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Shirtless Stranger-Choker Jon Koppenhaver Lands Second-Biggest Payday at TUF6 Finale

Though we’ve already discussed the salaries of each fighter at the Ultimate Fighter 6 finale on December 8, the customary fight bonuses handed out that night were kept under wraps until yesterday. The “Fight of the Night” was awarded to both the Huerta/Guida main event and the Koppenhaver/Rollins bloodbath, and each of the four fighters received an additional $15,000. Koppenhaver also picked up the $15,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus, while Matt Arroyo scored the “Submission of the Night” purse for his acrobatic armbar of John Kolosci. So, the total payouts for each fighter are:

Roger Huerta ($53,000)
Jon Koppenhaver ($46,000)
Matt Arroyo ($31,000)
Clay Guida ($26,000)
Jared Rollins ($23,000)
Mac Danzig ($16,000)
George Sotiropoulos ($16,000)
Ben Saunders ($16,000)
Troy Mandaloniz ($16,000)
Roman Mitichyan ($16,000)
Jonathan Goulet ($14,000)
Billy Miles ($8,000)
Dan Barrera ($8,000)
Richie Hightower ($8,000)
John Kolosci ($8,000)
Dorian Price ($8,000)
Paul Georgieff ($8,000)
Tommy Speer ($8,000)

So yeah, this makes Tommy Speer’s eight grand look even more pathetic. To come so far, and then to be handed the same check as Paul Georgieff — good luck paying off your parents’ farm debt with that weak bullshit! Though of course, War Machine has his legal bills to deal with. On Thursday, Koppenhaver pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge stemming from that little misunderstanding he had in September. His plea could result in a misdemeanor punishment, and he is expected to be sentenced on February 7.

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BIG CHRIS- December 18, 2007 at 8:54 pm
Submission of the night should have been Roger Huerta!!!!
knightrida- December 18, 2007 at 1:15 am
Yeah Mac got stiffed on this one. Oh well, I don't think anyone pities him. lol
BIG CHRIS- December 18, 2007 at 12:57 am
Yeah but Arroyo shouldn't be walking away with more than mac....he fought the guy that lost twice to Mac on the show....and submitted him....he should not have gotten that much money no matter what!!
Jeremy- December 17, 2007 at 11:47 pm
Mac got the six figure contract and will be ranked higher than the other fighters, thus making him even more money. I'm sure mac can afford all the humus he wants now.
BIG CHRIS- December 17, 2007 at 11:41 pm
I can't beleive Matt Arroyo(the guy that punked out and was scared to fight Danzig) got more money than Mac!!! That is unbelievable!! That punk got paid more than Guida too....Mac Danzig should have made more money than everyone except Roger Huerta!
knightrida- December 17, 2007 at 10:55 pm
I can't believe the winner of the finale (Mac) got paid a third of what War Machine got.
MattyLight- December 17, 2007 at 10:52 pm
War looks like he aged 30 years in 15 minutes against Rollins. Watch out for the cornhole, brah...