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UFC on FOX 5 Salaries: Ben Henderson Needs to Hire Mauricio Rua’s Agent, Like, Pronto

(I had to downgrade from my platinum toothpick for this shit?!) 

The UFC recently released the figures for UFC on FOX 5, and suffice it to say, it pays much better to be a fading legend than it does a rising star, or a lightweight champion for that matter (Author’s note: I guess Bisping was right after all *dials revolver*). Check out the full list of figures below, then get our thoughts on the matter after the jump.

Benson Henderson: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Nate Diaz: $50,000

Alexander Gustafsson: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Mauricio Rua: $175,000

Rory MacDonald: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $150,000

Matt Brown: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Swick: $48,000

Yves Edwards: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Jeremy Stephens: $24,000

Raphael Assuncao: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Easton: $14,000

Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Proctor: $8,000

Daron Cruickshank: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Henry Martinez: $8,000

Abel Trujillo: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Marcus LeVesseur: $8,000

Dennis Siver: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
def. Nam Phan: $10,000

Scott Jorgensen: $41,000 (includes $20,500 win bonus)
def. John Albert: $10,000


Overpaid: Is Nate Diaz really so hot of a commodity that he deserves a higher show rate than the champion of the division? Methinks not, homie. We’re also kind of shocked that Mike Swick, who has fought just twice in the past ever, is still making damn near 50k to show. And that takes us to our next item on the agenda…

Underpaid: Look, we know these figures are void of any locker room bonuses, end of the night bonuses and yada yada, and we know that Ben Henderson doesn’t exactly deserve the kind of money a legend like Shogun makes per fight, but come on. Forty thousand to show for a champion is absolute rubbish. Nick Diaz throws more dough at freakishly deformed homeless people on his way to the airport for fuck’s sake. But like we said, we’re pretty sure Bendo got a stack of undisclosed cash so high that not even Rain Man could count all the toothpicks he plans on purchasing.

-J. Jones

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cman- December 13, 2012 at 8:50 am
You know ya negotiate a contract, you earn what it says you earn. Over/under paid doesn't matter, YOU signed it.
And Zuffa has said many times their fighter payroll is closer to the 50% mark. Even from a fox show which doesn't get PPV money (which my understanding headliners get a piece of, and champions do as well).
If you want a better idea, remember when Maynard said losing his title shot cost him millions? What were Edgar's 'career' earnings? I'm pretty sure these guys make ALOT more than these numbers.
blaphtome- December 13, 2012 at 8:42 am
Meanwhile Dana's prolly worth a couple hundred million.
J.Jones- December 13, 2012 at 7:34 am
@blackbox - Yeah, I might've misspoke a little there. I'm not saying he's overpaid on his own, but when he makes more to show then the champ, something is definitely wrong.
blackboxmma- December 13, 2012 at 7:22 am
Its Nate’s 17th fight in the UFC you think he is over paid?
Alan K- December 13, 2012 at 6:25 am
Is Ben still fighting on the contract he had before he was champion or has he gotten a new one yet?
RSparrow- December 13, 2012 at 1:50 am
Danga, Uh oh,.. you used the word "Rainman". You must have sold your soul to the devil like all the rappers.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

700k times $50 is $35,000,000.00. If you are trying to estimate total revenue you have to consider that the UFC has its own sponsorship contracts, license fees from fighter's sponsors, and the live gate to supplement the PPV sales. I saw an article on MMApayout where Dave Meltzer estimated the UFC pays roughly 28% of revenue to its fighter payroll. Considering a good PPV show probably nets close to $50,000,000,00 that 28% could be a very sizable sum. Disclosed payrolls are usually closer to 2-4 %.

Also fighters that have been with the promotion longer and have renewed their contracts several times make more money. If people are in a good position when they renew their contract they get a raise and those raises accumulate. Take Nate Diaz for instance: 17 UFC fights, 2 WEC fights, and nine career bonuses with the UFC. Whenever his contract comes up he is probably in a relatively strong bargaining position. Other people come from somewhere else in a strong position (Lombard, Toney, Slice) and are able to secure a high initial contract. I'm sure winning and retaining the belt comes with financial rewards that are not explicitly disclosed. I'm not trying to stick up for the UFC but I don't think that anybody outside of the game has a very good idea what exactly is going on because the participants are so secretive.
Joedirt- December 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm
I don't think there are any "undisclosed locker room bonus's"... I think it's all a smokescreen. The last ppv pulled around 700k views at around $50 a piece. I bet their total payout was under 2million. Almost all of their fighters are underpaid.
dipsetkilla316- December 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm
Wow i just hurd dennis siver is gonna fight get this cub fucking Swanson. Can u say fight of the fucking year
teep- December 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm
I think Benson should get a double win bonus. One bonus for winning and one for winning with a toothpick in his mouth.
Pen Fifteen- December 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm
Think about it this way: Bendo only makes 8k more to show than Dennis fucking Siver, a guy who fights in a weightclass below him and has never even had a whiff of a title fight.
wwhitekimbo- December 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Truly amazing how little these guys get paid considering how much they invest in what they do
Madson- December 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm
In fact, Diaz is not overpaid, it's Henderson who's underpaid as a champ.

Yves Edward is in the business since fifteen years, even if he is not the most successful fighter of the business, I think he deserve more. If Shogun deserve that much, Yves could get ?

Fried Taco- December 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm
I would hate if some young newcomer at my job was making as much or more than me, no matter how damn good he is at putting the fries in the fryer!
Mr_Misanthropy- December 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm
I said GOLDEN brown!