The MSAC has released the fighter salaries for UFC 118. Keep in mind, these figures represent the base contracted pay the fighter receives from the promotion. These figures do not include any additional undisclosed discretionary bonuses, pay-per-view revenue sharing 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.
Professional boxer James Toney led the list of disclosed purses for UFC 118 with a guaranteed $500,000 for getting in the Octagon with Randy Couture. Couture’s show money was half of Toney’s, but it’s important to note that Couture also makes a cut of the pay-per-view revenues which is believed to far exceed his base pay. Whether Toney managed to secure a pay-per-view bonus or not is unconfirmed, but it is likely considering his background and how hard he was pushing the fight.
In the main event, BJ Penn earned a disclosed $150,000 paycheck while Frankie Edgar narrowly missed six figures, pulling in $96,000 for dominating Penn. Nate Diaz finished slightly ahead of the lightweight champ with $120,000 after his win and FOTN bonuses.
Courtesy of MMA Junkie:
- Frankie Edgar: $96,000 ($48k + $48k win bonus)
B.J. Penn: $150,000
- Randy Couture: $250,000
James Toney: $500,000
- Demian Maia: $68,000 ($34k + $34k)
Mario Miranda: $8,000
- Gray Maynard: $46,000 ($23k + $23k)
Kenny Florian: $65,000
- Nate Diaz: $60,000 ($30k + $30k)
Marcus Davis: $31,000
- Joe Lauzon: $24,000 ($12k + $12k)
Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
- Nik Lentz: $22,000 ($11k + $11k)
Andre Winner: $10,000
- Dan Miller: $30,000 ($15k + $15k)
John Salter: $8,000
- Greg Soto: $12,000 ($6k + $6k)
Nick Osipczak: $10,000
- Mike Pierce: $24,000 ($12k + $12k)
Amilcar Alves: $6,000
$60,000 bonus to each fighter.
- Knockout of the Night – N/A
- Submission of the Night – Joe Lauzon
- Fight of the Night – Nate Diaz & Marcus Davis
A disclosed total of $1,608,000, including all bonuses, was paid out to the fighters.