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Robbie Lawler, Melvin Guillard Top the UFC on FOX 8 Salary List


(Robbie’s body may have been in the Octagon at that moment, but in his mind, he was already making it rain at Little Darlings. / Photo via Getty Images)

According to figures released by the Washington State Department of Licensing, the UFC paid out $1,050,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the 24 fighters who competed at UFC on FOX 8: Johnson vs. Moraga on Saturday, led by main card slugger Robbie Lawler, who took in $156,000 including his win bonus and Knockout of the Night bonus. Three other fighters broke into six-figure territory thanks to their end-of-night bonuses, including Melvin Guillard, Ed Herman, and flyweight headliner Demetrious Johnson.

Check out the full salary list below, courtesy of MMAJunkie. Keep in mind that the figures don’t include additional revenue from sponsorships or undisclosed “locker room bonuses.”

Demetrious Johnson: $108,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus, $50,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. John Moraga: $17,000

Rory MacDonald: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Jake Ellenberger: $52,000

Robbie Lawler: $156,000 (includes $78,000 win bonus)
def. Bobby Voelker: $12,000

Liz Carmouche: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Jessica Andrade: $8,000

Jorge Masvidal: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Chiesa: $15,000

Danny Castillo: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Means: $12,000

Melvin Guillard: $134,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Mac Danzig: $30,000

Daron Cruickshank: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Yves Edwards: $21,000

Ed Herman: $124,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Trevor Smith: $58,000 (includes $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Germaine de Randamie: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Julie Kedzie: $9,000

Justin Salas: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Aaron Riley: $14,000

Yaotzin Meza: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. John Albert: $10,000

Underpaid: The end of a pioneering 16-year career, and Aaron Riley only made $14,000 to show. Jesus. We hope he was able to save some of his career earnings, instead of spending it all on ramen noodles. As for Michael Chiesa‘s $15,000 purse, well…it’s comforting to know that The Ultimate Fighter‘s wonderful “six-figure contract” hasn’t changed since season one.

Overpaid: Jake Ellenberger put in overtime hyping his fight against Rory MacDonald, but in terms of effort exerted in the Octagon, no, he didn’t earn that $52,000. And if we’re just going by merit, then Tim Means — who’s best known for losing a fight to a sauna and missing weight by five pounds — should probably be the lowest-paid fighter on this card, instead of Jessica Andrade, who flew halfway around the world just to get her ass kicked.

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BaghdadBob- July 31, 2013 at 8:56 am
It's midget-corporate welfare, I tell ya.
El Guapo- July 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Mister Miss... Unless you're talking about girl on girl action, I highly doubt those gals would be too interested in those casting couch bonuses.
macreadysshack- July 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Trevor Smith went into this fight knowing that bankruptcy was his only option, win or lose. Now he's going to be living the high-life - actually paying his coaches and agents and STILL being able to live that studio apartment, top-ramen rockstar dream. Now all he has to do is keep to dish out and absorb grotesque amounts of punishment and he can *maybe* keep doing this for a couple more years. It's the goddamn American dream in action.
macreadysshack- July 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm
Mr F . . . sorry, Mr M: Just grossly totally completely off-sides, man. I can't believe I ever respected you as one of the funniest contributors to a virtually unread combat sports news/humor site. How could you be so disrespectful on CP? How? How? *blows brains out* *applause*
Mr_Misanthropy- July 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm
@ Fired Toca

Casting couch bonuses.
Fried Taco- July 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Underpaid: still the ladies. Hopefully Dana is giving them nice locker room bonuses.
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