“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale” Salaries Released

Written by Tim Ngo
December 7th, 2009


The Nevada State Athletic Commission has just released the paydays for this past Saturday’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale.” Lightweight Frankie Edgar was the night’s top earner, pocketing a total of $71,000 for his efforts inside The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The total disclosed payroll for the event was $351,000, with all “TUF Heavyweight” contestants given the same $8k show/$8k win bonus pay structure, including finalists Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub, however excluding a certain bearded man.

UFC president Dana White has previously stated that Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson may be getting a contract SLIGHTLY different from his “TUF” cast members. Given Kimbo’s drawing power, it’s certainly understandable why they broke him off a little extra cheddar in addition to his $25K, however those bonuses don’t need to be reported to the NSAC.

Nelson took home the TUF 10 crown as well as the highly coveted six-figure UFC contract by knocking out Schaub in the 1stRound of their matchup. So regardless of what Edgar’s 1099 states, Nelson was the evening’s biggest winner – literally and figuratively.

Here is a breakdown of the fighters’ salaries, including Fight Bonuses:

Preliminary Bouts:

Mark Bocek: $55,000 ($15,000 win bonus, $25,000*) Defeated Joe Brammer: $5,000
Brian Stann: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus) Defeated Rodney Wallace: $6,000
John Howard: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus) Defeated Dennis Hallman: $15,000
Jon Madsen: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) Defeated Justin Wren: $8,000
James McSweeney: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) Defeated Darrill Schoonover: $8,000

Main Bouts:

Matt Mitrione: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) Defeated Marcus Jones: $8,000
Frankie Edgar: $71,000 ($23,000 win bonus, $25,000**) Defeated Matt Veach: $30,000 ($25,000**)
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson: $25,000 (no win bonus) Defeated Houston Alexander: $13,000
Matt Hamill: $46,000 ($23,000 win bonus) Defeated Jon Jones: $20,000
Roy Nelson: $41,000 ($8,000 win bonus, $25,000#) Defeated Brendan Schaub: $8,000

* – Submission of the Night:

Mark Bocek ($25,000)

** – Fight of the Night:

Frankie Edgar and Matt Veach ($25,000/each)

# – Knockout of the Night:

Roy Nelson ($25,000)

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