Affliction: Banned Salaries and Bonuses

Written by Tom Ngo
July 21st, 2008

The California State Athletic Commission released the fighters’ salaries for the Affliction: Banned event that took place this past Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.  The total disclosed payroll for the evening was $3,321,000, with Fedor Emelianenko taking home a base salary of $300,000 for his 36 seconds of work. Tim Sylvia, who was submitted by Emelianenko, walked away with $800,000.

Many may be wondering why Emelianenko, who is considered the best heavyweight in the world, was paid less than some of the other fighters on the card, including the man he defeated, however, keep in mind that these are only base salaries.  All other bonuses that a promoter pays out to their fighters are not required to be disclosed to the Commission (ie. Pay-Per-View buy bonus, Fight of the Night bonus, etc.). Rest assured that the consensus #1 Ranked fighter will be well taken care of.

Here are how the salaries for the fighters breaks down:

Preliminary Bouts:

Justin Levens ($6,000) vs. Ray Lizama ($3,000)*

Paul Buentello ($80,000/Includes Win Bonus of $20,000) Defeated Gary Goodridge ($25,000)

Vitor Belfort ($140,000/Includes Win Bonus of $70,000) Defeated Terry Martin ($30,000)

Main Bouts:

Mike Pyle ($20,000/Includes Win Bonus of $5,000) Defeated J.J. Ambrose ($5,000)

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ($50,000/No Win Bonus) Defeated Edwin Dewees ($15,000)

Matt Lindland ($300,000/Includes Win Bonus of $75,000) Defeated Fabio “Negao” Nascimiento ($20,000)

Renato “Babalu” Sobral ($90,000/Win Bonus of $30,000) Defeated Mike Whitehead ($50,000)

Mark Hominick ($10,000/Includes Win Bonus of $5,000) Defeated Savant Young ($7,000)

Josh Barnett ($300,000/No Win Bonus) Defeated Pedro Rizzo ($70,000)

Andre Arlovski ($750,000/Includes Win Bonus of $250,000) Defeated Ben Rothwell ($250,000)

Fedor Emelianenko ($300,000/No Win Bonus) Defeated Tim Sylvia ($800,000)

*This Swing Bout was cancelled due to time constraints. Salaries were negotiated.

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