You can indeed find competitive money or at least what I assume is competitive compensation outside of the UFC. That was made clear with the disclosed salaries of the cast at World Series of Fighting 9. There are some huge differences though. The two highest paid fighters both brought home a cool $50,000 while the low man on the bottom of the totem pole brought home a mere $1000.
Champions Rousimar Palhares and Marlon Moraes were the financial winners as well as title winners this past Saturday night. They both grossed a good paycheck and right behind them was Yushin Okami in his first fight outside of the UFC.
Here is a look at the salaries reported by MMAJunkie.com. The standard warning applies that these figures don’t reflect any bonus, deductions for insurance or fighter’s license or money paid to the athletes by sponsors.
- Rousimar Palhares: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Steve Carl: $20,000
- Marlon Moraes: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Josh Rettinghouse: $4,000
- Josh Burkman: $25,000 (no win bonus) def. Tyler Stinson: $7,000
- Yushin Okami: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Svetlozar Savov: $4,000
- Johnny Nunez: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Ozzy Dugulubgov: $6,000
- Mike Corey: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Shane Kruchten: $3,000
- Bryson Hansen: $3,000 (includes $1,500 win bonus) def. Sean Cantor: $500
- Chris Gruetzemacher: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. John Gunderson: $2,000
- Brenson Hansen: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Boostayre Nefarios: $1,000
- Danny Davis: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Phil Dace: $1,000
- Gil Guardado: $2,000 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Jimmy Spicuzza: $1,000