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In the last few years, it’s become less and less comment for athletic commissions to release salary information after UFC events. What once was standard practice is now a rarity, as only a select handful of states elect to give the public official insight into how much UFC fighters make. Given fighter pay is such a hot button topic, it’s a frustrating change.
Add Utah to the list of states that no longer release payout info. Salt Lake City has become home to a pair of wildly famous head kick knockouts in the last couple years, and the change came in time for UFC 291. The commission explained in a statement that athlete compensation was a “trade secret” that if released, the information could “severely impact that athlete’s ability to negotiate compensation a future event.” It could even put them at a “competitive disadvantage” against athletes who did not release their payout information.
Welcome to the Twilight Zone. pic.twitter.com/QXXHjIYJvf— Steven Marrocco (@MMAFightingSM) August 7, 2023
Fortunately, there were four athletes who chose to sacrifice their “trade secret” and offer some insight into fight pay in 2023. Leading the pack is Kevin Holland, who brought home an impressive $356k to strangle Michael Chiesa in half a round. Not far behind was Bobby Green, as “King” banked an even $300k to batter Tony Ferguson into submission.
It’s not new info necessarily, but it would still a bummer to see Contenders Series product (thus the low pay) and undefeated product Gabriel Bonfim still on a $12k/$12k contract in 2023. Rounding out the pack is CJ Vergara, who earned $60k in his fifth UFC appearance.
Was able to receive a few disclosed purses for #UFC291:— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) August 7, 2023
Bobby Green: $300K ($150K show/$150K win)
Kevin Holland: $356K ($178K show/$178K win)
Gabriel Bonfim $24K ($12K show/$12K win)
C.J. Vergara $60K ($30K show/$30K win)
Keep in mind the payouts listed above do not include fight bonuses, promotional compliance sponsorships, or other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
Are the numbers available more or less than what you would have expected?
Remember the many moods of Fedor meme? It’s time to make an equivalent version featuring Alex Pereira. He’s earned it.
Today is a very funny day in Germany ! CHAMA pic.twitter.com/FVrMoeY15r— Alex "Poatan" Pereira (@AlexPereiraUFC) August 7, 2023
Homie might be trying a little too hard ... but also, good acting!
MMA fighter injects himself with a green serum during face-off / pic.twitter.com/ztZtWYRs6P— Censored Men (@CensoredMen) August 6, 2023
GNARLY! Heal up Mr. Gono!
Here I thought Sean Strickland and Andrew Tate would’ve been best of pals.
Extremely, bamboozlingly, almost insurmountably rare Strickland W pic.twitter.com/gkty0bUNx2— CagePotato (@cagepotatomma) August 4, 2023
Max Holloway finally found an opponent he just couldn’t handle.
Max Holloway struggling to say Kennedy Nzechukwu— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) August 6, 2023
Sean Woodson’s Heavyweight photo must be seen by all!
My boy Sean Woodson about to fight? He’s a featherweight now but throwback to when bro was a fuckin’ heavyweight pic.twitter.com/M8HbCFKhgc— TevTalksMMA (@TevTalksMMA) August 5, 2023
Japan’s best UFC prospect, Tatsuro Taira, has a shot at breaking into the Top 15.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Snuck the lead hook in without much tell:
It was just over a week ago we were talking about the infamous “Brazilian tap.” Here’s a non-Brazilian doing it!
Watching a bone break in real time is never that fun, but it happens, so I post ‘em anyway — you get to choose whether or not to click play!
Just a relaxing ride in the boat.
Midnight Music: Blues? Folk? Hell if I know. 1999
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.