UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall Salaries and Suspensions


Today, the Florida State Boxing Commission released the lists of fighters’ salaries and medical suspensions from this past Friday’s UFC on FX 3 event; which took place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. UFC on FX 3 featured the UFC’s first Flyweight Main Event Headliner; a rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall.

The total disclosed payroll for this event was $423,500. according to the Commission, via MMAJunkie.com.

The full list of salaries is as follows and does not include bonuses such as “Fight of the Night”:

Demetrious Johnson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
defeated Ian McCall: $9,000

Erick Silva: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
defeated Charlie Brenneman: $18,000

Mike Pyle: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
defeated Josh Neer: $14,000

Eddie Wineland: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
defeated Scott Jorgensen: $20,500

Mike Pierce: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
defeated Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000

Seth Baczynski: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
defeated Lance Benoist: $8,000

Matt Grice: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
defeated Leonard Garcia: $20,000

Dustin Pague: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
defeated Jared Papazian: $6,000

Tim Means: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
defeated Justin Salas: $8,000

Buddy Roberts: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
defeated Caio Magalhaes: $8,000

Henry Martinez: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
defeated Bernardo Magalhaes: $6,000

Sean Pierson: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
defeated Jake Hecht: $8,000

In addition to salaries, the commission released a list of medical suspensions due to injuries:

Matt Grice has been suspended indefinitely, pending orthopedic clearance due to possible left foot fracture.
Josh Neer has been suspended 60 days for precautionary reasons due to knockout.
Eddie Wineland has been suspended 60 days due to forehead laceration.
Scott Jorgensen has been suspended 60 days due to possible concussion.
-Lance Benoist has been suspended 45 days due to lacerations on right eyebrow and under right eye.
-Sean Pierson has been suspended 45 days due to scalp laceration.
-Justin Salas has been suspended 30 days due to chin laceration.

Further reading: UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall Attendance and Bonuses

  • The top flyweights of the division are getting paid peanuts. And they are putting on exciting performances.


  • Ian McCall has done some good promoting for this fight 9k is retarded to pay a main even fighter. specially after his last proformance.

  • I guess the UFC only makes 1 million from an event as they pay out more then half to the fighters…./cough

  • On gate figures alone they lost on this one. Live gate was: $329,110; less salaries and bonuses puts them at -$254,390…quarter of a million in the hole. The real question is how much did they recoup in advertising, sponsorship, etc.

  • So how do they decide why some fights get higher win bonus’s

  • I am not sure how UFC does it, exactly. From being involved with other promotions and seeing how they do things, I would assume it is similar. Salaries are decided upon in advance, between the promoter and the fighter’s management team. How they come up with that is usually relative to the fighter’s experience and popularity. Other items negotiated are any win bonuses. For example, a new fighter may agree to $12000, just to step into the cage. He gets that, even if he loses. The win bonus can be twice that figure or the amount can be varied, depending on other conditions. The other variant that comes into play (with boxers, mostly) is weight disparity. If the contract states that he must weigh-in at XXX lbs and the fighter does not make it; sometimes a portion of that purse is forfeited to the other fighter. for example, 1 fighter weighs 175 and the other comes in at 177. In the amateurs, I have seen them give a fighter a few hours to cut 2 lbs. I have also seen them fight at a catchweight with a disparity. I also saw a boxer come in 3 lbs over for a championship fight; the other fighter’s team and the NSAC refused to give him a chance to cut. He forfeited $10,000 from his purse to have the fight. There are a lot of factors at play here. So sorry if I did not give you the answer you wanted, just wanted to offer up a little insight.

  • got it!

  • what you idiots dont understand is fighter make most of theyre money thru sponsors. Plus the ufc usually gives fighters undisclosed bonuses if they performed well even if they lost.

  • That isn’t a point.

    Ian McCall should be making a lot more Jake Hecht that’s for damn sure.

  • I highly doubt the UFC nowadays ever loses out on cards in the end.

    I’m sure the $90Mil or so deal they did with FOX is factored in to it as well

  • basically name value and sometimes a little bit of how high ranked the fighter is.

    To be fair the bigger name and more people you get to watch then you should get more.

  • Also usually when a fighter makes a deal he will stay at that purse for the whole deal. So if a guy signs for 5 fights, even if he wins the championship in his 4th fight, his official purse will be the same the same as the champ in his 5th fight as it was in his 1st fight. When they make a new deal after the first one is finished they will renegotiate his purse.

    But he will extra extra behind the scenes money and sponsorships etc.

  • they also have coaches trainers nutritionist and living costs if they train away from home….

  • Justin Salas should be suspended for longer, as he was rocked multiple times and lost the fight by TKO.

    These salary numbers aren’t surprising. The lighter weight guys simply don’t draw well. This was the lowest rated show for UFC on FX yet.

  • Spot on Keith!

  • I’m sure…I was just comparing Gate to payouts. I have no idea on the numbers around sponsorships, advertising, etc. I know what it costs to sponsor entry level fighters…and what smaller promotions charge to put names on cornerposts, mats, banners, etc…no idea what UFC charges for that.