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In the wake of Ian McCall's losing effort in a close-fought decision to Demetrious Johnson on UFC on FX 3, many fans were shocked and upset about McCall's reported salary. The Florida State Boxing Commission release stated that McCall made a paltry $9000. Generally speaking, salaries at $10K to show/10K to win are reserved for prospects making their debut and The Ultimate Fighter veterans. Ian McCall is one of the top 3 fighters at Flyweight and was a headliner for the event, so it's understandable why people were upset.
Not one to let his fans fret, McCall took to MMA Underground this morning to clear the air:
Dana says he doesn't like to give out real numbers, which is def. the truth cause i came on here and saw people saying things like i shoulda got paid more even though i lost but i headlined the card..
i did, dana sent me an extra 25k right after the fight plus i got main event sponsor money haha
the UFC pays you to do your job, if you do it than you get paid good.. in my UFC debut i made over 80,000... thats a lot of money for a division half the MMA community didn't know existed!!
i love all of you guys, most of you know my life story, i just wanted you to know that i get taken care of by the UFC real well, ESPECIALLY when it comes to $!
All i gotta do now is beat the crap out of someone and move forward and start making anderson moneyyy !!!!!!! :)
So, it looks like McCall got about 4 times what was reported to the commission, plus his sponsorship money. Also, it looks like he got a decent bonus for his Fight Of The Night winning performance against Demetrious Johnson at UFC On FX 2, where the two first met. Assuming his base pay was the same, McCall would have made $59,000 from his salary and fight bonus.