UFC 108 salaries: Rashad Evans earns top payday with $375K, leads $843K fighter payroll | MMAjunkie.com
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Jan 04, 2010 at 1:10 pm ET
Although a particularly nasty injury bug ravaged the UFC 108 fight card, at least one notable name survived for a major payday.
Former champ and main-event winner Rashad Evans earned $375,000 ($175,000 of which came as a win bonus) to lead UFC 108's official fighter payroll of $843,000.
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) today requested and received the list of disclosed salaries from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
UFC 108 took place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and aired on Spike TV and then pay-per-view.
In addition to Evans, who edged fellow light-heavyweight contender Thiago Silva via unanimous decision, other top earners from the card included main-card winner Junior Dos Santos ($60,000), Silva ($55,000), and Martin Kampmann ($46,000).
The full payouts included:
Rashad Evans: $375,000 ($175,000 win bonus)
def. Thiago Silva: $55,000
Paul Daley: $34,200* ($18,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Hazelett: $19,800*
Sam Stout: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Lauzon: $12,000
Jim Miller: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Duane "Bang" Ludwig: $12,000
Junior Dos Santos: $60,000 ($30,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Yvel: $30,000
Martin Kampmann: $46,000 ($23,000 win bonus)
def. Jacob Volkmann: $6,000
Cole Miller: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Lauzon: $15,000
Mark Munoz: $32,000 (16,000 win bonus)
def. Ryan Jensen: $6,000
Jake Ellenberger: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Pyle: $17,000
Rafaello Oliveira: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. John Gunderson: $5,000
* - Daley fined 10 percent of his "show" money for missing weight; the $1,800 was awarded to opponent Hazelett
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 bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays.
For example, as discussed above, the figures above do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses. The UFC 108 bonuses were worth $50,000 and awarded to Daley (Knockout of the Night), Miller (Submission of the Night), and Stout and Joe Lauzon (Fight of the Night).
In other words, the above salary figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.
For more on UFC 108, including the night's official results, check out the MMA Events section of MMAjunkie.com.