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“UFC on Versus 5” Salaries Released, Chris Lytle Comes Up Big Again

Written by Tom Ngo
August 17th, 2011
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The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has released the salaries for all of the athletes that competed in “UFC on Versus 5: Hardy vs. Lytle” this past Sunday. The show took place inside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee and featured a welterweight shootout between Chris Lytle (Pictured) and Dan Hardy.

Lytle certainly cashed in on his final professional contest. Not only did he pocket $70,000 for his victory over Hardy, but he also took home ‘Fight of the Night’ and ‘Submission of the Night’ honors, garnering $65K each, as well as a Harley-Davidson Blackline motorcycle.

The now-retired 36-year-old’s additional bonuses were not required to be reported to Wisconsin’s governing body.

Hardy walked away with a $25,000 salary, plus $65K for his ‘Fight of the Night’ efforts.

The event’s total disclosed payroll was $578,000.

Here are the official paydays for UFC on Versus 5 (Courtesy of MMAWeekly):

Preliminary Bouts:

Edwin Figueroa: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Jason Reinhardt: $6,000

Jacob Volkmann: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Danny Castillo: $17,000

Cole Miller: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. TJ O’Brien: $6,000

Jimy Hettes: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Alex Caceres: $8,000

Ronny Markes: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Karlos Vemola: $10,000

Ed Herman: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Noke: $8,000

Joseph Benavidez: $43,000 (includes $21,500 win bonus) def. Eddie Wineland: $10,000

Jared Hamman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. CB Dollaway: $20,000

Main Bouts:

Duane Ludwig: $32,000 (includes $16,000) def. Amir Sadollah: $20,000

Donald Cerrone: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus) def. Charles Oliveira: $12,000

Ben Henderson: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Jim Miller: $35,000

Chris Lytle: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus) def. Dan Hardy: $25,000

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 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.

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