The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today released the official fighter purses for those who competed at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Finale 9: "Sanchez vs. Guida" this past Saturday night (June 20) from "The Pearl" at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Two former TUF champions — Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson — were the big winners of the night, taking home an event-leading $90,000 for "Nightmare" and $70,000 for "Daddy." Both fighters experienced similar results inside the Octagon — Sanchez was rewarded for his slugfest split decision win over Clay Guida while Stevenson went home a little richer after overwhelming Nate Diaz en route to a unanimous decision victory.
New UFC lightweight and welterweight additions Ross Pearson and James Wilks also took home a TUF-leading $16,000 apiece after besting their opposing "US vs. UK" finalists to capture the TUF crown and a six-figure contract.
UFC veteran and Octagon workhorse Chris Lytle was the third biggest earner of the night when he pocketed $36,000 for throwing leather with Kevin Burns for three rounds in a performance that also garnered each brawler one of three "Knockout of the Night" bonuses.
Here is the complete list of TUF 9 Finale payouts:
Diego Sanchez — $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win)
Clay Guida — $23,000
Sanchez defeated Guida via split decision
James Wilks — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
DaMarques Johnson — $8,000
Wilks defeated Johnson via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
Chris Lytle — $36,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 to win)
Kevin Burns — $9,000
Lytle defeated Burns via unanimous decision
Ross Pearson — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Andre Winner — $8,000
Pearson defeated Winner via unanimous decision
Joe Stevenson — $70,000 ($35,000 to show, $35,000 to win)
Nate Diaz — $20,000
Stevenson defeated Diaz via unanimous decision
Melvin Guillard — $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Gleison Tibau — $17,000
Guillard defeated Tibau via split decision
Brad Blackburn — $18,000 ($9,000 to show, $9,000 to win)
Edgar Garcia — $5,000
Blackburn defeated Garcia via split decision
Tomasz Drwal — $15,600 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win, $1600 of opponent's purse for Ciesnolevicz's failure to make weight)
Mike Ciesnolevicz — $6,400 ($8,000 to show, $1600 penalty for failure to make weight)
Bradley defeated Ciesnolevicz via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Nick Osipczak — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Frank Lester — $8,000
Osipczak defeated Lester via submission (rear naked choke) in round one
Jason Dent — $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Cameron Dollar — $8,000
Dent defeated Dollar via submission (anaconda choke) in round one
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
For example, the UFC often hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night," "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night." To check out these figures for TUF 9 Finale go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the blockbuster The Ultimate Fighter live Finale, which attracted an unofficial crowd of nearly 1,800 attendees and a solid gate of approximately $500,000, was $430,000.