Anthony Pettis (pictured) went shopping for a fancy diamond-studded Rolex yesterday at Harry the Jeweler. Perhaps the freshly-minted UFC lightweight champion might want to save his pennies, just in case.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services, the athletic commission that oversaw him dethrone Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Pettis only pocketed a disclosed $54,000, with half of his paycheck coming via win bonus, for beating Bendo.
Henderson, meanwhile, took home $110,000 for his troubles.
In all, seven fighters on the card scored a larger disclosed payday than Pettis. However, “Showtime” did walk away with an extra $50,000, which is not noted below, for taking “Submission of the Night.” He also now dons the 155-pound crown.
Longtime UFC veteran Frank Mir, who was quickly TKO’d by Josh Barnett in the co-main event, was the event’s highest earner with $200,000.
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.
Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin hosted the August 31 event.
Here are the official salaries for UFC 164:
Magnus Cedenblad: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jared Hamman: $14,000
Al Iaquinta: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Defeated Ryan Couture: $15,000
Soa Palelei: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Defeated Nikita Krylov: $8,000
Chico Camus: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Kyung Ho Kang: $8,000
Hyun Gyu Lim: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Defeated Pascal Krauss: $15,000
Tim Elliott: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Defeated Louis Gaudinot: $8,000
Gleison Tibau: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus)
Defeated Jamie Varner: $17,000
Dustin Poirier: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Defeated Erik Koch: $15,000
Ben Rothwell: $108,000 (includes $54,000 win bonus)
Defeated Brandon Vera: $70,000
Chad Mendes: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
Defeated Clay Guida: $44,000
Josh Barnett: $160,000 (no win bonus)
Defeated Frank Mir: $200,000
Anthony Pettis: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Defeated Benson Henderson: $110,000