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UFC on FOX Salaries: “Cigano” Nets $220,000 in Just Over A Minute

(It is a little known myth that if you tickle a Shrexican behind the ear, he will fall under your spell forever.)

The California State Athletic Commission released the official fighter salaries for UFC on FOX earlier today, and if you were a follower of June White’s theory that Dana sold his soul to the Devil for the Fox deal, then this is all the evidence you’ll need. The total (disclosed) fighter payroll came out to exactly $666,000. The proof is in the pudding, folks. Start drafting up your PowerPoint conspiracy reports now.

Snatching up nearly half of that payroll, newly crowned heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos not only walked away with the gold and the glory, but the cash and the girl (Props, Boo) as well. Earning 3,437 dollars per second, Dos Santos collected a $220,000 paycheck that took less effort than a supporting role in an animated kids movie.

The only other fighter even close to Dos Santos in terms of salary was that of his victim, Cain Velasquez, who took home an even $100,000 for his efforts. Check out the full salary list below. Keep in mind, these figures are void of any locker room bonuses, fight bonuses, sponsorships, or any other nonsense.

Junior dos Santos: $220,000 ($110,000 to show, $110,000 to win)
def. Cain Velasquez: $100,000

Ben Henderson: $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
def. Clay Guida: $40,000

Dustin Poirier: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
def. Pablo Garza: $8,000

Ricardo Lamas: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
def. Cub Swanson: $15,000

DaMarques Johnson: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
def. Clay Harvison: $8,000

Darren Uyenoyama: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
def. Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000

Robert Peralta: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
def. Mackens Semerzier: $8,000

Alex Caceres: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
def. Cole Escovedo: $6,000

Mike Pierce: $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
def. Paul Bradley: $8,000

Aaron Rosa: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
def. Matt Lucas: $6,000

Underpaid: Damn near everybody. Look, I understand that this card wasn’t exactly stacked with high rollers or anything, but for being damn near the only player in town, the UFC needs to start showing it a little more. Giving someone six thousand dollars to cover training camps, hospital bills, and personal expenses is ridiculous for the sport’s highest promotion. Except in Matt Lucas’ case. His cut was juuust right.

Overpaid: Cub Swanson, I guess? It’s not that he’s overpaid, per se, it’s just that there is no way he deserves to make more than Pablo Garza and nearly as much as Dustin Poirier, especially considering who his Zuffa record and how this fight ended.


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XENOPHON- November 19, 2011 at 9:05 am
Your right, 100% true. All MMA fighters who oppose unionization based on total revenue streams they alone bring to the table for the promotions are fucking stupid.
Only a handful of fighters earn bigger money - the rest walk, bike, or ride public - ask Karma. In the case of the handful, even looking at these pay-outs aren't making jack-shit.
The now "Pride-less" ex champ - Shrexicain, earned less that a 22 year old computer science graduate from University of Irvine.
I usually agree with J3t most of the time, but not in this case.
Ps..Danga, how can I upload my conspiracy slides to the CP home page?
zhangaaa- November 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Hesh to Steel- November 18, 2011 at 10:18 am
Unless MMA becomes popular enough that its able to switch to network tv only and stops PPV altogether. Which might never happen but would be awesome.
RwilsonR- November 18, 2011 at 8:45 am
^ Exactly, flyinggogo!
flyingogoplata- November 18, 2011 at 8:06 am
You can't compare the UFC to the NBA.
First of all, the NBA is far more mainstream. The league has network television deals in place which amount to over $900 million per year which the UFC does not have.
The NBA puts on over 1200 "events" per year given the 82 game schedule as opposed to less than 50 by the UFC. Most of these individual games bring in more in attendance than a UFC event (with the exception of UFC stadium events and not including Timberwolves games...fuck they're horrible!). So the ticket sales are far more than the UFC.
The NBA also controls the merchandise (jersey sales, etc.) which uses the player names and team names whereas in the UFC the fighters all have different walk-in shirts, hats, shorts, etc.
The bottom line is this...people choose to pursue fighting as a career. They know going into it what the pay is like. If they don't like it, they can go back to school and train for a 9-5 office job, or work in a factory. What I really don't get is why fans are complaining about the pay because guess what...if fighters start getting paid a lot more, guess who's paying for it? You and me through our $79.95 pay per views!
ThePeoplesTroll- November 18, 2011 at 6:48 am
right now the nba players get 57%. and even a shift of like 3% means like 200 million dollars.
KINGMADE- November 18, 2011 at 6:31 am
God damn... danga is fucking retarded. May be the shittiest article ever posted to the potato. Danga... get facts first.. then write story.
amsterdamheavy- November 18, 2011 at 6:18 am
@Pink Pounder -I doubt very much he did. These are just the fight salaries, PPV and back room deals not included. SInce teh champ gets a PPV cut, and Dana said they had to make that up to him (since this wasnt a PPV), you can rest assured that Cain got paid on Saturday. Just to pull a number of out of my ass, say he got another $3-400K
amsterdamheavy- November 18, 2011 at 6:14 am
So.. >33% now equals one half? Fuckin Danga.
Pinkpounder- November 18, 2011 at 5:47 am
Why did JDS get paid more than the champ to show up???
RwilsonR- November 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm
A third string quarterback is part of a team. People go to see a team. If a team could function without the services of a third string quarterback, they would.
SnackDaddy- November 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm
Dustin Poirier is fucking underpaid.
skeletor- November 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm
@Rugger - She certainly is. She ugly enough to be called ugly on an internet forum and it be a fair and accurate assesment, that's saying something.
Rugger- November 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm
JDS might have the belt but his wife is fugly
J3t- November 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm
Mwaaahahahahahaha *disappears in a cloud of smoke*
Xanderschultz- November 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm
Yeah, I guess I'm more concerned about the Matt Lucas's of the world. No one pays a dime to see the third string quarterback but he still makes enough to ensure that fans will see a full time professional athlete if he does hit the field. Really was supposed to be a one off comment but dam J3t dragged me into talking about NBA players for 3 comments
RwilsonR- November 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm
Do we seriously have to have this argument after every event since the UFC started being profitable? People have been following this sport for years still bring this shit up. Why do you even publish the disclosed salaries?
Let me break it down for you - Cain Velasquez did not make $100K. He made much more. JDS did not make $220K. He made much more. Matt Lucas probably did make only $6000, but probably only sold $200 in seats and $55 in PPV dollars.
Danga, you should know better.
Xanderschultz- November 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Touché. My deepest apologies. In the future I will fact check all statistics intended for posts on cagepotato. Would the phrase "in the ball park of 50%" satisfy you, good sir? How about "a lot more"? Can we call a truce?
J3t- November 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm
Xander I don't know if I can believe anything your saying since you give out false information
Dru_P- November 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm
Occupy the Octagon! Seriously. Chael Sonnen is the 1%: white, republican, corrupt, cheater
Xanderschultz- November 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm
Dude, are you serious? Your talking semantics, while furthering my point. So the players are receiving more than 50%? Ok. I'm off by a couple percent. Thank you for showing the even greater disparity than I originally assumed between the NBA's shared revenue that goes to players, and the UFC's that goes to fighters. Seriously, did you not get the gist of what I was saying?
bitteralex- November 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm
damn.. i always wondered why everyone hates on danga...
but yes... 220,000 is nearly a third of 666,000 not one half...
and his hospital bills are covered by their insurance...

that's bush league danga... cagepotato is atleast AA... but not rising prospect paying his dues AA... more 40 year old washout AA
J3t- November 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Either way you're spreading false info.
Xanderschultz- November 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm
Why shutup? Either way my point is still valid that other pro sports leagues share much more revenue. It would be weird if the Ravens or Steelers made tons of money, gave their players a few thousand bucks and told their players to go out and find sponsors to cover their costs to train. It hurts the product as well, when developing guys can't focus 100% on being the best MMa fighter they can be.
J3t- November 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm
Xander, shut up up idiot. The NBA union wants only 47% ?? Hmmm that's strange I wonder why they just REJECTED a 50/50 deal...maybe they feel guilty for being overpaid huh??