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UFC: Is Nate Diaz being Hustled?



Since winning Season Five of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Nate Diaz has been a permanent fixture in the UFC topping several cards and fighting for a title along the way. When Diaz fought Benson Henderson for the Lightweight title back in December 2012 he received $50,000, which I'm guessing because of it being a title fight it was a One time thing (unless he won he may have kept that contract). Now, suprisingly though after 19 fights with the company Nate has been reverted back to only making $15,000 basic for a fight. To me that's pretty shocking considering his appeal and fighting ability. I have decided to look into this strange payroll situation and have devised a list of fighters who earn more, here are the stipulations;

  • Current UFC Fighters who, in their last fight earned more basic pay than Diaz
  • Competed on Nates' season of TUF, or
  • Competed on following seasons of TUF

All payroll stats were obtained from www.mma-manifesto.com

TUF Season 5

Gray Maynard: $45,000, 14 UFC Fights, UFC Record 9-3-1-1 No Contest (NC)

Matt Wiman: $18,000, 14 UFC Fights, UFC Record 9-5

Joe Lauzon: $27,000, 15 UFC Fights, UFC Record 9-6

Manny Gamburyan: $20,000, 9 UFC Fights, 4 WEC Fights (under ZUFFA), UFC Record 4-5, WEC Record 3-1

Cole Miller: $26,000, 15 UFC Fights, UFC Record 9-6

TUF Season 6

Mac Danzig: $30,000, 12 UFC Fights, UFC Record 5-7

George Sotiropoulos: $15,000 11 UFC Fights, UFC Record 7-4

TUF Season 7

CB Dollaway: $20,000, 12 UFC Fights, UFC Record 7-5


Amir Sadollah: $24,000, 10 UFC Fights, UFC Record 6-4


Matt Brown: $33,000, 16 UFC Fights, UFC Record 11-5

TUF Season 8


Ryan Bader: $47,000, 12 UFC Fights, UFC Record 8-4

TUF Season 9


Ross Pearson: $20,000, 11 UFC Fights, UFC Record 7-3-0-1NC

TUF Season 10

Brendan Schaub: $18,000, 9 UFC Fights, UFC Record 6-3

Roy Nelson: $24,000, 11 UFC Fights, UFC Record 6-5

TUF Season 11


Court McGee: $20,000,7 UFC Fights, UFC Record 5-2


Seth Baczynski: $16,000, 7 UFC Fights, UFC Record 7-3


Costa Philippou: $18,000, 7 UFC Fights , UFC Record 5-2

TUF Season 12

Michael Johnson: $18,000, 9 UFC Fights, UFC Record 5-4

TUF Season 13

John Dodson: $15,000, 5 UFC Fights, UFC Record

TUF Season 14


Diego Brandao: $20,000, 5 UFC Fights, UFC Record 4-1


Understandably, as an unwritten rule, heavier fighters generally get more pay as they are more of an attraction for the company, but where Diaz is concerned he is definitely one of the most watched fighters on their roster, love him or hate him, you still watch him.

Nate Diaz Highlight Video Here

To be honest when I chose just to do the TUF fighters it was sctratching the surface. There are probably a lot of fighters that have fought less than 19 fights for the company and haven't headlined an event or fought for a title who are making a hell of a lot more money than Diaz. I'm no businessman but the UFC are certainly winning where Nate Diaz is involved

So gimme your input on what you think of the situation. Is Diaz being hustled? who is responsible for Diaz lack of show money? The UFC, his manager or himself? if I have left anyone off let me know.

Written by Ryan Naylor MMA enthusiast/predictor and writer


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