The UFC shelled out $640,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the fighters at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko, with Takanori Gomi coming out way in front of the pack; thanks to his win bonus and KO bonus, he was the only fighter on the card to break the six-figure mark. The numbers are below. Keep in mind that they don’t include additional income from sponsorships and those mysterious undisclosed "locker room bonuses," or deductions for taxes, insurance, licensing fees, and new sunglasses.
Jon Jones: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Vladimir Matyushenko: $31,000
Igor Pokrajac: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. James Irvin: $20,000
Charles Oliveira: $52,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus, $40,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Darren Elkins: $8,000
Underpaid: Let’s be clear — Jon Jones ain’t starvin’. Between the win bonuses, the occasional knockout bonus, sponsors, and whatever extra cash DW might give him in the locker room, Bones makes a very comfortable living doing what he loves. But he’s a headliner now; the UFC’s first two events on Versus have depended on his presence. He’s also one of the most exciting and marketable fighters the UFC currently has on its roster. $23,000 to-show makes him arguably the greatest bargain in professional sports, but he deserves more considering what he’s already given to the fans and the company.
Overpaid: When you book James Irvin to fight in your event, you know you’re paying for (at most) three minutes of his time, and an ugly ending. If he somehow manages to keep his job after three straight first-round stoppage losses, maybe the UFC should require his salary to be based on a "Second Round Bonus," or a "Manages to Avoid Making the Audience Sad Bonus."