UFC 155 payroll: JDS takes home $400k.
UFC 155 SALARIES: DOS SANTOS, NEW CHAMP VELASQUEZ TOP $1.261 MILLION PAYROLL
Win or lose at UFC 155, heavyweight Junior Dos Santos took home a disclosed $400,000 salary.
As it turned out, Dos Santos lost, allowing new champ Cain Velasquez to retake his belt and bank a disclosed $200,000 at the event this past Saturday, which boasted a $1.261 million payroll. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday received the list of disclosed purses from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
UFC 155 took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Main-card fights aired live on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
The event drew a reported 12,423 attendance for $3.286 million live gate.
Other top earners included lightweight Jim Miller, who co-headlined the event with a barnburner fight against Joe Lauzon. He not only took home $82,000 for the fight, but he and Lauzon also picked up an additional $65,000 for "Fight of the Night."
Additionally, middleweight Yushin Okami took home $84,000 for a second rout of Alan Belcher, who had been in the running for a title shot before dropping a unanimous decision to the Japanese vet.
The full list of paydays from the 12-bout card include:
Champ Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Junior Dos Santos: $400,000
Jim Miller: $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Lauzon: $27,000
Constantinos Philippou: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Boetsch: $37,000
Yushin Okami: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Alan Belcher: $37,000
Derek Brunson: $30,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Leben: $51,000
Eddie Wineland: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Brad Pickett: $17,000
Erik Perez: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Bryon Bloodworth $6,000
Jamie Varner: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Melvin Guillard: $42,000
Myles Jury: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Johnson $14,000
Todd Duffee: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
def. Phil De Fries: $14,000
Max Holloway: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Leonard Garcia: $20,000
John Moraga: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Cariaso: $12,000
Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter's income. They also do not include any other "locker room" or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include portions of the pay-per-view revenue that some top-level fighters receive.
For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out additional $65,000 UFC 145 bonuses to Duffee ("KO of the Night"), Moraga ("Submission of the Night"), and Miller and Lauzon ("Fight of the Night").
In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.
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That is CRAZY! I didn't expect JDS to have such a high base salary. Lauzon's base pay is pretty low, though he probably gets a bunch of backstage bonuses. Brunson took home quite a bit for a newcomer.