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(Meanwhile, Christian Morecraft picked up $500 for “Freakishly Long Tongue of the Night.” / Photo courtesy of

The competitors at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis card earned a total of $757,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses, according to figures released by the Washington State Department of Licensing. Preliminary card fighter Johny Hendricks actually walked away with the biggest check of the night, earning $99,000 for 95 seconds of work against TJ Waldburger. Check out the full salary list below; keep in mind that the figures don’t include deductions for taxes, licensing fees, or insurance, or additional revenue from sponsorships and undisclosed “locker room bonuses.”

Phil Davis: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $90,000

Anthony Johnson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Hardy: $25,000

Amir Sadollah: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. DaMarques Johnson: $14,000

Chan Sung Jung: $65,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus, $55,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Leonard Garcia: $18,000

Mike Russow: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Jon Madsen: $10,000

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

John Hathaway: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Kris McCray: $10,000

Michael McDonald: $65,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus, $55,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Edwin Figueroa: $61,000 (includes $55,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Christian Morecraft: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Sean McCorkle: $10,000

Johny Hendricks: $99,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus, $55,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. T.J. Waldburger: $8,000

Aaron Simpson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Mario Miranda: $10,000

Nik Lentz: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Waylon Lowe: $12,000

Underpaid: It’s nice that Chan Sung Jung has picked up bonuses in two of his three fights for Zuffa, but his $5,000 to-show salary seems almost exploitative, especially for a guy who has to travel halfway around the world to get paid. Mario Miranda, Kris McCray, and Sean McCorkle all get double the guaranteed money that Jung gets, and the Korean Zombie actually puts asses in seats. Go figure.

Overpaid:¬†Antonio Rogerio Nogueira hasn’t performed like a star since his UFC debut against Luiz Cane, 16 months and four fights ago. The UFC may decide he’s not worth the cost. Also, I’m not sure what makes Waylon Lowe special enough to demand $12,000 in show money, which puts him ahead of guys like Jon Madsen and the aforementioned Korean Zombie.

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Bomber Man- March 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm
@Fried Taco LOL
Seriously wtf. It's like they expect KayZee to compensate for that measly 5k with "of the night" bonuses. On the contrary, his base salary should increase in relation to his performances.
Fried Taco- March 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm
This figure doesn't include under-the-table brains that KZ received.
GILL-uh-TEEN- March 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Zombies have traditionally been underpaid, I guess they need collective bargaining.
Null Kuhl- March 29, 2011 at 11:39 am
Did anyone else see Morecraft playing air guitar for a minute straight after his interview? Worst. Post-Fight. Celebration. EVAR.
sixthsense- March 29, 2011 at 11:09 am
Christian Morecraft needs to do a DNA test to know who his real dad is because I'm pretty sure Gene Simmons owes some child support.
noizy- March 29, 2011 at 10:46 am
I was wondering, when they cut people like they did with Brandon Vera, and sign them back, do they renegotiate a contract? In other words, get a few loses, they cut you, then you get a new contract but with lesser pay.
DangadaDang- March 29, 2011 at 8:51 am
No wonder Jung wants to abandon the Zombie style, 5 grand barely covers the hospital bill.

Does anyone know where I can find the HEndricks fight?
budsellers- March 29, 2011 at 8:00 am
zombie's payroll figure is probably just the old "fedor/m1 global" treatment(to avoid taxes)... rogerio is definitely overpaid, but he is a brazillian with connections(and his manager has a stable including the best fighter in the promotion). my main concern is that the ufc chose to give approximately 25% of their total reported payroll to the 6 fighters that were not even on the non-televised facebook live stream. if those fighters are so deserving to be paid, it seems we should get to see them parform.
Austin3210- March 29, 2011 at 7:59 am
KZ got less show money than Alex Caceres? Are you fucking kidding me?
Ruke Doufus- March 29, 2011 at 7:54 am
Seriously. WTF. $5k to show. What year did the KZ sign that contract! It's got to be some bad held over contract from WEC.

Hopefully, he's getting some of the loose change that seems to fall out of DW's pockets backstage (if you don't spit on your opponent's cornermen)!
knucklesamitch- March 29, 2011 at 7:51 am
You're telling me the Korean Zombie was paid $5,000 to show, that's some BS.
Evernette- March 29, 2011 at 7:40 am
Fuck Yeah! Nice to see Hendricks get paid!
Fried Taco- March 29, 2011 at 7:31 am
Phil Davis has a ways to go before he's making Jon Bones money.