The salaries of two of the UFC’s newest high profile recruits has been revealed this week.
According to Yahoo! Sports Steve Cofield on this weeks edition of MMA Live, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields signed a deal that will see him earn $80,000 to show and $80,000 for a win.
It’s decent money, but not spectacular given that he’s on a fourteen fight unbeaten run including a recent win over Dan Henderson. It seems a smart move on the UFC’s part though since Shields is not considered a major draw in the sport.
Meanwhile MiddleEasy.com suggest that boxer James Toney will receive $50,000 to fight, and $100,000 if he wins. Toney’s contract is believed to be for three fights, though he has the option to leave after just one.
It’s rare that the UFC pays out more for a win like this, but if it’s true then again this seems like good business from the promotion. There’s been a suspicion that Toney has come over to MMA purely as a way to earn money despite his constant bragging that he will defeat any UFC fighter that’s put in front of him.
This deal is structured so that he has to back up his words in the cage if he wants to earn a significant pay packet.