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TUF 18 Finale Salaries: Diaz Earns Less Than Maynard, Despite TKO Win

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission has revealed the disclosed salaries from The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.

For his victory over Gray Maynard, Nate Diaz surprisingly only received $30,000, including a $15,000 win bonus. Maynard meanwhile took home $45,000. That’s a very strange imbalance, especially considering Diaz is approaching his 20th bout in the promotion, and is now ranked #5 in the division.

TUF winners Julianna Pena and Chris Holdsworth each won $8,000, plus an additional $8,000 win bonus. Their opponents took home the base $8,000 paycheck.

Interestingly, all of the other fighters on the card were given the exact same pay structure: $8,000 base salary with an $8,000 win bonus.

The total payout for the show was $312,000, not including “Of the Night” bonuses, sponsorships, and deductions for insurance, taxes, and licenses.

Here is the full list of salaries, as obtained by MMAJunkie.com:

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

Julianna Pena: $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