August 31, 2009

MMAWeekly has obtained fighter salary information from the Oregon State Athletic Commission for UFC 102 featuring Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, which took place on Saturday, August 29, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

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

Although mixed martial arts 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 a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.

In the listings below, "Main Event Fighters" are defined as fighters who compete in the main event of a show. "Main Card Fighters" are defined as fighters whose fights appear on the main card, but not in the main event. "Preliminary Card 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 TV or Internet broadcast.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ($400,000/includes win bonus of $150,000) def. Randy Couture ($250,000)

Thiago Silva ($58,000/includes win bonus of $29,000) def. Keith Jardine ($55,000)

Jake Rosholt ($26,000/includes win bonus of $13,000) def. Chris Leben ($30,000)

Nate Marquardt ($80,000/includes win bonus of $40,000) def. Demian Maia ($28,000)

Brandon Vera ($70,000/includes win bonus of $35,000) def. KrzystzofSoszynski ($8,000)

Aaron Simpson ($18,000/includes win bonus of $9,000) def. Ed Herman ($24,000)

Gabriel Gonzaga ($120,000/includes win bonus of $60,000) def. ChrisTuchscherer ($10,000)

Mike Russow ($20,000/includes win bonus of $10,000) def. Justin McCully ($15,000)

Todd Duffee ($10,000/includes win bonus of $5,000) def. Tim Hague ($7,000)

Mark Munoz ($24,000/includes win bonus of $12,000) def. Nick Catone ($5,000)

Evan Dunham ($14,000/includes win bonus of $7,000) def. Marcus Aurelio ($13,000)

TOTAL PAYROLL: $1,285,000

Fight of the Night: Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Knockout of the Night: Nate Marquardt

Submission of the Night: Jake Rosholt

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