(Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. Photo courtesy of UFC.com.)
Saturday’s UFC 88 card took in $2.6 million in ticket revenue, making it the second-highest-grossing event ever held at Atlanta’s Philips Arena, next to a Barbara Streisand concert in 2006. The fighters at “Breakthrough” pulled in $1,510,000 in disclosed payouts, with a third of that going to knockout recipient Chuck Liddell. The numbers are below. Unless otherwise noted, each winning fighter’s salary represents a doubling of his base pay.
Chuck Liddell: $500,000
Dan Henderson: $250,000 (win bonus was $150,000)
Rashad Evans: $180,000 (including $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Jason MacDonald: $104,000 (including $60,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
Rich Franklin: $100,000
Kurt Pellegrino: $84,000 (including $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Thiago Tavares: $73,000 (including $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Nate Marquardt: $56,000
Dong Hyun Kim: $46,000
Ryo Chonan: $30,000
Jason Lambert: $17,000
Tim Boetsch: $16,000
Martin Kampmann: $15,000
Matt Hamill: $10,000
Roan Carneiro: $9,000
Matt Brown: $8,000
Rousimar Palhares: $7,000
Michael Patt: $5,000
Underpaid: Not that the dude’s going broke, but it’s surprising that Rich Franklin’s base salary is only $50,000; Rashad Evans makes more than he does (which makes sense now, I suppose). It’s also too bad that someone as talented as Rousimar Palhares couldn’t negotiate better terms when he joined the UFC.
Overpaid: I’d let Evans knock me the eff out for half of what Chuck got for his little two-round appearance. Seriously. Get in touch with my people, Rashad.
In addition to taking home the biggest salary, Liddell also tied Rich Franklin and Thiago Tavares for the longest medical suspension; the Iceman will be out for 60 days thanks to the brain-rattling KO that he suffered. Here’s the full list of precautionary time-outs:
Chuck Liddell: 60 days pending neurological evaluation
Rich Franklin: 60 days, cut above right eye
Thiago Tavares: 60 days, possibly broken nose and zygomatic arch
Michael Patt: 42 days, nasal septal fracture
Ryo Chonan: 42 days, cut above right eye
Martin Kampmann: 30 days, jaw injury
Matt Hamill: 30 days, precautionary due to TKO
Matt Brown: 15 days, cut
The remaining ten fighters were all suspended for seven days, which is customary for anyone fighting in Georgia.
(Props: MMA Weekly)