How Much Do UFC Refs Make? UFC Referee Salary

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Frank Mir celebrates his second round TKO of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as referee Herb Dean stops the fight.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Aug 24, 2022, 5:10 PM
  • Find out how much UFC referees make.
  • The pay depends on their experience.

The UFC is home for the most memorable and violent finishes, either via KO/TKO or submission stoppage, but further damage to a fighter can be mitigated thanks to the third man inside the Octagon, the referee.

These in-fight officials are crucial to an athlete’s safety and important for online sports betting, especially when a fan places a bet on the UFC odds’ total round betting.

But how much do UFC referees make? And how their pay varies depending on their experience and the event they are officiating?

How Much Do UFC Refs Make?

A UFC referee can earn from $500 to $2,500 per fight. This varies on their experience level, as an entry-level referee should receive a minimum pay of $500 per bout, while a veteran referee, like Herb Dean and Marc Goddard, bags a whopping $2,500 per fight.

Additionally, female referees (though very few) who officiate a women’s bout earn around $1,000 per fight and up to $3,500 during pay-per-view events.

Extra Pay or Bonuses

The standard pay of UFC referees also increases, especially when they officiate during pay-per-view events. 

A professional and experienced referee who receives a standard pay of $2,500 for a Fight Night will be compensated with a maximum salary of $10,000, equivalent to $400,000 per year.

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.