UFC dishes out the dough with “TUF 9 Finale” fighter salaries

According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the UFC paid out a total of $630,000 in disclosed fighter salaries and bonuses for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on Saturday night.

The total payout is a huge jump from The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale, where the total payout including bonuses was $289,000. The fact that six fighters received “Fight of the Night” bonuses, as opposed to the normal two fighters, obviously attributed to a large part of the increase.

Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez took home the largest chunk of the payout, receiving $115,000 ($45,000 base salary, $45,000 win bonus, and $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus). Joe “Daddy” Stevenson was second on the list, taking home $95,000 ($35,000 base salary, $35,000 win bonus, and $25,000 Fight of the Night bonus).

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“TUF 9 Finale” bonuses and live gate

The UFC handed out five bonuses, including an unheard of three “Fight of the Night” awards at The Ultimate Fighter 9 finale on Saturday. It was the first time in the history of the UFC that three separate fights were given “Fight of the Night” honors.

Joe Stevenson vs. Nate Diaz, Chris Lytle vs. Kevin Burns, and Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida won the three fight of the night awards, netting each fighter a well-deserved $25,000 bonus.

The other two bonuses for knockout and submission of the night were both earned on the non-televised undercard. Jason Dent was given submission of the night for his win over fellow TUF 9 castmate Cameron Dollar via anaconda choke. The knockout of the night was given to Tomasz Drwal, who had the only TKO stoppage of the evening over Mike Ciesnolevicz in the first round.

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Torres takes home $44K for dismantling Tapia

The WEC’s Bantamweight champion, Miguel Torres, earned $44,000 for his win over a tough, but clearly outmatched, Manny Tapia.

Torres controlled the fight from the start with a brilliant display of boxing prowess, using his reach advantage to pepper Tapia with stiff jabs and combinations en route to a second round TKO stoppage.

In his WEC debut, former IFL Featherweight champion, Wagnney Fabiano, earned $22,000 with a third round submission of Akitoshi Tamura. Mark Munoz was paid $20,000 for his TKO stoppage of Ricardo Barros.

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