The Washington Department of Licensing has released the fighter purses for the UFC on FOX 5, and as with any payroll situation, there are those who are sporting massive hard-ons, and those who are making some tough decisions right about now. Here are the official payouts via MMAWeekly, which of course are strictly contracted amounts and do not include Fight Night bonuses, “locker room” bonuses, sponsorships, or any other form of compensation.
Benson Henderson: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Nate Diaz: $50,000
Henderson is a happy camper. $78,000 might not seem like much for a defending champion, but champions’ contracts include all sorts of sweet bennies, and even though there is no PPV loot to be had in this case, I’d be surprised if his management failed to work a sweet bonus into the deal. Nate is not a happy camper. Sure, 50 Gs aint a bad payday, but he lost a title fight, decisively no less, in the most stacked division in the sport. Another shot will not come too quickly.
Alexander Gustafsson: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Mauricio Rua: $175,000
Both happy campers. Shogun made enough beans to keep that hot ass wife of his happy. But lord knows how many fights he has left. Alexander, at just 25 years old, pulled in a handsome payday, defeated a legend, and has a very bright future.
Rory MacDonald: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. BJ Penn: $150,000
Both happy campers. As a young man of 22, Rory should be thrilled with his payday, although with his shopping addiction who knows how far that will stretch. But the great win over BJ will be worth far more when it comes time to renegotiate his contract. BJ may or may not be done. Either way, 150k isn’t a bad way to go out, and on his name alone he can make a comfortable living for the remainder of his life.
Matt Brown: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Swick: $48,000
After a rocky stretch in 2010 that saw him go 0-3, Brown is now riding high on a four fight win streak. Add to that a nice paycheck, his fourth of 2012 by the way, and I’d say Matt is a happy camper. Swick earned no money from February of 2010 to August of this year. Getting knocked out sucks, no doubt, but not as bad as going 2 ½ years without any money.
As for the supporting cast, there are a few notables: On top of his 32k, Yves Edwards earned 65k in Knockout of the Night cash; Daron Cruickshank may be one making those tough decisions right now, such as food or heat, but with a spectacular head-kick, walk-off knockout he has become a fighter to watch; Dennis Siver out-earned Gustafsson despite being buried on the undercard; and of course the night’s happiest camper is Scott Jorhensen, who in addition to his 41k earned both Fight and Submission of the Night to the tune of $171,000, and has rid himself of that unsightly skin condition. Way to go Scott!
Yves Edwards: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Jeremy Stephens: $24,000
Raphael Assuncao: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Easton: $14,000
Ramsey Nijem: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Proctor: $8,000
Daron Cruickshank: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Henry Martinez: $8,000
Abel Trujillo: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Marcus LeVesseur: $8,000
Dennis Siver: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
def. Nam Phan: $10,000
Scott Jorgensen: $41,000 (includes $20,500 win bonus)
def. John Albert: $10,000