UFC showing its fighters the money!
With a successful title dense of his UFC welterweight title, Georges St. Pierre took home an event-high $400,000 from this past Saturday's UFC 94 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Las Vegas</st1:place></st1:City>.
His opponent, B.J. Penn, earned $125,000, and other top earners included Lyoto Machida ($120,000), Karo Parisyan ($80,000) and preliminary-card fighter Jon Fitch ($68,000).
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,091,000.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently requested and today received the list of disclosed salary figures from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The full list of paydays included:
Georges St. Pierre: $400,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. B.J. Penn: $125,000
Lyoto <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Machida</st1:place></st1:City>: $120,000 ($60,000 win bonus)
def. Thiago Silva: $29,000
Jon Jones: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus)
def. Stephan Bonnar: $22,000
Karo Parisyan: $80,000 ($40,000 win bonus)
def. Dong Hyun Kim: $26,000
Clay Guida: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus)
def. Nate Diaz: $20,000
Jon Fitch: $68,000 ($34,000 win bonus)
def. Akihiro Gono: $28,000
Thiago Tavares: $26,000 ($13,000 win bonus)
def. Manny Gamburyan: $14,000
John Howard: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Wilson: $15,500
Jake O'Brien: $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus)
def. Christian Wellisch: $12,000
Dan Cramer: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Arroyo: $8,000
All of the night's losing fighters could have doubled their salaries 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 other "locker room" or special bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays.
In other words, these are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
Re: UFC showing its fighters the money!
Karo makes some rightous bucks
Re: UFC showing its fighters the money!
I ofund this write up interesting and laughed at the shot the writer took at Affliction. I bolded it in order to be easy to find. Thought some of you mght be interested in the hype leading up to the fight.
LAS VEGAS — As of the moment I’m typing this, UFC 94 is still 72 hours away but the buzz around the MGM Grand and Las Vegas as a whole for Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Super Bowl-weekend card is so palpable, it almost felt like I could reach out and touch it.
Fans who are a part of UFC Fight Club were already in Vegas, having arrived from across the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region>, including <st1:State w:st="on">Hawaii</st1:State>, plus <st1:country-region w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Australia</st1:country-region></st1:place>. Those hardcore supporters jammed into Wednesday’s pre-fight press conference.
The athletes — especially Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn — were obviously excited about fight night finally nearing. So, for that matter, are other UFC competitors. “This is a fight that fighters want to see. That’s when you know you’ve got a big fight,” said UFC president Dana White.
Once again, the company was at its limit for the number of media accreditations it could grant. Dozens upon dozens of reporters — print, TV, Internet; from across North America, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Mexico</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Japan</st1:place></st1:country-region> and more — filled the first few rows of the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand.
The lobby and hotel area were swarmed with autograph seekers, picture takers and MMA fans in general. It seemed like there were enough people wearing Affliction T-shirts to nearly cover the millions of dollars the company lost last Saturday with its second pay-per-view attempt, Day of Reckoning.
A few other items to empty out of my notebook after my first day in Vegas for UFC 94. . .
1. A fact that might only interest me: UFC president Dana White doesn’t have a desk in his office.
In the course of asking around for a weekend feature I’m writing on the history of UFC and MMA, I asked some scene-setting queries about White’s office. Some of the interesting (to me) tidbits — (a) Rather than a desk, he’s got a table and couches; (b) The photos scattered around his walls include pictures of his children, a huge one of Muhammad Ali, plus one of UFC star Matt Hughes taken by Kevin Lynch (the man behind Octagon, a 50-pound picture book); (c) White has a gi on display given to him by UFC Hall-of-Famer Royce Gracie; (d) He’s good friends with Tony Hawk and has several skateboards around his office.
2. White was asked about critics who don’t like the idea of lightweight champ BJ Penn moving up a weight class to challenge welterweight title holder Georges St-Pierre. “Who gives a s**t? Superfights are awesome.”
White did admit, however, that should Penn win, it would present a challenge for the company having one man hold two titles. He can only fight so many times each year, White acknowledged, and the company needs to have its champions in the ring, selling tickets and pay-per-views, and defending the titles.
3. After being ignored by reporters for well over half an hour — all questions were being directed to St-Pierre, Penn or White — semi-main eventers Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva each looked as bored as if they had been forced to watch an endless loop of Bride Wars. (I was actually sadistically curious to see if we could go an entire press conference without them being acknowledged but, alas, towards the end of the press conference, the awkwardness ended. A reporter asked each of them one question.)
4. White reiterated the priorities for UFC going forward.
- The unquestioned No. 1 target: getting sanctioned in <st1:State w:st="on">New York</st1:State> and <st1:State w:st="on">Massachusetts</st1:State>, the two major <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">U.S.</st1:place></st1:country-region> states that have yet to approve MMA. (White predicted both would be done by the end of 2009.)
- After that, according to both White and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, is reaching out to untapped markets in <st1:country-region w:st="on">Germany</st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">France</st1:place></st1:country-region>. Fertitta said when UFC 91 and 92 aired in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">France</st1:place></st1:country-region>, ratings were beyond what anyone expected. He also a TV deal would soon be announced for <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Germany</st1:place></st1:country-region>, which just so happens to be the site of UFC 99 in June.
- The other major market which UFC wants to crash: <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Ontario</st1:place></st1:State>. The province’s athletic commissioner, Ken Hayashi, has yet to budge on his stance against MMA. No worries, said White. “I’m very confident we’re going to get it done,” said White.
5. This gives new meaning to weight watchers, but that’s a key issue to keep an eye on in Saturday night’s main event.
On one hand, GSP will have a huge weight advantage in the Octagon. After both make the 170-pound weight limit on Friday, St-Pierre expects to bulk back up to around 187 pounds in time for the match. Penn, meanwhile, says he will enter the ring at 170 or 171 pounds.
Penn doesn’t see that as a bad thing, though, and he didn’t hesitate to tell St-Pierre about it during the traditional staredown on stage at Wednesday’s press conference. Penn apparently feels the cutting and rehydrating could hurt GSP’s conditioning.
“You cut too much weight, you cut too much weight. You’re going to be dead that night,” Penn uttered to St-Pierre.
“We’ll find out, BJ. We’ll see,” replied St-Pierre.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
Dave Deibert would prefer a temperature of 25 C, but even 14 C in Las Vegas is better than the minus-35 C he’s been used to for the past six weeks. With comments or critiques, reach him at email@example.com<o:p></o:p>