Despite forfeiting 20-percent of his earnings to opponent Jason MacDonald, middleweight Wilson Gouveia remained the top earner at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale, earning $36,800 for his first-round technical knockout victory. MacDonald was the second-highest paid fighter on the card, receiving $35,200 for the losing effort.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released the official salaries for the event, which took place on Saturday at The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas and aired live on Spike TV.
All cast members of The Ultimate Fighter 8, including champions Efrain Escudero and Ryan Bader, received $8,000 to show and $8,000 to win.
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $289,000.
The official salaries do not include bonuses and also exclude taxes, fees, sponsor payments, and other miscellaneous payments and fees.
Junie Browning, Dave Kaplan, Anthony Johnson, and Krzyzstof Soszynski each received additional $25,000 “Fight Night” bonuses for their efforts at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale.
The Ultimate Fighter 8 Fighter Salaries
- Efrain Escudero ($16,000) def. Phillipe Nover ($8,000)
- Ryan Bader ($16,000) def. Vinny Magalhaes ($8,000)
- Wilson Gouveia ($36,800) def. Jason MacDonald ($35,200)
- Anthony Johnson $18,000 def. Kevin Burns ($7,000)
- Junie Browning ($16,000) def. Dave Kaplan ($8,000)
- Krzysztof Soszynski ($16,000) def. Shane Primm ($8,000)
- Eliot Marshall ($16,000) def. Jules Bruchez ($8,000)
- Shane Nelson ($16,000) def. George Roop ($8,000)
- Tom Lawlor ($16,000) def. Kyle Kingsbury ($8,000)
- Roli Delgado ($16,000) def. John Polakowski ($8,000)
For a recap and complete results from The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale click here.