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‘The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale’ Salaries Released

Written by Tom Ngo
June 4th, 2012
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UFC Welterweight Martin Kampmann

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the disclosed salaries for all of the contestants who competed in last Friday’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale” event. Welterweights Martin Kampmann (Pictured) and Jake Ellenberger headlined the festivities and were compensated as such. 

Both scored $42,000 for simply showing up to their shootout, while Kampmann pocketed an extra $42k for his knockout victory over “The Juggernaut.”

In addition to earning a six-figure UFC contract by taking the TUF lightweight tournament, Michael Chiesa left Las Vegas with $16,000 for his two minutes and 47 seconds of work. Half of his paycheck came via win bonus.

Al Iaquinta, who was on the business end of Chiesa’s highlight-reel rear-naked choke, took home $8k and most likely another shot inside the Octagon.

Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses and taxes.

Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can include Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada hosted the bash.

Here are the official paydays for ‘TUF: Live Finale’:

(Total disclosed payroll: $355,000)

Preliminary Card:

Erik Perez: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Defeated John Albert: $8,000

Joe Proctor: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jeremy Larsen: $8,000

Sam Sicilia: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Cristiano Marcello: $8,000

Myles Jury: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Chris Saunders: $8,000

Daron Cruickshank: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Chris Tickle: $8,000

Main Card:

Justin Lawrence: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated John Cofer: $8,000

Max Holloway: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Defeated Pat Schilling: $6,000

Charles Oliveira: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jonathan Brookins: $15,000

Mike Chiesa: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Al Iaquinta: $8,000

Martin Kampmann: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jake Ellenberger: $42,000

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