jorge Gurgel: $10,000
Justin Buchholz: $8,000
Corey Hill: $8,000
Dennis Siver: $7,000
Justin McCully: $5,000
Total disclosed payroll: $943,000

Underpaid: Chris Lytle, who was paid a mere $1,000 for every pint of blood he lost against Josh Koscheck. The UFC likely rewarded his gruesome effort with one of those undisclosed “locker room bonuses,” but his base salary still seems a bit low for someone who’s been through so many high-profile wars for the company. Buchholz, McCully, and Siver’s base salaries are hardly worth the time they spent training for their fights — though one could argue that Siver and McCully should have trained a little harder.

Overpaid: Tyson Griffin. As long as you’re unable to finish a fight, you should be getting Jorge Gurgel money.

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Eddie G.- July 14, 2008 at 4:38 pm
The Fertitta Brothers, owners of UFC claim to be receiving offers of $1 Billion +, which they've turned down I believe all these fighters are underpaid for their efforts. The amount of training needed to get in this caliber of condition and skill is just as hard or harder than most sports where the competitors are paid multi-million dollar annual contracts. I hope for the good of the sport that big name sponsors will start backing these fighters to ensure more talent keeps coming into all MMA organizations. In regards to being paid for losing, there can only be one winner for each match. there is no reason that a fighter should not be compensated accordingly for his efforts.
UFC- July 7, 2008 at 8:41 pm
Look at the discrepancies between top dog and n00b! That's insane, I'd still rather take Rush Limbaughs $400m...

+1 for the Gurgel getting his ass kicked reel! Do it!
L Grant- July 7, 2008 at 3:46 pm
LOL @ terrence - Frank Mir...ha ha! Hilarious! Classic line dude.

I think Gurgel is overpaid. He should be paying US to watch him fight. He's such a bum, but I guess as long as you're stroking Rich Franklin's balls you can get a fight in the UFC.

I would LOVE for someone to put together a Gurgel getting his ass kicked highlight reel.
terrence- July 7, 2008 at 7:14 am
forrest griffin is fking overpaid....hes an overrated fighter and i cant believe how much he is praised...he fricken sux and i cant wait until someone with a good ground game submits his @$$....205 lb class sux...the only good fights to watch are welterweights and frank mir (althought lightweights are getting pretty good)
bw@224- July 7, 2008 at 2:03 am
Rampage gpt his butt kicked and I loved it!!!
bw@224- July 7, 2008 at 1:58 am
what about Rampage's comment about the betting his "purse that there fight would not come to a decision"
dyph- July 7, 2008 at 1:50 am
I can't help but sigh...seriously...Gonzaga, 100k...give me a break. I am so glad I didn't bet on this card because I would have lost a fortune on that guy. He was still just riding a fluke win over Mirko, he deserves a loss and a contract closure, or at least has previously. Though by this point my hatred has seated too deeply to ever acknowledge him as having talent.

Besides that; @ all the people crying about Rampage being robbed because the UFC fixed the fight and Dana gets what he wants and the moons weren't aligned and I broke a shoelace before the fight and don't pay a guy 225k to lose. Though it may explain why Page seemed to take the loss so lightly.
Aussiejosh- July 7, 2008 at 1:23 am
these guys train for at least 3 months hard before a fight. Then they step in to the ring on INTERNATIONAL t.v to get punched in the head! They should get paid a minimum $30,000 no matter what!!!! The whole fight card got less then one million! id like to know where the rest went! i know Dana says he employs over 100 people pluss fighters. But them numbers are just bullshit!
dangerfield- July 6, 2008 at 8:59 pm
Cole Miller and Melvin got nice little bonuses. Come in expecting atleast 10k maybe 20k and leave with 80k. Nice
Vrax- July 6, 2008 at 8:45 pm
Nice to see improvement in payouts across the board, all these guys deserve to make a good living. Ok not McCully.
babcock- July 6, 2008 at 8:27 pm
First off, hacksaw you are a hack, slack jawed yokel. youd rather watch elite XC??? you truly are a douche who knows nothing about quality mma. Speaking of FREE QUALITY cards wat about July 19th fight night with Anderson Silva the walking high light real making his 205 debut, Brandon Vera making his 205 debut, where he should have been the whole time and will do well in, and a light weight war that is sure to please with hermes franca and frankie edgar. o not to mention an exciting up and coming knockout artist Anthony Johnson. God damn....UFC is a hack job, i would much rather watch those elite xc sideshows, er i mean fights. whos main events an inexperienced fighter versus and giant retard with a losing record. indeed.......
anyways. wat i originally wanted to say is GOD DAMN! Forrest Griffin making 250000 a fight?? that shit is bananas. I would be mad if i was diego sanchez. one, hes a much more exciting fighter, yes he has the personality of an autistic child, but he finishes fights. AND they keep calling Forrest Griffin "the first, and original Ultimate Fighter" umm...wat about diego sanchez?? i could be wrong but didnt he beat up ken flo first? and was on the same season as the 185 winner. but he doesnt get praised as the original. jus a thought.
ok- July 6, 2008 at 8:25 pm
easy there cagepotato. tyson griffin puts on great decision wins and is always entertaining to watch.
Hacksaw JD- July 6, 2008 at 8:02 pm
is that before or after Uncle Sam gets his taste?

either way, i'd say every last one of them is overpaid, except lytle. this UFC was a hack job. waste of money. i'd rather watch elite xc because at least its for free. if the ufc keeps pumping out cards like this they wont be able to afford a mil in payroll.
hammtron- July 6, 2008 at 7:43 pm
didnt rampage tell forrest he would bet his whole purse that their fight wouldnt go to a decision, and didnt juanito vow to retire if forrest had won...
Than- July 6, 2008 at 7:41 pm
I'm not a big fan of Jorge Gurgel, but I think he was underpaid too,he usually puts on a decent fight, and I thought the his fight on Saturday was very entertaining.
sol- July 6, 2008 at 7:21 pm
i know gabriel gonzaga headkicked sweet irony into Mirko CroCop but at $100,000 for a win(which is more then Koscheck, who has only lost twice), is overpaid imo.

Also, that article you linked with fighters getting 10k base salary, i think that should definitely come into effect, even if they are cans.