Despite not taking home Fight of the Night or a win bonus for his 2ndRound submission victory over Mark Coleman, former champ Randy Couture left the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas the night’s highest earner as he pocketed $250,000 at this weekend’s “UFC 109: Relentless” event.
Thanks to a vicious right hand, former UFC welterweight title holder Matt Serra exploded back onto the MMA scene while walking away with a total of $210,000, making him the evening’s second highest paid athlete.
Serra scored an extra $60K for winning Knockout of the Night honors after he sent Frank Trigg into unconsciousness … and an impending retirement.
According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the fight card’s total disclosed payroll was $944,000.
Here are all of the UFC 109 fighter’s salaries, courtesy of MMAWeekly.com:
Joey Beltran: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Rolles Gracie: $15,000
Chris Tuchscherer: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Tim Hague: $7,000
Mac Danzig: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus) def. Justin Buchholz: $8,000
Phil Davis: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Brian Stann: $17,000
Melvin Guillard: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. Ronys Torres: $4,000
Rob Emerson: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Phillipe Nover: $10,000
Matt Serra: $210,000 ($75,000 win bonus, $60,000 Knockout of the Night) def. Frank Trigg: $30,000
Demian Maia: $62,000 ($31,000 win bonus) def. Dan Miller: $15,000
Paulo Thiago: $90,000 ($15,000 win bonus, $60,000 Submission of the Night) def. Mike Swick: $43,000
Chael Sonnen: $124,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus, $60,000 Fight of the Night) def. Nate Marquardt: $105,000 ($60,000 Fight of the Night)
Randy Couture: $250,000 (no win bonus) def. Mark Coleman: $60,000