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12-31-2007, 10:39 PM
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| | UFC 79 Salaries: Fighter Paydays Equal a Payroll of Nearly $1.2 Million
UFC 79 Salaries: Fighter Paydays Equal a Payroll of Nearly $1.2 Million -- MMAjunkie.com
MMAjunkie.com (UFC News & Rumors - MMA News - UFC Fighters - UFC Event Recaps and Previews - MMAjunkie.com) has received the list of UFC 79 fighters’ salaries directly from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. |
UFC 79 took place Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Hughes in the night’s main event to claim the UFC’s interim welterweight title, and Chuck Liddell rebounded from the first back-to-back losses of his career with a unanimous-decision victory over Wanderlei Silva.
Liddell was the event’s big winner with a base salary of $500,000, St. Pierre was second with $160,000, and Silva was third with $150,000.
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 79 was a hefty $1,199,000.
The full results as reported to MMAjunkie.com (UFC News & Rumors - MMA News - UFC Fighters - UFC Event Recaps and Previews - MMAjunkie.com) include:
* Georges St. Pierre ($160,000) def. Matt Hughes ($100,000)
* Chuck Liddell ($500,000) def. Wanderlei Silva ($150,000)
* Eddie Sanchez ($46,000) def. Soa Palelei ($5,000)
* Lyoto Machida ($60,000) def. Rameau Sokoudjou ($40,0O0)
* Rich Clementi ($28,000) def. Melvin Guillard ($10,000)
* James Irvin ($16,000) def. Luis Cane ($5,000)
* Manny Gamburyan ($20,000) def. Nate Mohr ($6,000)
* Dean Lister ($22,000) def. Jordan Radev ($5,000)
* Roan Carneiro ($10,000) def. Tony DeSouza ($7,000)
* Mark Bocek ($6,000) def. Doug Evans ($3,000)
All the winning fighters except Liddell received pay that awarded 50 percent “to show” and 50 percent as a “win bonus.” For example, Machida earned $30,000 to show and an additional $30,000 for his victory for $60,000 total. Each of the night’s losing fighters (except Silva) could have doubled his salary with a victory.
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 bonuses paid to some of the main-card fighters who sometimes earn a small cut of pay-per-view revenue. They also do not include other non-disclosed/“locker-room” bonuses the UFC sometimes pays.
In other words, these are simply base salaries reported to the CSAC and do not represent the total amounts earned by each fighter.
The figures also do not include the $50,000 Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night, and Fight of the Night bonuses. Sanchez (knockout), St. Pierre (submission), Liddell (fight) and Silva (fight) each earned an additional $50,000 for the awards.
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