The UFC has disclosed its official payroll for their first show of 2011. Frankie Edgar defended his lightweight title against Gray Maynard in the hotly contested main event, which resulted in a controversial draw.
MMAJunkie was able to confirm through the Nevada State Athletic Commission the fighters’ respective salaries.
In all, the Octagon shelled out $872,000 to the 22 athletes that competed at UFC 125 on Saturday inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Edgar ($102,000) and Thiago Silva ($110,000) left The Las Vegas Strip with most chips.
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 insurance, licenses and taxes.
Additionally, they do not contain money paid by sponsors or any bonuses from the UFC. These royalties can include pay-per-view commissions, Fight Night bonuses, secret somethin’ somethin’ handshakes, etc., which can oftentimes represent a substantial portion of a fighter’s total income.
Here are the official paydays for UFC 125:
Frankie Edgar: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)*
Gray Maynard: $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus)*
Brian Stann: $42,000 ($21,000 win bonus)
Chris Leben: $46,000
Thiago Silva: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus)
Brandon Vera: $60,000
Dong Hyun Kim: $70,000 ($35,000 win bonus)
Nate Diaz: $33,000
Clay Guida: $62,000 ($31,000 win bonus)
Takanori Gomi: $50,000
Jeremy Stephens: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)
Marcus Davis: $31,000
Dustin Poirier: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus)
Josh Grispi: $15,000
Brad Tavares: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Phil Baroni: $25,000
Diego Nunes: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Mike Brown: $23,000
Daniel Roberts: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
Greg Soto: $8000
Jacob Volkmann: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
Antonio McKee: $15,000
* – UFC president Dana White will reward both fighters with their win bonuses, despite the draw.