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UFC 118 money: Toney on top

UFC 118 pay figures are out and boy does it feel like James Toney took MMA for a half million dollar ride. At least we can take a little bit of pleasure in knowing he’ll probably just drop the money on another ridiculous diamond encrusted watch and be broke again in a few months. There’s even rumors that the IRS got first dibs on Toney’s money, which makes me feel a little bit better about him sitting at the top of this payout list.

As usual, salaries are arranged from highest paid to lowest paid.

  • James Toney: $500,000
  • Randy Couture: $250,000 (no win bonus)
  • B.J. Penn: $150,000
  • Nate Diaz: $120,000 ($30k win bonus + 60k FOTN)
  • Frankie Edgar: $96,000 ($48,000 win bonus)
  • Marcus Davis: $91,000 ($60k FOTN bonus)
  • Joe Lauzon: $84,000 ($12k win bonus + 60k SOTN)
  • Demian Maia: $68,000 ($34,000 win bonus)
  • Kenny Florian: $65,000
  • Gray Maynard: $46,000 ($23,000 win bonus)
  • Dan Miller: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
  • Mike Pierce: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
  • Nik Lentz: $22,000 ($11,000 win bonus)
  • Greg Soto: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
  • Nick Osipczak: $10,000
  • Andre Winner: $10,000
  • Mario Miranda: $8,000
  • John Salter: $8,000
  • Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
  • Amilcar Alves: $6,000

Keep in mind BJ Penn also got a piece of the PPV action which pretty much guarantees he’s making over a million for this fight. Frankie Edgar … not so much. I’m not sure what the deal was for Randy Couture vs James Toney. What classifies as a headlining match (and therefore qualifies you for your PPV cut) is something the UFC has some wiggle room with.

This was like the TUF 5 reunion featuring coach BJ Penn and contestants Gray Maynard, Nate Diaz, Joe Lauzon and Gabe Ruediger. Nate (30k/30k) already makes more money than Gray (23k/23k) even though he’s got a worse record. Goes to show you being a boring wrestler isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. I’m sure Gabe Ruediger is glad he’s not getting fired … an 8k / 8k contract ain’t the best, but it’s still 8x more than he’s liable to make outside the organization.

Now that Dan Miller has won and has a nice 30k chunk of cash in his bank account, hopefully we can move on from feeling sorry for him and onto being excited about his future fights.

  • Omomatta

    Good for Lauzon bringing home some bank and look at Nate Diath brining in some loot. Awesomes!

  • SST

    Everyone should be pissed at the pay out Toney received! It’s me signing with the Patriots getting paid more than Manning! No one wanted to see this fight, as evidenced by the actual fight. Now every chump who’s ever stepped in the boxing ring want a UFC fight.

  • Gina’s boy toy

    Toney got paid!