The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has released the following salary figures for the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale: Team Rousey vs Team Tate, held Saturday, November 30, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. The main card and part of the preliminary card aired live on FOX Sports 1.
These salary amounts do not include any individual fighter endorsement earnings for this event, nor do they include any undisclosed bonuses which are commonly paid to fighters by Zuffa in private. Fighters pay out of pocket for training, licensing fees and related expenses. Fighters spend months training in preparation for these fights, so they are being paid for their work already completed in the gym, as well as their performance on fight night.
Despite losing his opening prelim fight, Ryan Benoit surprisingly was the top earner of the night with his $108,400 payout. Because his opponent, Josh Sampo, missed weight for their flyweight bout, Benoit was awarded both portions of their 'Fight of the Night' bonus.
Watch Chris Holdsworth's RNC submission of David Grant in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 18 Men's Bantamweight Tournament on FOX Sports 1.
Video features complete fight and sub highlights from the FS1 bout between undefeated Team Alpha Male fighter Chris "Holds It Down" Holdsworth and "Dangerous" Davey Grant at the UFC TUF 18 Finale: Team Rousey vs Team Tate, on Saturday, November 30, 2013, in Las Vegas.
The Ultimate Fighter 18 was coached by UFC Womens Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and number one contender Miesha Tate, who will fight at UFC 168. Chris Holdsworth was the second male pick by Team Tate behind the disgraced Cody Bollinger, who was one of two fighters kicked off of the show for missing weight. Runner-up David Grant was the second male pick by Team Rousey. Miesha Tate went 2-for-2 with Julianna Pena winning the female tournament.
The UFC awarded a total of $200,000 in bonus money to 3 fighters for performances at the UFC TUF 18 Finale: Team Rousey vs Team Tate, held Saturday, November 30, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was headlined by a rubber match between Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard.
After every UFC event, Zuffa officials pay out bonuses to fighters based on exceptional performances. These bonus payouts are made in addition to the contracted salaries or fighter purses of the honored athletes.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship presented The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale: Team Rousey vs Team Tate on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card and part of the preliminary card aired live on FOX Sports 1.
The Ultimate Fighter 18 was the first season of the long-running reality show to feature female fighters, and was coached by UFC Womens Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and number one contender Miesha Tate. Now that the tournaments are complete, with Julianna Pena becoming the inaugural female TUF winner alongside the 30th male TUF winner Chris Holdsworth, the coaches will fight each other on New Year's Eve weekend at UFC 168.