Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson, who both recorded victories on Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, topped the list of official salaries for the event, which were released today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Sanchez earned $90,000 for his main event win over Clay Guida ($23,000), while Stevenson received $70,000 by topping Nate Diaz ($20,000) in the first bout of the Spike-televised main card. The total disclosed payroll for the event (excluding fight night bonuses) was $430,000.
The event took place at The Pearl in Las Vegas and drew a sell-out attendance of 1,800 for a live gate of $500,000.
The official salaries for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, as reported to the NSAC, were:
- Diego Sanchez ($90,000 – includes $45,000 win bonus)* def. Clay Guida ($23,000)*
- James Wilks ($16,000 – includes $8,000 win bonus) def. DaMarques Johnson ($8,000)
- Chris Lytle ($36,000 – includes $18,000 win bonus)* def. Kevin Burns ($9,000)*
- Ross Pearson ($16,000) def. Andre Winner ($8,000)
- Joe Stevenson ($70,000 – includes $35,000 win bonus)* def. Nate Diaz ($20,000)*
- Melvin Guillard ($24,000) – includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Gleison Tibau ($17,000)
- Brad Blackburn ($18,000 – includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Edgar Garcia ($5,000)
- Tomasz Drwal ($15,600 – includes $7,000 win bonus)*^ def. Mike Ciesnoleviscz ($6,400)^
- Nick Osipczak ($16,000 – includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Frank Lester ($8,000)
- Jason Dent ($16,000 – includes $8,000 win bonus)* def. Cameron Dollar ($8,000)
* Salaries do not include fight night bonuses.
^ The salaries of Drwal and Ciesnoleviscz have been adjusted for the 20% ($1,600) Ciesnoleviscz paid Drwal for failing to make weight.
[Pictured: Diego Sanchez]