The UFC handed out $1,184,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses for Saturday night’s show, with Randy Couture and Matt Serra‘s $200,000+ checks leading the pack. Check out the numbers below, and keep in mind that the figures don’t include additional income from sponsorships, undisclosed locker room bonuses, and cuts of the pay-per-view (Couture), or deductions for taxes, insurance, licensing fees, and monthly Life Alert payments (Coleman).
Randy Couture: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mark Coleman: $60,000
Matt Serra: $210,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus, $60,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Frank Trigg: $30,000
Melvin Guillard: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Ronys Torres: $4,000
Phil Davis: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Stann: $17,000
Joey Beltran: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Rolles Gracie: $15,000
Underpaid: It’s surprising that a prospect like Phil Davis — with his lofty hype and top-shelf wrestling credentials — was brought in under a $5k/$5k contract, which is usually reserved for guys without many other options. (If Strikeforce didn’t try to pick him up, or if they were outbid at $5,000, they’re fools.) Sucks that he’ll be beating up his next two opponents for the same measly pay.
Overpaid: Rolles Gracie, whose to-show money was three times higher than Davis’s, simply because of his last name. As we saw on Saturday, a legendary lineage won’t prevent you from gassing out completely in the second round.