The New Mexico State Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all the athletes who competed in last Saturday’s “UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov” event.
YES! YES! YES! Thanks to some home cooking from two judges, lightweight Diego Sanchez (pictured) was the card’s highest earner. Sanchez scored $140,000, half of which came via win bonus, for his highly controversial split decision victory over Ross Pearson.
Pearson left with $30,000. However, UFC president Dana White awarded Pearson his $30K win bonus for getting robbed in front of thousands of people (White’s paycheck is not indicated below).
Former 155-pound champion Benson Henderson made $90,000 for submitting Rustam Khabilov in the show’s featured attraction.
Khabilov pocketed just $17,000.
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.
Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque hosted Saturday’s festivities.
Here are the official salaries for UFC Fight Night 42 (Courtesy of Sherdog.com):
(The total disclosed payroll: $678,000)
Patrick Cummins: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Roger Narvaez: $8,000
Jon Tuck: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Lindsey: $8,000
Scott Jorgensen: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Martinez: $8,000
Lance Benoist: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Bobby Voelker: $12,000
Sergio Pettis: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Yaotzin Meza: $14,000
Bryan Caraway: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Erik Perez: $21,000
Piotr Hallmann: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Yves Edwards: $24,000
Rafael dos Anjos: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Jason High: $19,000
John Dodson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. John Moraga: $19,000
Diego Sanchez: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Ross Pearson: $30,000
Benson Henderson: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Rustam Khabilov : $17,000