MMA Fighting for a Living

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  1. GSPFAN

    GSPFAN New Member

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    What are your guys thoughts...

    How many of you compete for cash at events? If you have what kind of cash have you typically seen? I understand Chuck Liddell gets 4 million per fight, do you think that is too much or too little? What world wide event has the best pay? Anyone heard what events like Abu Dabi or Vale Tudo events pay?

    EDIT:::: I was told from an unofficial source, about 4 million per fight from Chuck, I could easily be wrong.
     
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  2. FlyingNun

    FlyingNun Active Member

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    wait what? 4 million per fight? where did you hear that? i know he made over 2 million in 2005 which was a big thing for a mma fighter....here's some random payroll info

    Alex Steibling in America--- $1,000 to fight and $1,000 more to win in the WEC

    Alex Steibling in Japan--- $15,000 to fight and $15,000 more to win in Pride

    Dan Henderson in America--- $20,000 to fight and $20,000 more to win in the UFC; this was at UFC 17 when the UFC was owned by SEG; this salary is probably still the most Henderson could expect to make in the UFC today as a middleweight

    Dan Henderson in Japan--- $65,000 to fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at Pride 24 in December 2002

    Din Thomas in America--- $12,000 to fight and $12,000 more to win in the UFC (this was the high point of his UFC contract)

    Din Thomas in Japan--- $25,000 to fight on the Antonio Inoki New Year's Eve show; win bonus would have been an additional $15,000

    Jens Pulver in America--- $11,000 to fight and $11,000 more to win in the UFC (this was the high point of his UFC contract, even when he was the UFC Lightweight Champion)

    Jens Pulver in Japan--- $50,000 to fight in Shooto

    Jeremy Horn in America--- $6,000 to fight and $6,000 more to win in the UFC

    Jeremy Horn in Japan--- $50,000 to fight (was paid this salary by two different organizations in Japan)

    Matt Lindland in America--- $18,000 to fight and $18,000 more to win in the UFC (this is excellent pay for any mixed martial artist in the United States)

    Matt Lindland in Japan--- Pride executives offered him $50,000 to fight Kazushi Sakuraba last December before abruptly changing their plans

    Rich Clementi in America--- $2,000 to fight and $2,000 more to win in the UFC (this is what almost all UFC rookies make mmaweekly)

    Rich Clementi in Japan--- $15,000 to fight in the ZST lightweight tournament; win bonus for winning the tournament would have been an additional $50,000 mmaweekly

    Rich Franklin in America--- $5,000 to fight and $5,000 more to win in the UFC

    Rich Franklin in Japan--- $25,000 to fight on the Antonio Inoki New Year's Eve show


    UFC 46 Fighter Salaries

    -Vitor Belfort: $130,000 ($100,000 for fighting; $30,000 win bonus)
    -Randy Couture: $120,000 ($120,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $80,000)
    -Frank Mir: $90,000 ($60,000 for fighting; $30,000 win bonus)
    -Matt Hughes: $55,000 ($55,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $55,000)
    -BJ Penn: $50,000 ($25,000 for fighting; $25,000 win bonus)
    -Carlos Newton: $30,000 ($30,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $0)
    -Matt Serra: $16,000 ($8,000 for fighting; $8,000 win bonus)
    -Renato Verissimo: $10,000 ($5,000 for fighting; $5,000 win bonus)
    -Josh Thomson: $8,000 ($4,000 for fighting; $4,000 win bonus mmaweekly)
    -Lee Murray: $6,000 ($3,000 for fighting; $3,000 win bonus)
    -Georges St. Pierre: $6,000 ($3,000 for fighting; $3,000 win bonus)
    -Hermes Franca: $6,000 ($6,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $6,000)
    -Wes Sims: $5,000 ($5,000 for fighting, win bonus would have been $5,000)
    -Jorge Rivera: $3,000 ($3,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $3,000)
    -Karo Parisyan: $3,000 ($3,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $3,000 mmaweekly)
    -Jeff Curran: $2,500 ($2,500 for fighting; win bonus would have been $2,000)
    -Total Fighter Payroll: $540,500


    UFC 47 Fighter Salaries

    -Tito Ortiz: $125,000 ($125,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $50,000)
    -Chuck Liddell: $100,000 ($50,000 for fighting; $50,000 win bonus)
    -Andrei Arlovski: $23,000 ($15,000 for fighting; $8,000 win bonus)
    -Genki Sudo: $16,000 ($8,000 for fighting; $8,000 win bonus)
    -Wes "Cabbage" Correira: $12,000 ($12,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $12,000)
    -Yves Edwards: $12,000 ($6,000 for fighting; $6,000 win bonusmmaweekly)
    -Robbie Lawler: $8,000 ($8,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $8,000)
    -Hermes Franca: $6,000 ($6,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $6,000)
    -Nick Diaz: $6,000 ($3,000 for fighting; $3,000 win bonus)
    -Mike Kyle: $6,000 ($3,000 for fighting; $3,000 win bonus)
    -Wes Sims: $5,000 ($5,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $5,000)
    -Chris Lytle: $4,000 ($2,000 for fighting; $2,000 win bonus mmaweekly)
    -Jonathan Wiezorek: $4,000 ($2,000 for fighting; $2,000 win bonus)
    -Mike Brown: $2,000 ($2,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $2,000)
    -Tiki Ghosn: $2,000 ($2,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $2,000)
    -Wade Shipp: $2,000 ($2,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $2,000)
    Total Fighter Payroll: $333,000

    UFC 54
    -Randy Couture: $225,000 ($150,000 for fighting, $75,000 win bonus)
    -Jeremy Horn: $25,000 ($25,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $25,000)
    -Chuck Liddell: $160,000 ($80,000 for fighting; $80,000 win bonus)
    -Matt Lindland: $30,000 ($15,000 for fighting; $15,000 win bonus)
    -Tim Sylvia: $80,000 ($40,000 for fighting; $40,000 win bonus)
    -Tra Telligman: $9,000 ($9,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $9,000)
    -Georges St. Pierre: $28,000 ($13,000 for fighting; $15,000 win bonus)
    -Frank Trigg: $14,000 ($14,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $14,000)
    -Joe Doerksen: $5,000 ($5,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $5,000)
    -James Irvin: $6,000 ($3,000 for fighting, $3,000 win bonus)
    -Travis Lutter: $4,000 ($4,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $4,000)
    -Brian Gassaway: $2,000 ($2,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $2,000)
    -Terry Martin: $2,000 ($2,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $2,000
    -Diego Sanchez: $24,000 ($12,000 for fighting; $12,000 win bonus)
    -Mike Van Arsdale: $15,000 ($15,000 for fighting; win bonus would have been $15,000)
    -Trevor Prangley: $6,000 ($3,000 for fighting, $3,000 win bonus)

    Total: $635,000
     
  3. VulgarTheClown

    VulgarTheClown A child and a gun.....go together like apple pie a

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    I can tell you that Minotauro got about $250,000 to fight in Pride a few times. Thats about the top of the pay scale. Only one or 2 more guys get more than that.
     
  4. konrad109

    konrad109 New Member

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    Seeing these pay scales I'm really wondering if any of these fighters fight outside of their comfort zone to try to make the fight more exciting in order to get higher pays.
     
  5. GSPFAN

    GSPFAN New Member

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    I would like to see a cribs done on MMA fighters from MTV, I think it would be cool to see a little more of these fighters lives, I think it would make them seem a little less super heroish to some. Plus I would mind seeing more of Belfort's wife haha
     
  6. chechen

    chechen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu OT Supporter

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    fighting for a living isnt a glamorous lifestyle. and you either have to be top 10, or fight 20 times a year to live comfortably.
     
  7. MyLittleAirport

    MyLittleAirport OT Supporter

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    Watch Eddie Bravo's documentary, he may not be a MMA fighter but its a shame for someone like him to live the way he does doing something he loves.
     
  8. fighter4life

    fighter4life New Member

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    in the real world the only guy I knew who could do it is bill mahood. But he had money from a company he sold and put on his own fight cards.
     
  9. VulgarTheClown

    VulgarTheClown A child and a gun.....go together like apple pie a

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    Mr. Mahood is a buddy of mine, he had a successfull restaraunt in Prince Gorge that he sold when he decided to go full time into MMA.

    Also his wife is one of the top docs in Canada.

    So he is doin just fine.

    and I think he owns a business somewhere.
     
  10. Jeebus

    Jeebus Well-Known Member

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    Fedor and wandy?
     
  11. itr452

    itr452 VTEC motherfucker, GOT ANY?

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    Vulgar, where the heck are you from?
    You in BC? i'm trying to find a place to learn bjj.....

    oh sorry for the attempted thread jacking
     
  12. GSPFAN

    GSPFAN New Member

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    Ok so if only the top people make decent cash, HOW do all the small venue fighters train full time and work so little? Do fighters on these small venue's at like bar's and clubs make money when they fight? Have any of you fought in an event and won a prize? If so was it worth it?
     
  13. chechen

    chechen Brazilian Jiu Jitsu OT Supporter

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    he lives in florida. check out www.bjj.org if you haven't already
     
  14. MyLittleAirport

    MyLittleAirport OT Supporter

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    Define "fine"
     

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