Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

TUF 18 Finale Fighter Salaries: Main Eventers Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz Top Payroll

MMAWeekly.com
TUF 18 Finale Fighter Salaries: Main Eventers Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz Top Payroll
.

View photo

TUF 18 Finale Fighter Salaries: Main Eventers Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz Top Payroll

Despite losing the fight, The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale main eventer Gray Maynard topped the fighter salaries released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.

Nate Diaz, who knocked Maynard out, was the next highest paid fighter on the payroll, drawing $30,000 for the victory over Maynard.

The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale took place Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners' bonuses.

Although mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters' salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.

TUF 18 Finale Fighter Salaries

Nate Diaz: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Gray Maynard: $45,000

Julianna Peña: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jessica Rakoczy: $8,000

Chris Holdsworth: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Davey Grant: $8,000

Jessamyn Duke: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Peggy Morgan: $8,000

Raquel Pennington: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Roxanne Modafferi: $8,000

Akira Corassani: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Maximo Blanco: $17,000

Tom Niinimaki: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Rani Yahya: $20,000

Jared Rosholt: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Walter Harris: $8,000

Sean Spencer: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Drew Dober: $8,000

Josh Sampo: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Ryan Benoit: $8,000

TUF 18 Finale Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $312,000

Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Football
View Comments (68)