"TUF 8" Finale Salaries Released

Written by Tom Ngo
December 14th, 2008

The UFC released the salaries for all of the fighters that competed on last night’s “The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale.” Despite having to fork over 20% of his purse to Jason MacDonald for not making weight for their middleweight bout, Wilson Gouveia walked away with the night’s largest salary of $36,800.  The total disclosed payroll for the event was $289,000.

Although Gouveia’s salary was the night’s highest, due to his special performance, welterweight Anthony Johnson actually was the night’s largest earner due to the additional $25,000 Knockout of the Night Bonus he received in his win over Kevin Burns. Johnson left the Palms Hotel and Resort with a total of $43,000 for his efforts.

Preliminary Bouts:

Roli Delgado: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) Defeated John Polakowski: $8,000

Tom Lawlor: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) Defeated Kyle Kingsbury: $8,000

Shane Nelson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) Defeated. George Roop: $8,000

Eliot Marshall: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) Defeated Jules Bruchez: $8,000

Krzysztof Soszynski: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)~ Defeated Shane Primm: $8,000

Main Bouts:

Junie Browning: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) Defeated Dave Kaplan: $8,000*

Wilson Gouveia: $36,800 (includes $18,400 win bonus and $9,200 penalty) Defeated Jason MacDonald: $35,200 (includes $9,200 of Gouveia’s purse)

Anthony Johnson: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)# Defeated Kevin Burns: $7,000

Ryan Bader: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) Defeated Vinny Magalhaes: $8,000

Efrain Escudero: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) Defeated Phillipe Nover: $8,000

“The Ultimate Fighter 8” Finale total disclosed payroll: $289,000

Fight Bonuses:

* – Fight of the Night:
Junie Browning and Dave Kaplan ($25,000/each)

# – Knockout of the Night:
Anthony Johnson ($25,000)

~ – Submission of the Night:
Krzysztof Soszynski ($25,000)

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