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Old 11-01-2010, 11:36 AM
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Shields sure got pad big for being a UFC rookie. Tito @ 250k? That's just crazy.

http://mmajunkie.com/news/21149/ufc-...on-payroll.mma
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UFC 121 salaries: Brock Lesnar's $400,000 tops event's $1.5 million payroll
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Oct 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm ET

Despite his main-event defeat and losing his heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar was the top earner at this past weekend's UFC 121 event and earned $400,000 of the night's $1.513 million disclosed payroll.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently requested and today received the list of salaries from the California State Athletic Commission.

Tito Ortiz ($250,000), Velasquez ($200,000) and co-main-event winner Jake Shields ($150,000) were other top earners from the card, which took place Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The full list of UFC 121 payouts included:

Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Brock Lesnar: $400,000

Jake Shields: $150,000 ($75,000 win bonus)
def. Martin Kampmann: $27,000

Diego Sanchez: $100,000 ($50,000 win bonus)
def. Paulo Thiago: $18,000

Matt Hamill: $58,000 ($29,000 win bonus)
def. Tito Ortiz: $250,000

Brendan Schaub: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $67,000

Court McGee: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Ryan Jensen: $10,000

Tom Lawlor: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Patrick Cote: $21,000

Daniel Roberts: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Guymon: $8,000

Sam Stout: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Taylor: $16,000

Chris Camozzi: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Dongi Yang: $8,000

Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Yvel: $30,000

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. They also do not include any other "locker room" or special bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include portions of the pay-per-view revenue that some top-level fighters receive.

For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out $70,000 UFC 121 bonuses to Velasquez (KO of the Night), Roberts (Submission of the Night), and Sanchez and Thiago (Fight of the Night).

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

For complete coverage of UFC 121, check out the UFC Events section of MMAjunkie.com.
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:59 PM
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Should just cut Tito and spend the extra 250k+ on some more deserving fighters.
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Tito got a quarter of a mil? Holy cow!



I'd much rather see about 50% of that purse spread out between Brendan, Tom Lawler, Matt Hamill and the other prelim fighters. Sheesh. I mean, I knew Matt would kick his a$$ but I would rather have seen Hamill matched up against someone who isn't a washed out creep like Tito. Does Dana really think he's that much of a draw? IS he that much of a draw?

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It does seem wrong that Tito got more than Cain. I think Matt Hamil and Martin Kampmann should have gotten more.
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Tito was very big in growing the UFC, so I can somewhat understand Dana paying him that high. Stephan Bonnar is another example of that.
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Tito was very big in growing the UFC, so I can somewhat understand Dana paying him that high. Stephan Bonnar is another example of that.
Well, that's a good point, rockdawg. Of course, I like Stephan so I don't begrudge HIM the $$.
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It does seem wrong that Tito got more than Cain.
I think so too, Bonnie.
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I don't have any problem with Tito making 250k.

What is a shame is that on the biggest stage in MMA, we still have fighters making peanuts BEFORE taxes, and BEFORE they even pay their corner-men and other expenses.

How can some of these guys be expected to excel as professional fighters when the biggest stage in the sport pays them slave wages? It's gotta be hard to train full time, at a good gym with good equipment, when you have to work a regular job just to make ends meet. Then, on top of it, Dana/Zuffa come along and ban these guys sponsors in the interest of "brand protection". It's gotta be hard to stay focused on your opponent knowing that win/lose/draw, you are still gonna be broke. It would be one thing if this was some B or C-level promotion for up and comers, but this is the UFC and it's a shame they treat some fighters that way.
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This is one instance where the UFC should be more like boxing. Dana White is worth over 200 million, which is what he's made in the last 5 years. The fighters making a few thousand, and even the top guys don't get paid 10% of what they should!

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I don't have any problem with Tito making 250k.

What is a shame is that on the biggest stage in MMA, we still have fighters making peanuts BEFORE taxes, and BEFORE they even pay their corner-men and other expenses.

How can some of these guys be expected to excel as professional fighters when the biggest stage in the sport pays them slave wages? It's gotta be hard to train full time, at a good gym with good equipment, when you have to work a regular job just to make ends meet. Then, on top of it, Dana/Zuffa come along and ban these guys sponsors in the interest of "brand protection". It's gotta be hard to stay focused on your opponent knowing that win/lose/draw, you are still gonna be broke. It would be one thing if this was some B or C-level promotion for up and comers, but this is the UFC and it's a shame they treat some fighters that way.
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I don't have any problem with Tito making 250k.

What is a shame is that on the biggest stage in MMA, we still have fighters making peanuts BEFORE taxes, and BEFORE they even pay their corner-men and other expenses.

How can some of these guys be expected to excel as professional fighters when the biggest stage in the sport pays them slave wages? It's gotta be hard to train full time, at a good gym with good equipment, when you have to work a regular job just to make ends meet. Then, on top of it, Dana/Zuffa come along and ban these guys sponsors in the interest of "brand protection". It's gotta be hard to stay focused on your opponent knowing that win/lose/draw, you are still gonna be broke. It would be one thing if this was some B or C-level promotion for up and comers, but this is the UFC and it's a shame they treat some fighters that way.
I'm just saying Cain definitely should have made more than Tito and some of the other salaries seemed low to me. I agree with you totally on these fighters' wages especially with Dana and the UFC squeezing every dollar they can from their sponsors, their dolls, etc... I understand it's a business, really I do, but some of the stuff they do that takes money away from the fighters, to me, just comes off as greedy! That's why with businesses, competition is a good thing. The UFC needs some good strong competition.
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