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‘The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale’ Salaries Released

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
December 2nd, 2013
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UFC Lightweight Gray Maynard

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all of the contestants who competed in Saturday’s “The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale” event.

Despite getting TKO’d by Nate Diaz in the show’s featured attraction, Gray Maynard (pictured) still walked away as the night’s highest earner.

Maynard pocketed $45,000 for merely stepping inside the Octagon. Diaz made $30,000, with half of his paycheck coming via win bonus.

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.

Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas hosted Saturday’s event.

Here are the official salaries for TUF 18 Finale:

(Total disclosed payroll $312,000)

Preliminary Card:

Josh Sampo: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Ryan Benoit: $8,000

Sean Spencer: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Drew Dober: $8,000

Jared Rosholt: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Walter Harris: $8,000

Tom Niinimaki: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Rani Yahya: $20,000

Akira Corassani: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Maximo Blanco: $17,000

Main Card:

Raquel Pennington: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Roxanne Modafferi: $8,000

Jessamyn Duke: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Peggy Morgan: $8,000

Chris Holdsworth: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Davey Grant: $8,000

Julianna Pena: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jessica Rakoczy: $8,000

Nate Diaz: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Defeated Gray Maynard: $45,000

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