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‘UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen’ Salaries Released

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
September 10th, 2013
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UFC Alistair Overeem

The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all the contestants who competed in the “UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen” event in Boston.

Despite getting put to sleep by Travis Browne in the night’s co-featured attraction, former heavyweight top contender Alistair Overeem (pictured) was the card’s highest earner. Overeem nearly tripled his closest peer by pocketing $285,714.29 to show.

Browne, meanwhile, made only $48,000, with half of his check coming via win bonus.

Former light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, the event’s second-highest paid athlete, made $175K in a submission loss to Chael Sonnen in the main event.

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 Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.

UFC Fight night took place August 17 inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Here is the total disclosed payroll for the event:

(Total disclosed payroll: $1,302,714.29)

Preliminary Card:

James Vick: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Ramsey Nijem: $14,000

Ovince St. Preux: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
Defeated Cody Donovan: $8,000

Manny Gamburyan: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Defeated Cole Miller: $26,000

Diego Brandao: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Defeated Daniel Pineda: $15,000

Steven Siler: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Defeated Mike Brown: $30,000

Conor McGregor: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Defeated Max Holloway: $14,000

Michael McDonald: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Defeated Brad Pickett: $23,000

Michael Johnson: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Defeated Joe Lauzon: $27,000

John Howard: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Defeated Uriah Hall: $10,000

Main Card:

Matt Brown: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
Defeated Mike Pyle: $45,000

Urijah Faber: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
Defeated Yuri Alcantara: $16,000

Travis Browne: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Defeated Alistair Overeem: $285,714.29

Chael Sonnen: $100,000 (no win bonus)
Defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: $175,000

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