Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown put on a show at UFC on FOX 12. It wasn’t the 5-star epic poem many were expecting, but it was still a fun, entertaining fight that made spending a night in front of the TV worth it.
But was it worth it for the fighters?
Heading into the card, media pundits discussed the potential paydays for the card’s fighters. They noted four fighters could earn six figures. Friend of CagePotato Trent Reinsmith summed up our thoughts on the issue:
Three fighters earned six figures. And only five fighters made fewer than $10,000 (this excludes “of the night” bonuses and the mythical locker room bonuses as well).
Lawler earned $210,000, the highest pay of the night. Matt Brown received $46,000.
Here are the figures for the entire card (all via MMAJunkie):
Robbie Lawler: $210,000 ($105,000 win bonus)
Matt Brown: $46,000
Anthony Johnson: $106,000 ($53,000 win bonus)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $114,000
Dennis Bermudez: $48,000 ($24,000 win bonus)
Clay Guida: $50,000
Bobby Green: $42,000 ($21,000 win bonus)
Josh Thomson: $84,000
Jorge Masvidal: $84,000 ($42,000 win bonus)
Daron Cruickshank: $12,000
Patrick Cummins: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Kyle Kingsbury: $15,000
Tim Means: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Hernani Perpetuo: $8,000
Brian Ortega: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Mike De La Torre: $8,000
Tiago Trator: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Akbarh Arreola: $8,000
Gilbert Burns: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Andreas Stahl: $8,000
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Juliana Lima: $8,000
Noad Lahat: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus)
Steven Siler: $15,000
And again: These numbers don’t account for magic locker room bonuses or “of the night” bonuses. Speaking of the latter: Lawler and Brown earned an extra $50,000 for “Fight of the Night.” Both Dennis Bermudez and Anthony Johnson got $50,000 for “Performance of the Night.”
In total, they payroll for the card neared $1 million, coming in at $986,000. So, still you think these guys don’t work hard enough for their money?