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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

Yushin Okami: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Mark Munoz: $22,000

Jake Ellenberger: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. John Howard: $15,000

Takanori Gomi: $120,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus, $40,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Tyson Griffin: $30,000

Jacob Volkmann: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Kelly: $17,000

Matt Riddle: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. DaMarques Johnson: $10,000

Igor Pokrajac: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. James Irvin: $20,000

Brian Stann: $74,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus, $40,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Mike Massenzio: $45,000 (includes $40,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Charles Oliveira: $52,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus, $40,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Darren Elkins: $8,000

Rob Kimmons: $18,000 (includes $9,000 win bonus)
def. Steve Steinbeiss: $6,000

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."

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BJJ Pennguin- August 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm
I thought he was Baptist?
Dick_Gozenya- August 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Jon "Tabernacle" Jones
Almost North- August 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm
Jon "Tablets in a hat" Jones
Dick_Gozenya- August 6, 2010 at 11:57 am
Jon "My Five Wives Get Fifteen Welfare Checks" Jones
Dick_Gozenya- August 6, 2010 at 11:56 am
Jon "No I Swear the Talking Fire Salamander gave me this Religious Text" Jones
darciesdaddy- August 6, 2010 at 11:34 am
iDestroy Says:
Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:02
I was told it actually used to be part of their doctrine, that the darker your skin color, the more sin you had.

That would be a nice way to get a good tan.
PortlandMMA- August 6, 2010 at 11:22 am
@ 831 Father

Really? People sign contracts and then they fulfill their contract by fighting x number of fights for x number of dollars? Thanks for explaining that to me, that was way over my head.

On a serious note though, it’s just like any other sport. If you’re a RB and you get drafted in the 3rd round in the NFL and sign a miniscule contract, but then end up rushing for 1300 yards, then someone is going to renegotiate your contract. Same thing with Jones, if your 6-0 against unproven opponents they aren’t going to be throwing GSP money at you, but if you prove to be one of the most exciting guys in the company then you should probably get a bigger cut.

I’m not saying he should be getting GSP/Brock money, but he should be getting more money then the dudes he is slaughtering. Did you tune in to merely watch Vlad fight or get his ass whipped by Jones?
El Guapo- August 6, 2010 at 11:04 am
I was a Mormon for Halloween. True story. Had the white dress shirt with short sleeves, black tie, black slacks, bicycle helmet, the whole nine. Got drunk, danced the night away with a lovely naughty policegirl... Good times.

Fireball Kid FTW + James Irving being James Irving = Fightpicker Dominance
ksgbobo- August 6, 2010 at 11:02 am
Another thing, most Mormons as you call them do not have tattoos. He is a Christian just like Mormons are Christians.

Btw pinkyslayer, that verse is in reference to the people here in the Americas. The natives, in why they are dark.
tnbp- August 6, 2010 at 10:23 am
Jones' father is a Pentecostal minister in Endicott, NY, and he, himself, is Pentecostal. Definitely not Mormon.
AkilleeZ- August 6, 2010 at 9:52 am
I wonder if Jones would snitch on Joe Rogan if he walked in on him hittin the bong backstage.
831 Father- August 6, 2010 at 9:50 am
Everytime these posts, nerds come out of the woodwork with their "x fighter is underpaid". Do you realize they're under contract? They get paid the same amount for x number of fights. Did you expect Dana to give Jon a GSP/Brock contract right out of the gate?
BrutusBox- August 6, 2010 at 9:36 am
i always think it is crazy to hear of a black mormon, considering that the mormon church originally taught that black people were cursed by God and that is why their skin is black, they conveniently changed this teaching and said they were wrong when it became politically incorrect. before that time there was no such thing as a black mormon. on a lighter note how about Jon "the mormon monster" Jones. ok that was just mediocre how about Jon "Magic Chones" Jones.
iDestroy- August 6, 2010 at 9:28 am
Jon Jones is so Mormon, he snitches on dudes who smoke weed.
iDestroy- August 6, 2010 at 9:16 am
Yeah. A lot about the Mormon religion is funny and incorrect.
Videodrome_NOW- August 6, 2010 at 9:08 am
Funny, but incorrect. Most whites would be black if that were the case.
iDestroy- August 6, 2010 at 9:02 am
I was told it actually used to be part of their doctrine, that the darker your skin color, the more sin you had.
pinkyslayer- August 6, 2010 at 8:47 am
Mormons believe when Jeebus comes back that he'llpurify everyone by washing away their sins. And by sin, I mean being any race other than white.

But dude above is right also.

wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God; I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities." (2 Nephi 5:21)

Videodrome_NOW- August 6, 2010 at 8:43 am
see below
Videodrome_NOW- August 6, 2010 at 8:42 am
Well, in the slim chance you are interested, it was more of an authority issue. Blacks were always welcomed into the church, however, they were not allowed to hold the Priesthood. In the LDS faith, the Priesthood is the authority to act in the name of God and until the late 70's as you said, Blacks were not allowed to officiate in any ordinances(religious ceremonials). The reason was again, as you stated, that Blacks were descendants from Cain and that the curse came for Cains rebellion against God. The curse was a "Mark" upon their skin and also were not allowed to officiate in Sacred rights given to men by God.

There are actually a large number of Blacks in the church, coincidentally, not in the U.S. Mainly Africa and Europe, certainly not in Utah.
Videodrome_NOW- August 6, 2010 at 8:31 am
Who's Jones' next opponent?
My money is on Franklin, because I think FoGriff wants nothing to do with him, plus he's doing the book tour. Bader and Li'l Nog are tied up as well as Rampage and Machida. So who are they going to give him to?
J-Dog- August 6, 2010 at 8:28 am
I didn't even think about Jones being black and being called out as Mormon. I could be very wrong, but I don't think there are many black Mormons. I've seen it argued somewhere that Mormons teach that blacks are an inferior race. That's heresay though, I am not that schooled in Mormonology so I'm not stating that as fact. But I did read that somewhere. Read about the Curse of Cain. Apparently, the LDS church banned blacks up until 1978. Good Christians, those Mormons (sarcasm).

Jones is definitely a Christian, but I highly doubt he's a Mormon.
Videodrome_NOW- August 6, 2010 at 8:24 am
+1 for Breakin Faces for the Prophet. I laughed so hard I had to punch myself in the balls.
PortlandMMA- August 6, 2010 at 8:21 am
Yeah I know. I was just making fun of the fact that she acts like she's been involved with MMA forever because she stole a last name.
Almost North- August 6, 2010 at 8:17 am
Jon "Breakin faces for the prophet" Jones

Jon "Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb" Jones

Jon "The Black Mormon" Jones

Jon "Mormaniac" Jones

Jon "Sammy Davis Jr" Jones

Jon "With a name like this of course I'm Mormon" Jones