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Dos Santos, Kongo, Guida Lead ‘UFC on Versus’ Payouts

(Careful, Clay. She’s just after the money. / Photo courtesy of the UFC on Versus Afterparty Pics gallery on
The UFC paid out $913,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses for last Sunday’s UFC on Versus: Vera vs. Jones show — a hefty total for a free-TV event — with Junior Dos Santos, Cheick Kongo, and Clay Guida cracking the six-figure mark. The numbers are below, courtesy of MMA Junkie. Keep in mind that they don’t include income from sponsorships and undisclosed "locker room bonuses," or deductions for taxes, insurance, licensing fees, and funny hats.

Jon Jones: $90,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Brandon Vera: $60,000

Junior Dos Santos: $120,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $67,000

Cheick Kongo: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Buentello: $40,000

Alessio Sakara: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. James Irvin: $20,000

Clay Guida: $100,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus, $50,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Shannon Gugerty: $9,000

Vladimir Matyushenko: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Eliot Marshall: $10,000

Darren Elkins: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Duane Ludwig: $12,000

John Howard: $76,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Daniel Roberts: $6,000

Brendan Schaub: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Chase Gormley: $10,000

Mike Pierce: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Julio Paulino: $6,000

Jason Brilz: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Eric Schafer: $13,000

Underpaid: Jon Jones. He’s a star now, and he should be making star money. Hopefully this is the last time Bones gets the same to-show check as James Irvin.

Overpaid: Brandon Vera, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Cheick Kongo — three guys who were never champions and never will be, yet make over $50,000 in guaranteed money, usually to get their asses kicked by real contenders. Fuck that noise.

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J-Dog- March 26, 2010 at 9:40 am
$20K to show for Jones is a load of shite. Like it's been said, he's a big star that a lot of people tune in to see so he should be near the top of that list in "to show" money.
fatbellyfrank- March 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm
Kongo earns more than Guida or Jones on the night? something not quite right there, but I suppose thats the deals they've signed, as for Buentello, seriously, he main events while Clay Guida is undercard? As El Guapo correctly(and respectfully) states, the dude is a tomato can, he brings about as much to the octagon as a crash test dummy would
robthom- March 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm
I kinda like the bonus situation.
That must put a little extra ants in their pants.

But lol @ paying Kongo that much though.

RaginAsian- March 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm
Vera was making $100k way back when he had that management dispute thing. Then he came back and sucked it up for all those fights. They must have renegotiated down to $60k sometime. Now he's sucking slightly less.

Conclusion: Brandon Vera is allergic to money.
BackbaconBilly- March 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm
Good to see Clay earning a decent paycheck, the guy deserves it.
ReX13- March 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm
That's almost $200K in an RV rollin' out of Colorado.

"200K in an RV" would make a great reality show.

Here's hoping that we hear about Vera's release with the quickness. It ain't gonna happen, but we can hope.
worldchampwannabe- March 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm
@ face7biter

A TKO is a knockout, you fucking ritard.
fACE7biter- March 25, 2010 at 1:41 pm
I still don't get how Jones gets a Knockout of the Night bonus. IT WASN'T A FUCKING KNOCKOUT! Vera has hurt, and he turtled while Jones hit him until the stoppage, which is a TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT, not a knockout. Fucking idiots.
Tai-Pan- March 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm
It's kind of funny actually. I am sure Kongo and Gonzaga renegotiated or signed new contracts after their fights with Cro Cop. Cro Cop has cost UFC more money then we thought. However I could give a less shit if Bones should of been paid more, he'll renegotiate soon and then he can start skrewing the UFC Vera style.

The only person to feel sorry for here is Danial Roberts, he got KTFO into fucking wonderland and only made 6 grand to do it. Even Chase Gormeley makes more than that. Ouch.
agentsmith- March 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm
Also overpaid: $40K to show for Buentello? Fuck that.
Bunk- March 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm
"Let me give you a kiss, you remind me of the cute mexican boy who cuts my grass"
jimbonics- March 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Jones only got 5k less than Guida to show. Jones is big and bad ass and all, but Guida is arguably a bigger star, if only for the moment.

Besides, this wasn't a PPV.
Psully- March 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm
$20k to headline a live card is low, but 90 is not bad for a night's work. That money was up for grabs and Bones earned it.
Soda Popinski- March 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm
i swear. guida's mom will soon be as popular as guida. that chick is everywhere. i saw him in memphis and sure enough theres his mom with a "guida's mom" shirt on.

at least she likes to go unnoticed.
El Guapo- March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Gonzaga gets 67 K to show while Break your Cheek "Bones" got 20.. What's wrong with that picture? Thank goodness for bonuses..

Unless those bonuses don't make any damn sense! How does Kongo get an extra 55 K to lay and pray his way to a vicotry over a Tomato Can(respectfully), while illegally kneeing him to the face in the process?? I'm thinking Dana gave him that so he doesn't feel too bad when either Dos Santos or Velasquez destroys him next time out. Favor for a favor
VisitingDeadAncestors- March 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Clay Guida - the face only a mother could love.
Viva Hate- March 25, 2010 at 12:19 pm
If you look very closely, she is trying to slip him some tongue.
BobSapp- March 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm
War Jones!!!!!!!

I see bones Jones making wave here very shortly.
steampunk22- March 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm
Gonzaga must've signed his contract immediately after the CroCop fight. That is RIDICULOUS. When Vera's contract is up, if he isn't cut, he is gonna be looking at a sizable decrease in pay. The Vera that should've been never really arrived sadly.

Good for Guida though, glad he made some bucks.