UFC Florida: Salaries, Medical Suspensions And Appeals

UFC Florida marked the end of a triumphant week for Dana White and his team. The promotion’s long standing president promised fans three action packed events and his fighters truly delivered. Now that the Octagon door has closed in Florida for the final time this week, let’s take a look at the salaries and medical suspensions of those involved.

Alistair Overeem came out on top with a huge win over Walt ‘The Big Ticket’ Harris. Despite the emotional implications linked with the fight, Overeem remained professional and walked away with $400,000 for his efforts. In comparison, Harris took home $75,000 but was grateful towards Dana and the UFC for their assistance, following the tragic death of his step daughter Aniah Blanchard.

UFC Florida saw Overeem make his 18th appearance for the organisation and in a similar fashion to Andrei Arlovski, his huge salary proves that it pays to be loyal in the fight game.

Claudia Gadelha netted a cool $108,000 for her controversial split decision victory over Angela ‘Overkill’ Hill in the co-main slot. While middleweight gatekeeper Krzysztof Jotko matched Gadelha’s pay for his all-action win over Eryk Anders.

Full List Of Disclosed Salaries (via MMA Fighting):

Alistair Overeem: $400,000

Walt Harris: $75,000

Claudia Gadelha: $108,000

Angela Hill: $54,000

Dan Ige: $100,000

Edson Barboza: $79,000

Krzysztof Jotko: $108,000

Eryk Anders: $61,000

Song Yadong: $146,000 (including $50,000 bonus)

Marlon Vera: $115,000 (including $50,000 bonus)

Miguel Baeza: $74,000 (including $50,000 bonus)

Matt Brown: $85,000

Kevin Holland: $52,000

Anthony Hernandez: $12,000

Giga Chikadze: $28,000

Irwin Rivera: $14,000

Nate Landwehr: $26,000

Darren Elkins: $62,000

Cortney Casey: $150,000 (including $50,000 bonus)

Mara Romero Borella: $20,000

Rodrigo Nascimento: $20,000

Don’Tale Mayes: $10,000


With a larger than average percentage of decision results, the card showcased some incredible three round wars between elite strikers. However, these epic battles came at a price for some of the fighters involved. Below is a list of medical suspensions as confirmed by the Florida State Athletic Commission.

Medical Suspensions Following UFC Florida:

Alistair Overeem: 45 days

Walt Harris: 45 days

Claudia Gadelha: 30 days

Dan Ige: 30 days

Edson Barboza: 30 days

Song Yadong: 30 days

Marlon Vera: 30 days

Matt Brown: 60 days

Miguel Baeza: 180 days or medical clearance. 30 days mandatory.

Anthony Hernandez: 45 days

Giga Chikadze: 180 days or medical clearance. 30 days mandatory

Irwin Rivera: 180 days or medical clearance. 30 days mandatory

Darren Elkins: 45 days

Nate Landwehr: 30 days

Mara Romero Borella: 180 days or medical clearance. 30 days mandatory

Rodrigo Nascimento: Requires medical clearance, 30 days mandatory


In other UFC Florida news, Edson Barboza try to launch an official appeal against his decision loss to Dan Ige during his 145lbs debut but the appeal was denied. Barboza’s manager Alex Davis, explained why to MMA Junkie.

“We wanted to come in front of them and analyse the fight and show them the decision was wrong. They can’t allow it because for that to happen, I would have to accuse the judges of fraud, or Ige of having taken [performance-enhancing drugs]. I have no suspicion of fraud, and I don’t think he takes PEDs. I think he’s a great fighter, and he fought really well. I can’t appeal because of that.”

Were you surprised by any of the medical suspensions or salaries from UFC Florida?


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