The Arizona Department of Gaming has released the disclosed salaries for all of the contestants who competed in Sunday’s “UFC Fight Night 103: Rodriguez vs. Penn” event.
Most believe BJ Penn (pictured) should retire (AGAIN) after a lopsided TKO defeat to fast rising Yair Rodriguez, but the former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion has at least 150,000 reasons to return to the cage.
Penn was the night’s highest earner with $150K. Rodriguez, meanwhile, made an even $100,000, with half of his paycheck coming via win bonus, for smoking Penn.
Lightweight veteran Joe Lauzon may have thought he lost to Marcin Held in the co-main event, but he’ll gladly take home the extra $58,000 win bonus. Held, who found himself on the wrong side of a split decision verdict, made merely $20,000.
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 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.
Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona hosted Sunday’s festivities.
Here are UFC Fight Night 103’s disclosed salaries (courtesy of MMAFighting.com):
Cyril Asker: $20,000 ($10,000 to show/$10,000 to win)
DefeatedDmitri Smoliakov: $10,000
Joachim Christensen: $20,000 ($10,000 to show/$10,000 to win)
DefeatedBojan Mihaljovic: $10,000
Walt Harris: $24,000 ($12,000 to show/$12,000 to win)
DefeatedChase Sherman: $10,000
Nina Ansaroff: $20,000 ($10,000 to show/$10,000 to win)
DefeatedJocelyn Jones-Lybarger: $10,000
Tony Martin: $32,000 ($16,000 to show/$16,000 to win)
Defeated Alex White: $14,000
Aleksei Oleinik: ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000)
Defeated Viktor Pesta: ($10,000)
Augusto Mendes: $20,000 ($10,000 to show/$10,000 to win)
Defeated Frankie Saenz: $20,000
Drakkar Klose: $20,000 ($10,000 to show/$10,000 to win)
Defeated Devin Powell: $10,000
Sergio Pettis: $54,000 ($27,000 to show/$27,000 to win)
Defeated John Moraga: $28,000
Ben Saunders: $40,000 ($20,000 to show/$20,000 to win)
Defeated Court McGee: $35,000
Joe Lauzon: $116,000 ($58,000 to show/$58,000 to win)
Defeated Marcin Held: $20,000
Yair Rodriguez: $100,000 ($50,000 to show/$50,000 to win)
Defeated BJ Penn: $150,000