(“Sorry, God. I didn’t ask to be this awesome.” Props: UFC.com)
The UFC paid out $838,000 in disclosed payouts and bonuses to the fighters at Sunday’s UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle event, according to figures released by Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services. Chris “The Bonus Snatcher” Lytle and Donald Cerrone were the only competitors who broke the six-figure mark, with Dan Hardy‘s haul landing just short.
The numbers are below; keep in mind that they don’t include additional income from sponsorships and undisclosed “locker room” bonuses, or deductions for taxes, insurance, and licensing fees.
Chris Lytle: $200,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Dan Hardy: $90,000 (includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Ben Henderson: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Jim Miller: $35,000
Donald Cerrone: $109,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Charles Oliveira: $12,000
Duane Ludwig: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Amir Sadollah: $20,000
Ed Herman: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Noke: $8,000
Ronny Markes: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Karlos Vemola: $10,000
Jimy Hettes: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Caceres: $8,000
Cole Miller: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. TJ O’Brien: $6,000
Edwin Figueroa: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Jason Reinhardt: $6,000
Underpaid: Based on level of difficulty, Ed Herman probably should have won the $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus for his first-round heel-hook submission of Kyle Noke. Instead, Dan Hardy dives directly into a guillotine choke, and Chris Lytle walks off with another bonus. Times have been tough for Short Fuse due to his long injury layoff last year, and I’m sure the extra cash would have been nice.
Overpaid: Lets just say that Jason Reinhardt is leaving the UFC with six grand that he didn’t earn. Good riddance, Steve Carell-on-meth.