(Honestly, what do you hope to gain making a sign like that? You think Rampage or Rashad is really going to notice your sign and be like "That’s awesome work, man, looks just like me. Would you like to be my guest at the afterparty?" Did you already have those gold-star stickers lying around the house, or did you have to buy them especially for the occasion? You know that Jackson and Evans aren’t twins, right? / Photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com.)
The UFC paid out $1,631,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the fighters at Saturday’s "Rampage vs. Evans" show, with the victorious Rashad Evans coming out way ahead of the pack with his $435,000 take. Quinton Jackson, Michael Bisping, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira also brought home hefty six-figure salaries. The complete payout list is below; keep in mind that the numbers don’t include additional income from sponsorships, undisclosed "locker room bonuses," and percentages of the pay-per-view revenue, or deductions for taxes, insurance, licensing fees, and underoos.
Rashad Evans: $435,000 (includes $185,000 win bonus)
def. Quinton Jackson: $250,000
Michael Bisping: $190,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Miller: $15,000
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $185,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Jason Brilz: $76,000 (includes $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
John Hathaway: $22,000 (includes $11,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Sanchez: $50,000
Melvin Guillard: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Waylon Lowe: $6,000
Cyrille Diabate: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Luiz Cane: $19,000
Ryan Jensen: $81,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Jesse Forbes: $6,000
Underpaid: Cyrille Diabate needs to fire his manager. The Snake is a veteran of 24 MMA fights, has competed all over the world, and was part of the training staff on TUF 9. But in the UFC, he’s paid on the same level as unknown prospects like Waylon Lowe and Joe Brammer. What the hell happened there?
Overpaid: Look, Rashad Evans is a great fighter and I’m happy that he’s being paid like a star now. But the fans dislike him, and putting on an exciting show is not on his list of priorities. So what exactly is the UFC paying for? Also, Michael Bisping gets $175,000 just to show up these days. No comment.