In his one and only fight for the UFC, middleweight Cung Le (Pictured) scored a hefty $350,000 salary in a knockout loss to Wanderlei Silva. The Vietnamese-American was UFC 139’s highest paid athlete.
On Tuesday evening, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, announced the second-quarter winners of their $5,000 Twitter bonuses. Take a wild guess at who cashed in again.
Le managed to double-dip and take home two checks for a total of $10,000. He won in the “Most Followers” and “Biggest Percentage Growth” categories for his division.
Of interesting note, Tim Kennedy was the only current Strikeforce fighter to earn a bonus.
Pleas click HERE if you missed who won in Q1.
Tweeting Rules and Regulations:
All current Zuffa fighters were separated into FOUR divisions. The Twitter divisions were based on how many followers they currently had on the blue-birded network.
The company selects FOUR division winners from each of the THREE categories at the end of every quarter (Zuffa put this plan into effect on June 1st).
Winners were based on:
1) Who has gained the most followers since the start of the quarter.
2) Which fighter garnered the highest percentage of new followers.
3) Who posted the most creative tweets. (Determined by Dana White)
Winners will receive a $5,000 bonus.
In all, Octagon brass will shell out $240,000/year to their most productive tweeters.
Here are Q2′s winners:
Most Followers by Division:
Anderson Silva (@SpiderAnderson), Cung Le (@CungLe185), Junior Dos Santos (@Junior_Cigano) and Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub)
Biggest % Growth in Followers During Q2:
Cung Le, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (@MinotauroMMA), Roy Nelson (@RoyNelsonMMA) and Jake Ellenberger (@EllenbergerMMA)
Most Creative Tweets:
Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA for Stache Bash), Joseph Benavidez (@JoeB135 for #JOBEs), Duane “Bang” Ludwig (@DUANEBANGCOM for KO petitions) and Pat Barry (@HypeOrDie for “California Dreaming” video)