The CSAC has released the fighter payouts for Affliction “Day of Reckoning.” Keep in mind, these figures represent the base contracted pay the fighter receives from the promotion. These figures do not include any additional bonuses 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.
This was an Affliction event so the card was riddled with big money winners (read: overpaid fighters). Two fighters—Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski—stood high above the rest though. Arlovski pocketed a cool $1.5 million for getting knocked out by the heavyweight king. Fedor only received a disclosed $300,000, although, he was obviously paid substantially more in undisclosed pay. The exact number is unknown, however, I’ve seen rumors anywhere from $1.3 to $2.0 million. But, the bigger question, after watching his documentary, is what does he do with it all?
On to a much more interesting news item, or shall we say rumor considering how much the source hates MMA, during the broadcast of the Mosely-Margarito boxing match, commentators Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant had an interesting exchange regarding Golden Boy’s partnership with Affliction. According to them, Affliction paid Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions a $5 million fee for helping to promote the event.
“And celebrities here tonight, there’s Sugar Ray Leonard in about the fourth row, and his one time Contender colleague Sly Stallone is in the front row,” revealed Lampley. He continued, “George Lopez is here tonight, good buddy with the promoter. Mark Wahlberg comes to every major prize fight at Staples. Joe Pesci, a Goodfella, called this reporter for tickets. I didn’t have ‘em, but he got them somewhere else.
“And there’s one big name celebrity, Larry, who isn’t here tonight…”
“A celebrity who is here in bronze only,” quipped Merchant, referring to a bronze statue of Oscar De La Hoya that stands outside the Staples Center. “Oscar De La Hoya, the live version, is in nearby Anaheim, where his company got a $5 million fee from a t-shirt maker so that he would be personally involved the promotion of a mixed martial arts show.”
He added, “It would take that much, Jim, to get me to go to one of those things.”
If true, $5 million would surely explain at least one of the reasons why Golden Boy is still involved. It’s unknown at this point how much revenue Affliction brought in last night, but at this pace, it’s probably pretty safe to say Affliction will be catching up to ProElite’s staggering $55 million deficit in no time should they continue their fight operations.
Fighter salaries after the jump.
Courtesy of MMA Weekly:
- Fedor Emelianenko: $300,000 (no win bonus)
Andrei Arlovski: $1,500,000 (missed $250k win bonus)
- Josh Barnett: $500,000 (no win bonus)
Gilbert Yvel: $30,000 (missed $9,300 win bonus)
- Vitor Belfort: $200,000 (includes $80k win bonus)
Matt Lindland: $225,000 (missed $75k win bonus)
- Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral: $90,000 (includes $30k win bonus)
Thierry Sokoudjou: $50,000 (missed $50k win bonus)
- Paul Buentello: $90,000 (includes $20k win bonus)
Kiril Sidelnikov: $10,000 (missed $25k win bonus)
- Dan Lauzon: $12,000 (no win bonus)
Bobby Green: $4,000 (missed $4k win bonus)
- Jay Hieron: $45,000 (includes $25k win bonus)
Jason High: $10,000 (missed $5k win bonus)
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $150,000 (includes $30k win bonus)
Vladimir Matyushenko: $50,000 (missed $30k win bonus)
- LC Davis: $14,000 (includes $7k win bonus)
Bao Quach: $7,000 (missed $6k win bonus)
- Albert Rios: $6,000 (includes $3k win bonus)
Antonio Duarte: $3,000 (missed $2k win bonus)
- Brett Cooper: $10,000 (includes $5k win bonus)
Patrick Speight: $2,000 (missed $3k win bonus)
A disclosed total of $3,308,000, including bonuses, was paid out to the fighters.