UFC TUF Finale Salaries Announced, Faber Tops at $110 K

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The UFC rarely gives the media and fans a glimpse into their books but the numbers were released early today for last night’s “The Ultimate Fighter” Finale. Topping the list was veteran and headliner Urijah Faber at $110K followed by Cole Miller at $42K and Travis Brown at $40K.

The total amount of cash shelled out by the UFC was $508,500. To put that into perspective the event made $569,000 gate  from the 5,549 attendees. This is the norm when it comes to UFC, they rarely pay more in contracts than they take in at gate. Smart business men know how to make money, the best business men know how to keep money. The UFC’s model allows them to pocket TV/internet money from FX, Facebook, and usually Pay-Per-View on top of that.

In addition to the salaries listed below the UFC handed out $200K in bonuses for the night. A system where only one fighter makes over 6 figures and the main draw for the event, Uriah Hall, makes $8K will surely be questioned. The UFC has grown rapidly but they are still behind the curve when it comes to paying it’s fighters their just due.

Here are the TUF salaries according to USA Today & MMAJunkie.com:

Urijah Faber: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Scott Jorgensen: $23,500

Kelvin Gastelum: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Uriah Hall: $8,000

Cat Zingano: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Miesha Tate: $28,000

Travis Browne: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $24,000

Robert McDaniel: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Smith: $8,000

Josh Samman: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Kevin Casey: $8,000

Luke Barnatt: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Collin Hart: $8,000

Dylan Andrews: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jimmy Quinlan: $8,000

Clint Hester: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Bristol Marunde: $8,000

Cole Miller: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Bart Palaszewski: $15,000

Maximo Blanco: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Sam Sicilia: $8,000

Daniel Pineda: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Lawrence: $8,000

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10 COMMENTS

  1. That’s slave wages for a fight sport. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather were arguing about a $40 MILLION dollar purse. That’s what I hate most about UFC. Massa White pays his gladiators chump change. Batiatus would approve.

  2. Floyd just signed a contract for 300 million dollars and MMA fighters call out Boxers. Why not go into boxing. Even boxing scrubs make more than that. Boxers don’t brag about making less than 1 million. You won’t catch a boxer bragging about 900K salaries.

  3. Disturbing info considering the nature of the business and what these young men and women do to make Dana White and his UFC confidants millions. I understand that each fighter knew what they were getting themselves into but I think that a fighters effort, blood, sweat, and tears FAR exceeds what the UFC shells out.

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