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UFC 96 Payouts: Only One Superstar on This Card


(Fight night Danavlog reveals that someone is a little self-conscious about his weight.)

The UFC paid out $762,000 in base fighter payroll for UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio, and they dispersed this money according to their usual principles: from each according to his ability, to each according to his marketability.  Full disclosed payout figures are below.  For a more accurate accounting, imagine Rampage Jackson, Keith Jardine, and Matt Hamill all pocketing an extra $60,000 for their end of the night bonuses:

Quinton Jackson — $325,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
Keith Jardine — $55,000
Shane Carwin — $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Gabriel Gonzaga: $60,000
Matt Brown — $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Pete Sell — $12,000
Matt Hamill — $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus)
Mark Munoz — $12,000
Gray Maynard — $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Jim Miller — $9,000
Tamdan McCrory — $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Ryan Madigan — $3,000
Kendall Grove — $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
Jason Day — $5,000
Jason Brilz — $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
Tim Boetsch — $12,000
Brandon Vera — $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Michael Patt — $5,000
Shane Nelson — $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus
Aaron Riley — $6,000

Underpaid: Shane Carwin.  He fought in the penultimate bout of the night and is making $16,000 to show?  I know he hasn’t been in the UFC that long, but all he’s done is win since he’s been there.  Contrast that with Kendall Grove, who gets $22,000 to show.  You also have to feel bad for Gray Maynard, who just won his fifth consecutive UFC bout and is still making 10 and 10.  Damn TUF contracts.

Overpaid: No one really, but how does Gabriel Gonzaga make more in show money than Keith Jardine?  That may be more of an argument for Jardine being underpaid, particularly after fighting in the main event, but Gonzaga is now 2-3 in the Octagon since his upset win over Cro Cop, and the two wins were against Justin McCully and Josh Hendricks.  He just hasn’t performed like a $60,000 fighter lately.

Kind of Sad/Funny: Note in the video blog that when Dana White rants about the terrible stoppage in the Riley-Nelson bout (and it was a terrible stoppage, which might have set the tone for a terrible faux-stoppage later) he gives the hypothetical situation that includes Riley making ten grand to show and ten to win.  Looks like he was rounding up.  You know, for the sake of argument.

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Ashlee Vance- March 9, 2009 at 7:43 pm
"Only One Superstar on This Card" is the subtitle of most UFC cards.

Mediocre, if even that.


mma-pro- March 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm
nice to see jardine making more then 12000, and carwin only made half of what gonzaga did, thats including his win bonus. that sucks
Daddy Doug- March 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm
These referees must have studied "Refereeing for Dumbies" written by Steve Mazagatti, and illustrated by Corky from life goes on.
Sammich- March 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm
of course that fat bastard is self-conscious about his weight, he is around masculine freaks of nature all day and then eats comfort food to deal with it all.

I have a feeling next time Carwin fights he will more than double his earnings
The Irish Wolfhound- March 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm
Jardine is wayyyyy underpaid, he should at least get more than gonzaga, who got koed from a punch that really didn't seem to have to much power behind it.
Danxxx- March 9, 2009 at 11:56 am
lol rampage won more than all the other fighters combined without bonuses off course.
Terrakilla- March 9, 2009 at 11:46 am
Jardine deserves more and so does Carwin.

For fight of the week, you had to pick a Brown fight from over 3 years ago just to show a loss?! Are you sure that you do not work for Sherdog as well?! Fucking stupid.
MAD MIKE- March 9, 2009 at 11:42 am
if jason day could win he might get more!! that was carwin's third ufc fight so 16k to show ain't to bad. and for rampage if not for him that card would have been for free on spike.
Jenna Jamesons Labiaplasty- March 9, 2009 at 11:32 am
Jason Day is only gettin $5K? That's pretty bad.
someguy- March 9, 2009 at 11:16 am
Paying Shane Carwin only $16,000 to show makes Dana White the new Dean of Mean.
New guy- March 9, 2009 at 10:58 am
gotta keep your loudest fighters happy i guess
Armbreaker- March 9, 2009 at 10:57 am
I am happy to see the positive comments about Keith Jardine. One of the other posts had numerous comments bashing him. He is tough as nails, and he always fights hard. He took Rampage to a decision, and the score was close for the sane judges (omitting Cecil Peoples, of course). Lasting three full rounds with Rampage was more then Wanderlei could do in their last fight and more than Chuck Liddell could do in his two fights with Rampage.
New guy- March 9, 2009 at 10:57 am
Rampage gets 225k to show? He's awesome and everything but look at everyone else... Napao was the next highest paid to show at 60k.....i get it...he's marketable and whatever but hes gettin paid 4x as much as the net higest fighter... is that right?
Justin- March 9, 2009 at 10:43 am
I'm not a Jardine fan, but I think he's always been underpaid.
CanadianProduce- March 9, 2009 at 10:38 am
So if Rampage turns down the May 23 fight with Raschad then Machida gets the title shot. I have Rampage getting schooled by both of these guys. Sucks to be Rampage right now, if he takes the fight too quickly he'll get boned but if he waits he'll have to try to dethrone the "Anderson Silva" that Machida will become if he gets the belt. Machida will shut down the division if he gets on top.
*JR*- March 9, 2009 at 10:34 am
Fighters get underpaid because of something called contracts...im sure Carwin will get top $ when his contract renews and he renegotiates... check out Vera's demotion to the 5 figure salary!...
Cut Is Better- March 9, 2009 at 9:54 am
Rampage dealt Nippletweak it's first lost.
And he still doesn't give a fuck about leg kicks.
Brown Noser- March 9, 2009 at 9:46 am
White should make Lavigne endorse his check over to Brown, since he was doing a better job reffing.
MAD MIKE- March 9, 2009 at 9:43 am
I REALY THOUGHT MUNOZ WAS GOING TO TAKE HAMMIL OUT.
Just Saying- March 9, 2009 at 9:41 am
"Munoz to deaf"

Haha. You're going to hell.
MAD MIKE- March 9, 2009 at 9:41 am
MATT BROWM WAS THE FIGHTER THAT I WAS MOST IMPRESSED WITH. HE CAME OUT GUNS BLAZING AND JUST DESTROYED SELLE. IT'S NOT LIKE SELLE IS A WALK OVER, IN PREVIOUS FIGHTS HE WAS ABLE TO TAKE ALOT OF SHOTS, AND FOR BROWN TO JUST WALK THREW HIM WAS IMPRESSIVE.
RockerAdam- March 9, 2009 at 9:39 am
The Dean of Mean should keep more green.
Stevenah- March 9, 2009 at 9:38 am
Matt Hamill must've made a total of $100000 for kicking Munoz to deaf.
MAD MIKE- March 9, 2009 at 9:38 am
I THINK GONZAGA LOOKED SCARED. WHEN HE GOT CARWIN TO THE MAT HE LOOKED CONFUSED, JUST LIKE WHEN HE FOUGHT RANDY. MAYBE HE CAN ONLY FIGHT THE B LEVEL FIGHTERS!!
Fenix- March 9, 2009 at 9:38 am
Damn almost 400k for Rampage? Thats why Dana loves him. He makes a lot but he gives out the goods! Rampage vs Rashad is gonna be TEH HAWTNESS!!!!!1
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