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UFC Career Fighter Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | August 20, 2019 l Shop all things UFC at Amazon! (The MMA Manifesto is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com) Which fighter has earned the most money over the course of their UFC career?  We’ve crunched the numbers and have the answer for you.  And the names at the top of the list probably won’t surprise many. But, before we reveal the list, first some ground rules.  Athletic commissions didn’t start releasing fighter...

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Dana White's Contender Series: Season 3, Week 9 Fight Card

By: Jeff Fox | August 19, 2019 Dana White’s Contender Series – Season 3, Week 9Aug 20, 2019UFC APEXLas Vegas, Nevada DWTNCS Season 3, Week 9 Fight Card Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Main Card (ESPN+ – 8:00 pm Eastern) Welterweights:Leon Shahbazyan   (7-1) vs Phil Rowe   (6-2) Light Heavyweights:Marcos Brigagao    (11-0) vs Jamal Pogues    (6-2) Bantamweights:Desmond Torres    (7-1) vs Steve Garcia   (8-3) Women’s Strawweights:Micol DiSegni   (7-2) vs Mallory Martin  (4-2) Bantamweights:Ricky Steele   (5-0) vs Phil Caracappa   (6-0) Betting Odds (The MMA Manifesto is a...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Welterweights: Aug 19/19

By: Jeff Fox | August 19, 2019 Mar 16, 2019; London, UK; Leon Edwards (red gloves) defeats Gunnar Nelson (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come...

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Raphael Assuncao Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | August 19, 2019 Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Raphael Assuncao (red gloves) fights Rob Font (blue gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Raphael Assuncao Career Earnings WEC & UFC fights only, * denotes an estimated purse, doesn’t include PPV and/or “locker room” bonuses Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event WEC 40 – Apr 5/09 – W (Massouh) – $18,000 ($9,000 to...

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Anthony Pettis Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | August 19, 2019 BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 17: Anthony Pettis looks on during his lightweight bout against Eddie Alvarez (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night 81 at TD Banknorth Garden on January 17, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Anthony Pettis Career Earnings (WEC & UFC pay only, not including PPV or locker room bonuses, Reebok sponsorship started with UFC 189) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event WEC 41 – Jun 7/09 – W (Campbell) – $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 win...

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Derek Brunson Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | August 19, 2019   NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 11: Anderson Silva of Brazil (L) exchanges punches with Derek Brunson (R) of United States in their middleweight bout during UFC 208 at the Barclays Center on February 11, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images) Derek Brunson Career Earnings (UFC & Strikeforce only. Not including PPV bonuses, Reebok sponsorship started July 2015) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs Terry – Jun 24/11...

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Stipe Miocic Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | August 18, 2019 Jan 20, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Stipe Miocic (red gloves) fights Francis Ngannou (blue gloves) during UFC 220 at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Stipe Miocic Career Earnings (UFC fights only; PPV and/or undisclosed bonuses not included; Reebok sponsorship started July 2015) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC 136 – Oct 8/11 – W (Beltran) – $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)* UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs Ellenberger – Feb 15/12 – W (De Fries)...

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Daniel Cormier Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | August 18, 2019 Daniel Cormier Career Earnings (UFC & Strikeforce only. Not including PPV bonuses, Reebok sponsorship started July 2015) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs Cummings – Sept 25/09 – W (Frazier) – $10,000 Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs Mahe – Mar 26/10 – W (Devine) – $500 Strikeforce: Houston – Aug 21/10 – W (Riley) – N/A Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs Saffiedine – Jan 7/11 – W (Cole) – N/A Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum – Jun 18/11 – W...

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UFC 241 Fighter Salaries, Incentive Pay, Attendance & Gate

By: Jeff Fox | August 18, 2019 Attendance:   17,304Gate:   $3,237,032 Stipe Miocic:   $830,000 ($750,000 to show, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $30,000 fight week incentive pay) Daniel Cormier:   $540,000 ($500,000 to show, $40,000 fight week incentive pay) Nate Diaz:   $270,000 ($250,000 to show, $20,000 fight week incentive pay) Yoel Romero:   $210,000 ($150,000 to show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $10,000 fight week incentive pay) Derek Brunson:   $205,000 ($95,000 to show, $95,000 win bonus, $15,000 fight week incentive pay) Anthony Pettis:   $175,000 ($155,000 to show, $20,000 fight week incentive pay) Paulo Costa:   $174,000 ($60,000 to show, $60,000 win...

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The Statistical Star of UFC 241: Nate Diaz

By: Jeff Fox | August 18, 2019 August 17, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Nate Diaz following his match against Anthony Pettis during UFC 241 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Mixed martial arts may not have reached its statistical revolution stage like other sports (and perhaps it never will given its primordial nature), but there is still plenty of good data out there.  So, following each UFC event, The MMA Manifesto will parse the numbers provided by FightMetric and target which pugilist enjoyed the best statistical night. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for...

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UFC 241 Pick 'Em Results

By: Jeff Fox | August 18, 2019 Congratulations to Daniel Sansone for winning our UFC 241  Pick ‘Em Contest, and to Sam Keary for being August’s winner!  Next Pick ‘Em action will be for UFC 242 on Sept 7th. Thanks for playing! Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! Consensus Picks Daniel Cormier – 73%Nate Diaz – 51%Yoel Romero – 76%Sodiq Yusuff – 79%Derek Brunson – 56% Consensus Overall Record in 2019: 77-40 (66%) UFC 241 Pick ‘Em Results 1 Daniel Sansone 12 2 Barry Oh 8 2 Dustin...

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Nate Diaz Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | August 18, 2019 LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: Nate Diaz (L) squares off against Conor McGregor during their welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by majority decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images) Nate Diaz Career Earnings (UFC fights only, doesn’t include any PPV bonuses or other bonuses, Reebok sponsorship pay came in to effect at UFC 189) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event TUF 5 Finale – Jun 23/07...

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Yoel Romero Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | August 18, 2019 February 10, 2018; Perth, Australia; Yoel Romero moves in with a kick against Luke Rockhold during UFC 221 at Perth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stewart Allen-USA TODAY Sports Yoel Romero Career Earnings (Strikeforce & UFC only – doesn’t including undisclosed bonuses of PPV earnings) * denotes an estimated purse Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event Strikeforce: Barnett vs Kharitonov – Sep 10/11 – L (Cavalcante) – $10,000 UFC on Fox: Henderson vs Melendez – Apr 20/13 – W (Starks) – $70,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus,...

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How to Watch UFC 241: Cormier vs Miocic 2 Live Stream

By: Jeff Fox | August 17, 2019 Another big UFC PPV of the summer of 2019 goes down today from Anaheim (click here for the full fight card).  Here’s how to watch the event. Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today! ET U.S. Canada U.K. Brazil Latin America Main Card 10:00 PM ESPN+ PPV PPV BT Sport 2 Combate Fox Sports Prelims 8:00 PM ESPN TSN5 BT Sport 2 Combat Fox Sports Early Prelims 6:30 PM UFC Fight Pass UFC Fight Pass UFC Fight Pass UFC Fight...

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Paulo Costa Career Earnings

By: Jeff Fox | August 16, 2019 Aug 16, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Paulo Costa during weigh ins for UFC 241 at Anaheim Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Paulo Costa Career Earnings UFC fights only, * denotes an estimated purse, doesn’t include PPV and/or “locker room” bonuses Click on event name for full payout for all fighters for that event UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs Gastelum – Mar 11/17 – W (McLellan) – $72,500 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus, $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, $2,500 Reebok sponsorship)* UFC 212 – Jun 3/17 –...

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MMA Fight Announcement Tracker: Aug 16/19

By: Jeff Fox | August 16, 2019 Apr 22, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Al Iaquinta (red gloves) defeats Diego Sanchez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports As Ferris Bueller said: “Life in the MMA world moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  Or something like that.   But fight announcements do come fast and furious these days, so it’s easy to miss them.  But don’t worry, The MMA Manifesto has got you covered.  Our  MMA  Fight Announcement Roundup will let you know what fights have...

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UFC Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Middleweights: Aug 16/19

By: Jeff Fox | August 16, 2019 Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Israel Adesanya (middle) reacts after a bout against Kelvin Gastelum (not pictured) during UFC 236 at State Farm Arena. Adesanya won by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports There is constant debate about the “official” UFC fighter rankings, which are based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh,...

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Watch: Conor McGregor Throws Punch at Man in Bar

By: Jeff Fox | August 15, 2019 NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 10: UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor addresses the media during the UFC 205 press conference at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Conor McGregor is finally back to fighting. Unfortunately, it isn’t inside the UFC octagon, or even a boxing ring. This fight occurred this past April in a pub in Ireland. TMZ reports that Notorious took umbrage when an older man refused his offer of a shot of his Proper Twelve whiskey. As...

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Light Heavvyweights: Aug 14/19

By: Jeff Fox | August 14, 2019 SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 06: Melvin Manhoef of the Netherlands celebrates victory over Ryo Kawamura of Japan during the One Fighting Championship, at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Singapore. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin...

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