The Nevada Athletic Commission has released the official salaries for Sunday’s “TUFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson” event.
“Big Country” Roy Nelson (pictured) was the night’s biggest earner. The heavyweight made $125,000 for beating Jared Rosholt.
How much did Stephen Thompson pocket for TKO’ing former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in the show’s featured attraction? Less than half of what Nelson made at $48,000, with half coming via win bonus.
Hendricks scored $100,000.
Mike Pyle ($106,000), Joseph Benavidez ($118,000) and Ovince Saint Preux ($102,000) also cracked six-figures.
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 sponsorship money paid by Reebok or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can 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 Sunday’s event.
Here are the disclosed salaries for all of the card’s fighters:
(Total disclosed payroll: $1,054,000)
Alex White: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Defeated Artem Lobov: $13,000
Mickey Gall: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Mike Jackson: $10,000
Diego Rivas: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Defeated Noad Lahat: $17,000
Justin Scoggins: $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 to win)
Defeated Ray Borg: $18,000
Derrick Lewis: $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 to win)
Defeated Damian Grabowski: $17,000
Josh Burkman: $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win)
Defeated K.J. Noons : $34,000
Mike Pyle: $106,000 ($53,000 to show, $53,000 to win)
Defeated Sean Spencer: $17,000
Misha Cirkunov: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Defeated Alex Nicholson: $10,000
Joseph Benavidez: $118,000 ($59,000 to show, $59,000 to win)
Defeated Zach Makovsky: $19,000
Ovince Saint Preux: $102,000 ($51,000 to show, $51,000 to win)
Defeated Rafael Cavalcante: $42,000
Roy Nelson: $125,000 ($75,000 to show, $50,000 to win)
Defeated Jared Rosholt: $33,000
Stephen Thompson: $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Defeated Johny Hendricks: $100,000