UFC 184: Salaries!
Monday, 2 March 2015 | Carl
With a much-needed win – his first in nearly two years – Jake Ellenberger took home an event-high $136,000 disclosed payday at Saturday’s UFC 184 event.
Meanwhile, headliner and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey earned a second-best $130,000 – though she’s likely to earn much more with her undisclosed pay-per-view revenue cut.
MMAjunkie obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission.
The total disclosed payroll for the event, which aired on PPV from Los Angeles’ Staples Center, was $863,000.
The full list of disclosed UFC 184 paydays included:
Champ Ronda Rousey: $130,000 (includes $65,000 win bonus)
def. Cat Zingano: $100,000
Holly Holm: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Raquel Pennington: $10,000
Jake Ellenberger: $136,000 (includes $68,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Koscheck: $78,000
Alan Jouban: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Richard Walsh: $8,000
Tony Ferguson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Gleison Tibau: $50,000
Roan Carneiro: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Mark Munoz: $47,000
Roman Salazar: $8,000
vs. Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000
Tim Means: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Dhiego Lima: $10,000
Derrick Lewis: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Ruan Potts: $10,000
Valmir Lazaro: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. James Krause: $15,000
Masio Fullen: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Alexander Torres: $8,000
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 discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. Additionally, they don’t include any pay-per-view revenue some top fighters receive.
For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out additional $50,000 UFC 184 bonuses to Rousey, Ellenberger, Ferguson and Means, who all earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses (no “Fight of the Night” awards were issued).
In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.