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‘UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II’ Salaries Released

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
December 8th, 2014
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The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for all the contestants who competed in Saturday’s “UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II” event.

Freshly-minted UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (pictured) was the night’s biggest winner. Not only because he left Las Vegas with the hardware, but he was also was the card’s highest paid fighter with a $220,000 paycheck (half coming via win bonus).

Hendricks made $150,000 for losing his strap in a controversial split decision.

Lightweight champ Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez, who battled in the co-main event, each scored $200,000. Half of Pettis’ check came by win bonus, while Melendez received a flat salary.

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 Las Vegas hosted Saturday’s event.

Here are the disclosed salaries for UFC 181:

(Total Disclosed Salary: $1,317,000)

Preliminary Card:

Clay Collard: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Defeated Alex White: $10,000

Sergio Pettis: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Defeated Matt Hobar: $10,000

Raquel Pennington: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Ashlee Evans-Smith: $8,000

Corey Anderson: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Defeated Justin Jones: $8,000

Josh Samman: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Defeated Eddie Gordon: $15,000

Urijah Faber: $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Defeated Francisco Rivera: $20,000

Main Card:

Tony Ferguson: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Defeated Abel Trujillo: $14,000

Todd Duffee: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Anthony Hamilton: $10,000

Travis Browne: $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win)
Defeated Brendan Schaub: $32,000

Anthony Pettis: $200,000 ($100,000 to show, $100,000 to win)
Defeated Gilbert Melendez: $200,000

Robbie Lawler: $220,000 ($110,000 to show, $110,000 to win)
Defeated Johny Hendricks: $150,000

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