UFC 148 purses
Anderson Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus) + $75,000 performance bonus = $275,000
def. Chael Sonnen: $50,000
Forrest Griffin: $275,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus) + $75,000 performance bonus = $350,000
Tito Ortiz: $250,000 + $75,000 performance bonus = $325,000
Cung Le: $150,000 (no win bonus)
Patrick Cote: $21,000
Demian Maia: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
Dong Hyun Kim: $44,000
Chad Mendes: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Cody McKenzie: $10,000
Mike Easton: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Ivan Menjivar: $13,000
Melvin Guillard: $72,000 (includes $36,000 win bonus)
Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
Khabib Nurmagomedov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Gleison Tibau: $31,000
Constantinos Philippou: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Riki Fukuda: $28,000
Shane Roller: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
John Alessio: $10,000
Rafaello Oliveira: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Yoislandy Izquierdo: $6,000
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,438,000.
The figures do not represent an accurate assessment of each fighter's income.
Fighters bear significant costs including training expenses, a percentage to management, a percentage to the trainer, insurance, licenses, and taxes.
On the income side, sponsorship money can be a substantial portion, or even exceed the purse from the fight. Further, the UFC often gives out undisclosed "locker room" bonuses for exceptional performance.
Elite level fighters can negotiate a portion of the PPV revenue, which can substantially exceed the disclosed payout. Lastly, many fighters earn income from teaching, from appearances, and in many cases from regular employment in the non fighting space.
Anderson Silva needs to fire his agent and hire Tito Ortiz's agent.
Tito has lost 7 out of his last 8 fights and gets $325K
Silva has won 16 in a row (10 title fights) and gets $275K
Something is wrong...
What's a performance bonus? Is that a new name for fight of the night?