How’s this for a good ol’ fashioned cash grab? Former WWE superstar turned MMA fighter Phil “CM Punk” Brooks (pictured) was paid a whopping $500,000 for his UFC debut.
That’s a staggering $3,731 for each of the 134 seconds that Brooks lasted in his landslide defeat to Mickey Gall.
The Ohio Athletic Commission, the committee who sanctioned Saturday’s UFC 203 event inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, confirmed Brooks’ hefty payday Monday.
Brooks would not have received a win bonus had he overcome his 3.5-1 underdog status.
Gall, meanwhile, made just $30,000, with half of his paycheck coming via win bonus.
Interestingly, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic made only $100,000 more than Brooks for successfully defending his throne against Alistair Overeem in the show’s featured attraction. Overeem scored an event-high $800,000 in defeat.
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 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.
It is unknown if Brooks received any piece of UFC 203’s PPV pie given the WWE crowd he brought along to help boost interest, but it’s highly unlikely.
Here are UFC 203’s disclosed salaries (courtesy of MMAFighting.com):
Yancy Medeiros $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Defeated Sean Spencer ($17,000)
Drew Dober $38,000 ($19,000 to show, $19,000 to win)
Defeated Jason Gonzales ($10,000)
Nik Lentz $76,000 ($38,000 to show, $38,000 to win)
Michael McBride ($12,000)
Brad Tavares $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 to win)
Defeated Caio Magalhaes ($20,000)
Bethe Correia $50,000 ($25,000 to show, $25,000 to win)
Defeated Jessica Eye ($25,000)
Jessica Andrade $46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)
Defeated Joanne Calderwood ($25,000)
Jimmie Rivera $48,000 ($24,000 to show, $24,000 to win)
Defeated Urijah Faber ($160,000)
Mickey Gall $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Defeated Phil “CM Punk” Brooks ($500,000)
Fabricio Werdum $375,000 ($250,000 to show, $125,000 to win)
Defeated Travis Browne ($120,000)
Stipe Miocic $600,000 (no win bonus)
Defeated Alistair Overeem ($800,000)