The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the payout list for UFC 125, with the total fighter payroll topping out at $1,112,000 in disclosed salaries and bonuses. MMA Junkie reports that despite the main event ending in a draw, both Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard were given their win bonus money — which insured that they were two of the night’s top earners, since they also picked up the event’s Fight of the Night bonuses.
Other six-figure earners included Clay Guida ($122,000) and Thiago Silva ($110,000). The complete UFC 125 salary list is below, and continues after the jump. Keep in mind that the figures do not include additional income from sponsorships or undisclosed "locker room bonuses," or deductions for taxes, insurance, and licensing fees.
Frankie Edgar: $162,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus, $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
vs. Gray Maynard: $112,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus, $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Clay Guida: $122,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus; $60,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Takanori Gomi: $50,000
Dustin Poirier: $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Grispi: $15,000
Brad Tavares: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Phil Baroni: $25,000
Daniel Roberts: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Greg Soto: $8,000
Jacob Volkmann: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio McKee: $15,000
Underpaid: Gray Maynard did well thanks to his bonuses, but keep in mind that his to-show money was only $26,000. And he was challenging for a world title. And he entered the match as an undefeated nine-fight UFC veteran. I guess that’s the cost of being a former TUF cast-member who never really became a fan favorite. Maybe that will start to change in the wake of his thrilling rematch with Edgar.
Overpaid: Meanwhile, Dong Hyun’s Kim show-money ($35k) is more than Maynard’s, Nate Diaz’s, and Clay Guida’s. Is Kim more popular, or more valuable to the company than those guys? No, and he certainly isn’t more entertaining to watch, either. (For once, we’ll spare Brandon Vera from "overpaid" consideration. It’s too easy, and besides, that money’s going to have to last him for a while.)