The CSAC has released the fighter payouts for Affliction “Banned.” Keep in mind, these figures represent the base contracted pay the fighter receives from the promotion. These figures do not include any additional bonuses and/or sponsorship money, which in many cases exceeds a fighter’s base pay. These numbers also do not account for taxes, insurance, and license fees.
Affliction’s fighter payroll has been a hot topic of speculation and rumors ever since Affliction announced it would put on an event with many of the sport’s biggest names. While the numbers are big, it doesn’t appear the entire story is being told, particularly with Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor was believed to be getting anywhere from $1-2 million for this fight, yet his disclosed salary was only $300,000. Fedor was likely paid either a signing bonus, PPV cut, additional bonus, or any combination of the three in addition to the $300k.
Tim Sylvia did receive the rumored $800,000 for his fight, which was much more than he ever received for a single fight in the UFC. Nearly all the fighters on the card were big winners financially, but three other names really caught my attention—Andrei Arlovski, Matt Lindland, and Vitor Belfort.
Andrei took home three quarters of a million dollars. No wonder the UFC didn’t resign him. Lindland, a top middleweight, was paid $100,000 more than the UFC Middleweight Champ Anderson Silva. Belfort taking home $140k was also a surprise, considering how poorly he has performed in recent years.
I can’t help but wonder how many UFC fighters are going to see these numbers and start to have doubts about whether they are in the right place.
From MMA Junkie:
Fedor Emelianenko: $300,000 (no win bonus)
def. Tim Sylvia: $800,000
Andrei Arlovski: $750,000 (includes $250,000 win bonus)
def. Ben Rothell: $250,000
Josh Barnett: $300,000 (no win bonus)
def. Pedro Rizzo: $70,000
Mark Hominick: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Savant Young: $7,000
Renato “Babalu” Sobral: $90,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def: Mike Whitehead: $50,000
Matt Lindland: $300,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus)
def. Fabio Nascimento: $20,00O
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $50,000 (no win bonus)
def. Edwin Dewees: $15,000
Mike Pyle: $20,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
JJ Ambrose: $5,000
Ray Lizama: $3,000
vs. Justin Levens: $6000*
Vitor Belfort: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
Terry Martin: $30,000
Paul Buentello: $80,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
vs. Gary Goodridge: $25,000
A disclosed total of $3,332,100 was paid out to the fighters.
[UPDATE 7/21/08 10:36PM ET] – From FightTicker.com
Paid attendance: 11,242
Complimentary attendance: 3,590
Total attendance: 14,832
Gross receipt from ticket sales (live gate): $2,085,510
Turns out “Banned” wasn’t “sold out” like many media outlets reported it. 11,242 paid attendees is pretty impressive considering it was their first show with an arguably poor marketing campaign.
We have two pieces of the puzzle now, just waiting on the pay-per-view numbers.