MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for UFC 94 "Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn" featuring the welterweight championship mega-fight, which took place on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners' bonuses.
Although mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters' salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.
In the listings below, "Main Event Fighters" are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show. "Main Card Fighters" are defined as fighters whose fights appear on the main card, but not in the main event. "Preliminary Card Fighters" are defined as fighters whose matches take place before the main card goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the TV or Internet broadcast.
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
Georges St. Pierre $400,000 (includes $200,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn $125,000 (win bonus would have been $125,000)
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
Lyoto Machida $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Thiago Silva $29,000 (win bonus would have been $29,000)
Jon Jones $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Stephan Bonnar $22,000 (win bonus would have been $22,000)
Karo Parisyan $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Dong Hyun Kim $26,000 (win bonus would have been $26,000)
Clay Guida $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz $20,000 (win bonus would have been $20,000)
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
Jon Fitch $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus) def. Akihiro Gono $28,000 (win bonus would have been $28,000)
Thiago Tavares $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Manny Gamburyan $14,000 (win bonus would have been $14,000)
John Howard $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Chris Wilson $15,000 (win bonus would have been $15,000)
Dan Cramer $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Matt Arroyo $8,000 (win bonus would have been $8,000)
UFC 94 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $1,057,000
On a night that saw Georges St. Pierre cement his place in history with a 4th round stoppage over B.J. Penn, the UFC handed down $65,000 bonuses to some of the tremendous competitors on the card Saturday night.
"Knockout of the Night" was a no brainer, beyond the fact that it was one of only 2 finishes on the card, as Lyoto Machida kept his perfect record in tact with a thunderous right hand on the ground that knocked opponent, Thiago Silva, unconscious to end the first round and the fight.
Machida stays undefeated and carries home a $65,000 bonus for his efforts against Silva in the win.
The UFC handed down two different "Fight of the Night" bonuses as both Clay Guida and Nate Diaz earned a bonus for their fight to kick off the pay-per-view card, as well as welterweights John Howard and Chris Wilson who went to war during the untelevised preliminary show.
All 4 participants will get a $65,000 bonus each as winners of "Fight of the Night."
The card featured no submissions, thus no "Submission of the Night" award went out for the UFC 94 show.
Stay tuned as MMAWeekly.com will have a full report with salaries from the UFC 94 card tonight as well.
GSP and Machida making some good pay. Surprised there was no sub, I thought Bonner would be able to get one but he didn't even try.