MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed that the new deal will pay him $25,000 “to show” and $25,000 as a “win bonus” for each fight of the new deal. (The figures were first revealed in his MySpace interview.) Leben had been making just $10,000 to show and $10,000 to win since his official UFC debut in April 2005.
Last year Leben threatened to leave the UFC in favor of Hawaii’s ICON Sport ,if his pay was not increased. Leben currently coaches and trains at the ICON Sport fitness center in Honolulu Hawaii.