The California State Athletic Commission has published the payroll from Friday's Tachi Palace Fights 10 event. The promotion, christened "TPF 10: Let the Chips Fall", took place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.
The card featured bouts between several of the worlds chief flyweights, and reported a total payroll of $85,500, a figure that is striking in its affordability.
Tachi Palace Fights 10 was headlined by a championship bout for the TPF flyweight title between top-5 fighters Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall and Darrell "The Mongoose" Montague. A WEC-veteran, McCall defeated Montague in the third round via rear-naked choke, capturing the belt and cracking the former champion's six-fight win streak.
According to UFC President Dana White's recent indication that the UFC will be adding a flyweight division its the roster, it's likely that many of these fighters may soon be competing under a different banner for much larger salaries. Still, Tachi Palace entertainment coordinator Jeremy Luchau seems content with the notion, as he told MMAJunkie.com last month.
"We're here to prepare fighters for the next level of competition," he said. "We're a proving ground for fighters. We're not trying to grow too big and compete with the UFCs and Strikeforces or the Bellators of the world. We're a regional promotion, and we're just trying to do the little things we can do well.
"Although we've focused really heavily on those four or five [flyweights] over the past year and a half, there are still other guys who haven't gotten their chance that are going to be able to prove they belong in the UFC."
Tachi Palace Fights 10's payouts:
Ian McCall: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
Darrell Montague: $4,000
Eddie Yagin: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
Joe Soto: $6,000
Jussier da Silva: $7,000 ($3,500 win bonus)
Mamoru Yamaguchi: $4,000
Giva Santana: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
Doug Marshall: $8,000
Jorge Lopez: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus)
David Marshall: $3,000
Ulysses Gomez: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
Drew Bittner: $1,500
Kenny Ento: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus)
Phil Collins: $3,000
Brad McDonald: $2,000 ($1,000 win bonus)
Sergio Quinones: $1,000
Musa Toliver: $3,000 ($1,500 win bonus)
Andy Miranda: $3,000