The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the fight purses for The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, and although there aren’t any gargantuan boners being poked around, some guys did okay, and some didn’t. As always, these amounts are for contracted salaries only, and do not include Fight Night bonuses, “locker room” bonuses, incentives, sponsorships, etc. Let’s see who’s a happy camper, and who has to explain to their kids that the reason there are no presents under the tree is because Santa’s elves are evil little communists and are staging a general strike for better health benefits.
Roy Nelson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Matt Mitrione: $12,000
Matt Mitrione needs to find himself a new manager, pronto. Granted, he’s lost two in a row, but before that he won five straight, four by knockout. 12k seems seems a tad low, or if we’re being blunt, it sucks balls. Roy Nelson’s pay may not seem like all that for a pretty successful mid-level heavyweight. After all, Cheick Kongo makes like $140,000 a fight. But Roy is a TUF winner himself, and they have a different deal. So I’m sure “Big Country Titties” is a relatively happy camper.
Colton Smith: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Mike Ricci: $8,000
Seeing as how he just won TUF and got a brand new Harley and that pathetic, outdated little plaque, I’d bet Conton’s fine-ass wife treated him to some wonderfully disgusting bedroom antics, the type of stuff men who’ve been married a while no longer get. That would make anyone a happy camper. Ricci made 8k to lose in dominant fashion, and as such will not be able to buy those new Italian shoes that he’s been absolutely dying for. He’s probably unhappier now than when he was stuck in the house and cut off from all the new hairstyles of his people.
Patrick Barry: $44,000 ($22,000 win bonus)
Shane Del Rosario: $20,000
In addition to a 40k Knockout of the Night bonus, Barry is probably pretty content right about now, especially if he maintians perspective and remembers that before UFC 104 he was so poor he was subsiting on rice with ketchup, which is downright nasty. I’ve struggled hard enough to go with rice and bacos, but never ketchup. The next step down from that is ketchup, salt, and pepper soup, and that’s when it’s time to seriously reexamine things. As for Shane, 20k in a losing effort isn’t the end of the world for a UFC newbie, but he’s now dropped his first two Octagon appearances by second round knockout. Not a good start.
Dustin Porier: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus)
Jonathan Brookins: $20,000
Poirier is a happy camper. Scoring a first round knockout is never a bad thing, especially considering the dude is only 23 and boasting a 5-1 UFC record. Brookins has now lost three of his last four, the last two by submission. Sad camper.
Random thoughts on the undercard purses: Mitrione needs to shoot Pyle a call and find out who represents him. Waldburger supplemented his income with some nice Submission of the Night loot, as did Tim Elliot and Jared Papazian with their Fight of the Night performance. And Rustam Khabilov, despite being robbed of Knockout of the Night, gained some excellent name recognition for his brutal suplex clinic. He may starve this Christmas, but if he keeps doing what he’s doing he’ll be a’ight down the road.
Mike Pyle: $78,000 ($39,000 win bonus)
James Head: $12,000
Johnny Bedford: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Marcus Vinicius: $8,000
Rustam Khabilov: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Vinc Pichel: $8,000
TJ Waldburger: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus)
Nick Catone: $13,000
Hugo Viana: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Reuben Duran: $8,000
Mike Rio: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
John Cofer: $8,000
Tim Elliot: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
Jared Papazian: $6,000