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Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Mixed Martial Arts--- Fighter Salaries for UFC 66 & UFC Fight Night 7
by Ivan Trembow
Originally Published on MMAWeekly

MMAWeekly has obtained the fighter salary information for UFC 66 and UFC Fight Night 7. UFC 66 took place on December 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada; while UFC Fight Night 7 took place on December 13th in San Diego, California.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that the UFC is required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners' bonuses.

Although MMA fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters' salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that the UFC also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, PPV bonuses for the top PPV main event fighters), are not included in the figures below.

In the listings below, "Title Match & Main Event Fighters" are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show and/or compete in a title fight on a show. "Main Card Fighters" are defined as fighters whose fights appear on the main card, but not in title fights or in the main event. "Preliminary Match Fighters" are defined as fighters whose matches take place before the live broadcast goes on the air, regardless of whether or not those matches end up airing on the PPV broadcast.

In addition, next to each fighter's name is the number of UFC fights that he has had, not counting fights that took place during TUF seasons because they are officially classified as exhibition fights.

UFC Fight Night 7 Salaries
Event took place on December 13, 2006

Main Event Fighters
-Diego Sanchez: $32,000 (6th UFC fight; defeated Joe Riggs)
-Joe Riggs: $14,000 (8th UFC fight; lost to Diego Sanchez)

Main Card Fighters
-Karo Parisyan: $24,000 (8th UFC fight; defeated Drew Fickett)
-Josh Koscheck: $14,000 (7th UFC fight; defeated Jeff Joslin)
-Marcus Davis: $10,000 (3rd UFC fight; defeated Shonie Carter)
-Shonie Carter: $10,000 (6th UFC fight; lost to Marcus Davis)
-Drew Fickett: $10,000 (6th UFC fight; lost to Karo Parisyan)
-Jeff Joslin: $3,000 (1st UFC fight; lost to Josh Koscheck)

Preliminary Match Fighters
-Brock Larson: $8,000 (2nd UFC fight; defeated Keita Nakamura)
-David Heath: $8,000 (2nd UFC fight; defeated Vitor Valimaki)
-Luigi Fioravanti: $8,000 (3rd UFC fight; defeated Dave Menne)
-Alan Belcher: $6,000 (2nd UFC fight; defeated Jorge Santiago)
-Dave Menne: $5,000 (6th UFC fight; lost to Luigi Fioravanti)
-Jorge Santiago: $4,000 (3rd UFC fight; lost to Alan Belcher)
-Keita Nakamura: $4,000 (1st UFC fight; lost to Brock Larson)
-Vitor Valimaki: $3,000 (1st UFC fight; lost to David Heath)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $163,000

UFC 66 Fighter Salaries
Event took place on December 30, 2006

Title Match and Main Event Fighters
-Chuck Liddell: $250,000 (17th UFC fight; defeated Tito Ortiz)
-Tito Ortiz: $210,000 (19th UFC fight; lost to Chuck Liddell)

Main Card Fighters
-Andrei Arlovski: $145,000 (12th UFC fight; defeated Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz)
-Michael Bisping: $24,000 (2nd UFC fight; defeated Eric Schafer)
-Forrest Griffin: $16,000 (6th UFC fight; lost to Keith Jardine)
-Keith Jardine: $14,000 (5th UFC fight; defeated Forrest Griffin)
-Jason MacDonald: $10,000 (2nd UFC fight; defeated Chris Leben)
-Chris Leben: $7,000 (8th UFC fight; lost to Jason MacDonald)
-Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz: $5,000 (4th UFC fight; lost to Andrei Arlovski)
-Eric Schafer: $4,000 (2nd UFC fight; lost to Michael Bisping)

Preliminary Match Fighters
-Thiago Alves: $22,000 (6th UFC fight; defeated Tony DeSouza)
-Gabriel Gonzaga: $18,000 (3rd UFC fight; defeated Carmelo Marrero)
-Yushin Okami: $16,000 (3rd UFC fight; defeated Rory Singer)
-Tony DeSouza: $7,000 (5th UFC fight; lost to Thiago Alves)
-Christian Wellisch: $6,000 (2nd UFC fight; defeated Anthony Perosh)
-Rory Singer: $5,000 (3rd UFC fight; lost to Yushin Okami)
-Carmelo Marrero: $5,000 (2nd UFC fight; lost to Gabriel Gonzaga)
-Anthony Perosh: $3,000 (2nd UFC fight; lost to Christian Wellisch)
Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $767,000

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