The official fighter purses for those who competed at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 Finale this past Saturday night (June 19) from the "The Pearl" at The Palms Resort and Casino were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
As expected, main card participants and UFC veterans Chris "The Crippler" Leben ($70,000) and Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine ($55,000) were the big earners of the night -- though in Jardine's case it was on the losing end of a majority decision to Matt "The Hammer" Hamill ($52,000).
Also bringing in some decent coin was Dennis Siver ($34,000) in his unanimous decision win over Spencer "The King" Fisher ($26,000). TUF 11 champion Court "Crusher" McGee banked a meager $16,000 but won the hearts of UFC fans and a "six-figure" contract for submitting Kris "Savage" McCray ($8,000).
Here is the complete list of the TUF 11 Finale payouts:
Court McGee: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Kris McCray: $8,000
McGee def. McCray via submission (rear naked choke)
Matt Hamill: $52,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 to win)
Keith Jardine: $55,000
Hamill def. Jardine via majority decision
Chris Leben: $70,000 ($35,000 to show, $35,000 to win)
Aaron Simpson: $13,000
Leben def. Simpson via technical knockout (strikes)
Dennis Siver: $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 to win)
Spencer Fisher: $26,000
Siver def. Fisher via unanimous decision
Rich Attonito: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Jamie Yager: $8,000
Attonito def. Yager via technical knockout (strikes)
John Gunderson: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)
Mark Holst: $6,000
Gunderson def. Holst via unanimous decision
Brad Tavares: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Seth Baczynski: $8,000
Tavares def. Baczynski via unanimous decision
Kyle Noke: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Josh Bryant: $8,000
Noke def. Bryant via technical knockout (strikes)
Chris Camozzi: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
James Hammortree: $8,000
Camozzi def. Hammortree via unanimous decision
Travis Browne: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
James McSweeney: $8,000
Browne def. McSweeney via technical knockout (strikes)
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 the TUF 11 Finale go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the Spike TV event, which attracted an unofficial crowd of 1,708 attendees and a live gate of $430,250, was $406,000.