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Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale Payouts and Bonuses


(Shhh…go to sleep.  Gif thanks to Smoogy on the UG.)

Dave Kaplan is officially the luckiest son of a bitch on last night’s Ultimate Finale card.  For getting his ass handed to him by Junie Browning in the evening’s first televised bout he received a $25,000 bonus for “Fight of the Night,” as did Browning. 

Not that it was a bad fight by any means, but neither was it exhilarating or even all that competitive, unless Dana White is really that impressed by a guy willing to keep trying the same straight foot lock that only works on BJJ blue belts and Tim Sylvia.  If you ask me (and you kind of did, by virtue of coming to this website and reading this far, sucker), White wanted to reward Browning for showing up and appearing to have his shit together, and Kaplan’s pockets got fatter just by being in the way.  As long as the check clears, “Diamond” Dave can’t complain.

The Knockout of the Night bonus obviously went to Anthony “Rumble” Johnson for putting his shin across Kevin Burns’ jaw and reminding us all that sleep truly is the cousin of death.

Krzysztof Soszynski (K-Sos to the Potato Nation) pocketed 25 grand for Submission of the Night after wrenching Shane Primm’s shoulder all out of shape.

Full disclosed payouts and analysis of said payouts from last night’s event are after the jump.  Won’t you join us?

Figures courtesy of MMA Junkie:

Efrain Escudero: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Phillipe Nover: $8,000

Ryan Bader: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Vinny Magalhaes: $8,000

Wilson Gouveia: $36,800 (includes $18,400 win bonus)
Jason MacDonald: $35,200 (includes $9,200 of Gouveia’s purse)

Anthony Johnson: $43,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus and $25,000 KO of the Night bonus)
Kevin Burns: $7,000

Junie Browning: $41,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus and $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Dave Kaplan: $33,000 (includes $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Krzysztof Soszynski: $41,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus and $25,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
Shane Primm: $8,000

Eliot Marshall: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Jules Bruchez: $8,000

Shane Nelson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
George Roop: $8,000

Tom Lawlor: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Kyle Kingsbury: $8,000

Roli Delgado: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
John Polakowski: $8,000

Total: $289,000

Overpaid: No one, really, since the show and win money was the same for all the TUF guys across the board.  We’ve already mentioned Kaplan’s good fortune, but that’s just the way it works sometimes.  Gouveia’s decision to miss weight was a costly one and MacDonald profited, but you can’t blame anyone but Gouveia for that.

Underpaid: Anthony Johnson.  How does a guy in his fifth fight with the UFC make nine and nine, while reality show “stars” like Jules Bruchez and Shane Primm make eight and eight?  That’s a sad state of affairs right there.  I could also point out that Kevin Burns made less than even the TUF losers to get his jaw jacked, but I won’t.

P.S. In case you’re curious, Roli Delgado finished Huggin’ John Polakowski via second-round guillotine choke, while Tom Lawlor and Shane Nelson both notched decisions.

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Kadumel- December 15, 2008 at 10:33 am
Kadumel- December 15, 2008 at 10:27 am
alert(How did you do that)
Anonymous- December 15, 2008 at 10:13 am
alert('Yes, get him!');
Dr.- December 15, 2008 at 8:50 am
Hey Burns, I guess Rumble decided to stand there with you. Hope the nap was pleasant and relaxing. At least you don't need fucking eye surgery after.

Maybe you should have employed more finger strike-pokes.
Myke O.- December 15, 2008 at 5:43 am
nice Nas ref. i'll give u props on that alone!
Bas Rutten- December 15, 2008 at 4:16 am
8 and 8 is a pretty good paycheck for just starting out, better then alot of people fighting on the ppv's
Todd the Angry Armchair Fighter- December 14, 2008 at 11:10 pm
$33,000 ????

Apparently Chugging Man-squozen sushi is profitable, proving once again the real money is in gay porn eh?
hangnail- December 14, 2008 at 7:45 pm
rummble looked good but he stilll hasn't fought anyone worth mentioning, tommy spear was a joke, everyone saw that kick coming for burns since last fight except burns. I know it can't happen now but I would like to see him face duane ludwig, then maybe see heavier comp from there on out.
Anonzzzzzzzz- December 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm
I cracked up when K-Sos did the Ricky Bobby thing with his hands while getting interviewed, Joe Rogan is too much of a dumb fuck to realize what he was doing though.
Anonzzzzzzzz- December 14, 2008 at 7:03 pm
also when Kaplan came out to Tenderness by General Public, i was pissing myself.
Anonymous- December 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm
Fuck you Danna... fuck Penn too ...make Junie fight Sean Sherk..hehehe.. that my friends would be a nice fight !!!
bold- December 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm
why the fuck is junie making more than jason macdonald
Dana White- December 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm
You fucking retards will watch who I want you to watch. If boxing has a bunch of paper champions and matchups based on revenue, then that is some bullshit. But if UFC pushes certain guys based on crowd reaction and revenue, like Lesnar and Browning, then fucking eat it. If my BFF Chuck can't be champ anymore, than Junie will be. Look for Junie V Penn at UFC 97.
Dagnut- December 14, 2008 at 5:04 pm
What Mir saw in Kaplan I'll never know..I was cracking up laughing at his attempt at a ankle lock.
I'l have to hold my hands up regarding Browning, I slated his skills on a couple of articles but he looked much better last night.
Derly- December 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm
@The 3rd Diaz
Nover wasn't going for a gogo, his body wasn't high enough up, and he was more trapping E.E.'s arm than trying to pull his shin across. It was definately an omaplata attempt, although could have become a gogo, it was a lot closer to a omaplata attempt. And it wasn't lay and pray that saved Escuerdo, that was submission defense. His arm was pretty tightly locked into that omaplata, and he held onto Nover's other leg real tight to make sure Nover wouldn't roll out an start cranking his shoulder/arm. As far as "another wrestler" I half agree with you. However, as stated above that is what mma is, a combination of set skills tested against each other. Escuerdo controlled that fight the entire time, and even on the standup was winning.

I'm also very glad that Rumble got his win. I really wish he also would have gotten his other fight overturned as a "no contest," because I know I would hate having that loss on my record for a reason like that. I really wished that Burns would have broke his hand again before he went to sleep. But seeing Johnson's shin straight across Burn's chin made me happy.
BigMark- December 14, 2008 at 4:02 pm
Junie is in there because people love to hate him. I know I do. He is a spoiled little punk. I did see a big change in him for this fight, he was in control, prepared, and sharp. A lot different from what we saw on the show. If he keeps it up, I might start to like him. He has good instincts, lets see him get some class and experience and you never know. Either way, people want to see him fight.

Odds on him making it through two more fights with class... about 12.8 percent.
Anonymous- December 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm
does anyone know where I can find the rumble vs burns fight.... It's not on mma-core (they have it listed, but it's the wrong fight). I was out last night and expected it to be easy to find online.
Anonymous- December 14, 2008 at 3:21 pm
man ... i was a lil disappointed in Jason the athlete MacDonald
gesus- December 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm
man, im so pleased with the rumble v burns fight...
and?- December 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm
i don't give a fuck how improved junie is or about his lame ass apology. he's a loser and a nutjob. is the ufc really hurting for fighters so bad that they want him? he got way overpaid and that fight was mediocre. i hope he gets rocked in his next fight and goes away. he really fucked up this TUF season for sure.
Anonymous- December 14, 2008 at 2:13 pm
nice Nas refrence
JimmyOzone- December 14, 2008 at 1:38 pm
Rumble is huge for welterweight...id like to see him fight the pitbull if he can get another solid win or two
TwinCityTapout- December 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm
Kaplan looked like he was trying to give Junie a foot massage, instead of tapping him out.
mma-pro- December 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm
i knew bader was gonna win this thing from the start. hes a good wrestler that has ko power.
Fenix- December 14, 2008 at 1:31 pm
Thanks Ben, I was curious.
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