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UFC Referees Match Fees

Ultimate Fighting Championship start paying higher money to staff members. Match referees play key role to make sure the results are fair. How much do UFC referees earn per match. Do UFC offer them any contracts for year or long-term deal.

A report revealed in 2019, professional referees with experience 2-5 years in MMA earn $1,500 per match. His or Her earnings get double when selected for the UFC main pay-per-view event weekly or monthly fights. Pay-per-view fights UFC referee earn almost $8k.

UFC Referees Salaries 2020 (Revealed)

RefereesPer Match FeesPay-per-view FeesYearly Earnings

Professional Referee$2,500$10,000$380,000

Entry Level Referees$250N/A$14,500

Female Referees$1000$3,500 $60,000

Professional UFC Referees Salary ($1,500): Professional referees one of the match official who got experienced more than 3-5 years. They are well known with rules and regulation of the UFC. Estimated yearly earnings based on UFC events a professional ref make ($380k).

Women referees pay in UFC

Women UFC Referees Salary ($250): Kim Winslow most famous women official in UFC. She rise to fame from (Strikeforce). According to sources ($1000) paid to her for The Ultimate Fighter 9 finale match between (Nick Osipczak vs Frank Lester). In future any women referee become part of official member she get paid $1k per match fight on base of her experience in MMA.

marc goddard earnings 2020

Rookie Referees Salary ($250): The young referees selected for the UFC fights earn $250 per fight when they selected. They won’t get many matches but complete official duties for the under-card fights. A rookie referee get contract on base of his performance, contract is just a year long so that he/she can develop his ref’s skills and understand rules and regulation of the sports.


RefereesMain Card Match FeesHigh Profile Fight FeesAnnual Earnings

Herb Dean$1,500$10,000$380,000

John McCarthy$1,500$10,000$380,000

Marc Goddard$1,500$10,000$380,000

John Sharp$1,500$10,000$380,000

Mario Yamasaki$1,500$7,500$330,000

Kim Winslow (Retired)$1000$3,500N/A

How Much UFC Referee’s Get Paid PPV’s Fights:

Herb Dean, John McCarthy, and John Sharp regular referee’s appear in the main pay-per-view events of UFC and MMA. According to sources Herb Dean earnings more than other referee’s because he get paid cash bonus if gateway income increase more then expected. Herb Dean make ($10k) per main event title fight. McCarthy and Sharp also earn $8k-10k per pay-per-view event as match official.

No information ever shared by UFC, they always keep secret some of the financial information of their staff. Recently some sports site revealed the salaries of the UFC staff officials. Crunchy Sports reported UFC referees salaries compared to WWE referees pay (source) is lower. The above salary information taken from trusted sources MMA Mania, BJpenn, Forbes Magazine, Sports Unplug, Bloody Elbow and Sports Business FR.




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