Posted 05/30/2014 by McKinley Noble in UFC

UFC Fight Night 41: Who’s Getting Paid?

Two UFC events in one day is going to be a nightmare for hardcore fans.

This coming weekend features a ton of combat sports events from boxing to ONE FC to Lion Fights (kickboxing), but for MMA fans, May 31st will be a marathon event.

Thankfully, that double-header UFC day isn’t completely devoid of relevant fights. Former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi could very well be looking at a title run if he beats Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 41, while Francis Carmont and C.B. Dolloway are essentially fighting to stay somewhere in the contendership conversation.

Those two fights alone are definitely worth the $10 subscription.

UFC, you had me at “Gegard Mousasi”. (Image via FanSided)

Unfortunately, we won’t learn much about fighter pay for anyone after this event wraps up, due to the card’s location in Berlin, Germany, but there’s still one interesting topic to address.

So before everyone gears up for Saturday, here’s a breakdown of every fighter’s Zuffa-issued paycheck, all based on their last reported salaries.

Main Card

Gegard Mousasi
$175,000 (Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine)
Mark Muñoz
$42,000/$42,000 (UFC 162)
• C.B. Dollaway
$20,000/$20,000 (UFC 146)
Francis Carmont
$19,000/$19,000 (UFC on Fox 7)
• Luke Barnatt
$8,000/$8,000 (TUF 17 Finale)
• Tom Niinimäki
$8,000/$8,000 (TUF 18 Finale)
• Sean Strickland
(No Salary Reported)
• Niklas Bäckström
(No Salary Reported)

Analysis: When the UFC officially bought out their #2 MMA rival, most of Strikeforce’s top fighters wound up making bank when their contracts carried over. In particular, Gegard Mousasi could be rolling in dough.

Back in April 2010, Mousasi reportedly signed a two-year, four-fight contract with Strikeforce before his title defense against Muhammed Lawal, which was a bit surprising given rumors of an offer from the UFC. Whatever the case, the UFC apparently didn’t offer Mr. “Dreamcatcher” quite enough cash. Hence, by the time Mousasi wrapped up his last Strikeforce fight, he made a flat-rate $175,000 to defeat Mike Kyle, capping off a pretty solid 3-0-1 streak.

Given that the UFC bought Strikeforce in March 2011, that means Zuffa was essentially funding Mousasi’s last three Strikeforce fights, so you have to assume that they’re paying him at least $175,000 now that he’s a proper UFC talent and title contender.

As an aside, it’s also interesting to see that Francis Carmont and C.B. Dollaway are making roughly the same paycheck in disclosed salary.

Francis Carmont is a much-higher ranked fighter with a lot of upside given his Canadian fanbase, possible title hopes, and team affiliation with former UFC champion George St-Pierre. Still, Dollaway’s been fighting for the UFC as a pro since 2008, not to mention his stint on The Ultimate Fighter‘s seventh season—back when the show was still a hot property.

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

• Maximo Blanco
$17,000** (TUF 18 Finale)
Iuri Alcantara
$16,000** (UFC FN 26)
• Vaughan Lee
$8,000/$8,000 (UFC Fuel TV 4)
• Drew Dober
$8,000** (TUF 18 Finale)
• Magnus Cedenblad
$6,000/$6,000 (UFC 164)
• Nick Hein
(No Salary Reported)
• Krzysztof Jotko
(No Salary Reported)
• Peter Sobotta
(No Salary Reported)
• Pawel Pawlak
(No Salary Reported)
• Andy Ogle
(No Salary Reported)
• Viktor Pešta
(No Salary Reported)
• Ruslan Magomedov
(No Salary Reported)

Analysis: Despite the general lack of casual name value, the prelims look like exciting, violent fights on paper. But can anyone in the world tell us why Iuri Alcantara—the UFC’s consensus #7 bantamweight (and #5 by MMA Owl’s rankings)—is fighting in the middle of the Fight Pass prelims? This author sure as Hell can’t figure it out.


**=Loss and/or No Win Bonus

[Salaries via MMA Junkie]

McKinley Noble is an MMA conspiracy theorist. His work has appeared in NVisionBleacher Report, PC World, Macworld, GamePro, 1UP, MMA Mania and The L.A. Times. Follow him at @KenTheGreat1 on Twitter.

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