‘TUF 18’ Finale Salaries: Gray Maynard ($45,000), Nate Diaz ($30,000) Top Payroll

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 2, 2013
Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz were the top earners at “The Ultimate Fighter 18” finale. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Event headliners Nate Diaz ($30,000) and Gray Maynard ($45,000) took home the largest purses at Saturday’s “Ultimate Fighter 18” finale.

The Nevada Athletic Commission released payroll information on Monday. Diaz avenged an earlier loss to Maynard, stopping “The Bully” on punches 2:38 into the opening frame. The “TUF 18” finale took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and crowned male and female bantamweight champions from the recently completed reality show.

Chris Holdsworth ($16,000) submitted Davey Grant ($8,000) to become the men’s bantamweight winner, while Julianna Pena ($16,000) earned a technical knockout triumph over Jessica Rakoczy ($8,000) in the women’s 135-pound final.

Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their performance.

“TUF 18” Finale Salaries:

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

Julianna Pena: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Jessica Rakoczy: $8,000

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

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

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

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

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

Jared Rosholt: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Walt Harris: $8,000

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

Joshua Sampo: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Ryan Benoit: $8,000


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