Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (pictured) will enter retirement in style. “The California Kid” not only walked away victorious in his final MMA fight, but he also left UFC on FOX 22 as the night’s highest disclosed earner.
According to the California State Athletic Commission, Faber made $320,000, with half of his check coming via win bonus, for beating Brad Pickett.
These next salaries will certainly raise some eyebrows. Paige VanZant, who headlined the card against Michelle Waterson, pocketed $43,000 in her submission loss. Waterson made a total of $30,000. The veteran would have made nearly one-third of VanZant’s pay had she lost.
Sage Northcutt, another UFC golden child, scored $60,000 in a lopsided submission defeat to Mickey Gall. Gall made $40,000 for the win. He would have banked one-third of Northcutt’s salary had he not derailed “Super’s” hype train.
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 Fight Night bonuses, top secret discretionary bonuses, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.
Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California hosted Saturday’s festivities.
Here are the disclosed salaries for UFC on FOX 22:
Sultan Aliev: ($20,000)($10,000 to show/$10,000 to win)
Defeated Bojan Velickovic ($12,000)
Hector Sandoval ($24,000)($12,000 to show/$12,000 to win)
Defeated Fredy Serrano ($12,000)
Eddie Wineland ($58,000)($29,000 to show/$29,000 to win)
Defeated Takeya Mizugaki ($39,000)
Leslie Smith ($50,000) ($25,000 to show/$25,000 to win)
Defeated Irene Aldana ($12,000)
Josh Emmett ($28,000) ($14,000 to show/$14,000 to win)
Defeated Scott Holtzman ($17,000)
Alex Morono ($30,000)($15,000 to show/$15,000 to win)
Defeated James Moontasri ($16,000)
Colby Covington ($54,000) ($27,000 to show/$27,000 to win)
Defeated Bryan Barberena ($20,000)
Mizuto Hirota ($34,000) ($17,000 to show/$17,000 to win)
Defeated Cole Miller ($33,000)
Paul Craig ($20,000) ($10,000 to show/$10,000 to win)
Defeated Luis Henrique da Silva ($14,000)
Alan Jouban ($54,000)($27,000 to show/$27,000 to win)
Defeated Mike Perry ($14,000)
Urijah Faber ($320,000) ($160,000 to show/$160,000 to win)
Defeated Brad Pickett ($40,000)
Mickey Gall ($40,000)($20,000 to show/$20,000 to win)
Defeated Sage Northcutt ($60,000)
Michelle Waterson ($30,000)($15,000 to show/$15,000 to win)
Defeated Paige VanZant ($43,000)