UFC 146 Salaries Released; Dos Santos, Mir and Velasquez Win Big

Written by Tom Ngo
May 29th, 2012

UFC Junior Dos Santos

The good news for heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos (Pictured), no UFC 146 fighter was paid more than the $200,000 flat salary he pocketed. The bad news for JDS, the man he utterly destroyed made the exact same amount in defeat.

Despite getting TKO’d in the 2ndRound of Saturday night’s main event, Frank Mir also took home a cool $200k for merely stepping inside the Octagon.

Former champion Cain Velasquez left Las Vegas with the same stack, but half of his $200,000 paycheck came via ‘win bonus’ for annihilating Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the show’s co-featured attraction.

Please keep in mind, the numbers that get reported to the athletic commissions are only of what’s required. These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses and taxes.

Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can include pay-per-view commissions, Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

MGM Grand Garden Arena in Nevada hosted this weekend’s festivities.

Here are the official paydays for UFC 146:

(Total disclosed payroll: $1,233,000)

Preliminary Card:

Mike Brown: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Daniel Pineda: $10,000

Glover Teixeira: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Kingsbury: $12,000

Paul Sass: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jacob Volkmann: $20,000

Dan Hardy: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Duane Ludwig: $18,000

C.B. Dollaway: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Jason Miller: $45,000

Jamie Varner: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Edson Barboza: $18,000

Darren Elkins: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Brandao: $15,000

Main Card:

Stefan Struve: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Lavar Johnson: $26,000

Stipe Miocic: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Del Rosario: $20,000

Roy Nelson: $40,000 (includes $20,00 win bonus)
def. Dave Herman: $21,000

Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Silva: $70,000

Junior dos Santos: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Frank Mir: $200,000

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