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“Unfinished Business” Fighter Salaries Released

(Antonio “Bigwallet” Silva does work. Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

The California State Athletic Commission has released salary figures for EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event on July 26th. The numbers are below, and don’t include undisclosed bonuses, sponsorship payments, or deductions for insurance and taxes.

Antonio Silva: $200,000 ($100,000 to show, $100,000 to win)
Robbie Lawler: $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win)
Nick Diaz: $60,000
Jake Shields: $45,000 ($35,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Nick Thompson: $25,000
Justin Eilers: $20,000
Rafael Feijao: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Scott Smith: $14,000
Thomas Denny: $8,500
Shayna Baszler: $8,000
Cristiane “Cris Cyborg” Santos: $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Anthony Ruiz: $5,001 ($2,001 to show, $3,000 to win)
Wilson Reis: $5,000 ($2,500 to show, $2,500 to win)
Travis Galbraith: $5,000
David Douglas: $4,000 ($3,500 to show, $1,500 to win)
Carl Seumantafa: $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 to win)
Drew Montgomery: $3,000 ($1,500 to show, $1,500 to win)
Marlon Mathias: $2,500
Jeremy Freitag: $2,500
Brian Caraway: $2,000
Brandon Tarn: $2,000
Mike Cook: $2,000
Total: $533,501

Underpaid: Theoretically, it’s nice that Jake Shields gets the majority of his salary guaranteed, but since he never loses he’s basically being screwed out of twenty grand every time he fights. Hopefully Scott Smith is getting a locker-room bump for starring in two title fights on CBS within seven weeks, and hopefully Cris Cyborg — who’s now the most buzzed-about female fighter in MMA — can renegotiate her contract to something respectable after her demolition of Shayna Baszler.

Overpaid: Antonio Silva is certainly worthy of a large payday, but it’s strange that he took in so much more than everyone else, considering he’s still not a popular draw and was stuck on a barely-watched Showtime undercard. Props to his manager, I guess.

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IA- July 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm
Everyone bags on how "little" the UFC pays its fighters but I've never seen anyone get paid less than 3 grand on any recent UFC card. I just expected Elite XC to get the same amount of criticism over fighter pay that UFC gets a la "everyone whose base salary was under $8,000 can be considered 'pathetically underpaid'" from the "Full Salary Payouts for Silva v. Irvin" article...
budgetmmafan- July 30, 2008 at 4:56 pm
EliteXC had their highest paid guy fighting on the undercard? Damn! And, I thought their CBS event was embarrassing before that.

Cyborg being sent back in to "finish" Baszler.
Interviewing Cerano instead of Cyborg after Cyborg's win.
Over-matched fighters (Denny & Thompson)
slapjaw ackrite- July 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm
3500 + 1500 = 4000?
John- July 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm
damn pay is low! Check out affliction pays:
ClownBaby- July 30, 2008 at 1:41 pm
props to Silva's manager? what about Anthony Ruiz's when XC said 2,000 guaranteed he fought for his client and got him 2,001!
Dana White- July 30, 2008 at 12:39 pm
See UFC at least when I pay fighters its what they are worth!!!!!
Man does BigFoot have a huge fucking head or what? Thought that was a tan Tito for a minute!