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UFC 145 Salaries: Jon Jones Tops the Payroll With 400 Grand, Polly

(The fighters of UFC 145 meet perhaps the single greatest interviewer of all time. Props to Creative Loafing for the vid.)

It’s good to be king, Potato Nation. We sure don’t need to tell that to Jon Jones, who walked away from UFC 145 with not only his pretty non-replicated belt, but a cool 400K for his troubles. As Pepper Brooks would surely tell you, that’ll buy one hell of a blumpkin. Not to be outdone, Rashad Evans picked up $300,000, which he immediately invested in a double D sized ocular implant. I know it probably gives you more confidence, “Suga,” but you’ll lose respect from the soccer moms is all we’re saying. Combined, the night’s main-eventers took in just over half of the total disclosed salary, which rang in at $1,241,000.

Check out the full list of salaries below. Per usual, these numbers do not include things like locker room bonuses, PPV cuts, insurance, licenses, taxes, etc., nor do they include the $65,000 end of the night bonuses handed out to those who earned them.

Jon Jones: $400,000 (no win bonus)
def. Rashad Evans: $300,000

Rory MacDonald: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Che Mills: $8,000

Ben Rothwell: $104,000 (includes $52,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan Schaub: $14,000

Michael McDonald: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Miguel Torres: $32,000

Eddie Yagin: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Mark Hominick: $17,000

Mark Bocek: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. John Alessio: $10,000

Travis Browne: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Chad Griggs: $27,000

Matt Brown: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Stephen Thompson: $8,000

Anthony Njokuani: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. John Makdessi: $12,000

Mac Danzig: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Efrain Escudero: $10,000

Chris Clements: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Keith Wisniewski: $10,000

Marcus Brimage: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Maximo Blanco: $13,000


Overpaid: Who would’ve guessed that Ben Rothwell was making over 50K to show? Before UFC 145, the guy was 1-2 in the UFC and on the heels of a disastrous loss to Mark Hunt, but you would think he was a top contender with that kind of money. We aren’t here to dump haterade on “Big Ben,” because he seems like a pretty cool dude, as evident by his heartfelt post-fight speech. He’s earned his payday, as did everyone else on the card. It’s just a little surprising is all.

Underpaid: OK, now it’s time to dump some haterade. If someone has the balls to attempt and justify how Keith Wisneieiskiwiewi manages to have a higher base salary than bantamweight phenom Michael McDonald and Che Mills, then be our guest. We know that Mills has only had one fight in the UFC prior to UFC 145, but so did Whiskeytits (at least in his current run), and he required Face/Off surgery after his last performance against Josh Neer. This is not a knock on Winsnickerskew, because the dude’s a warrior, but more of a knock on the paltry base pay some fighters receive. Hopefully DW tossed Mills some undisclosed cash in the locker room, or else he might want to start considering the rare bird wrangling business. It may be more frustrating than MMA, but it’s a lot less painful.

As for McDonald, he now stands at 4-0 in the UFC with two straight knockouts, the most recent coming over a former WEC champ and top pound-for-pounder nonetheless, yet he gets paid like a sub-level TUF participant. Makes you wonder what he’s always smiling about.

-J. Jones

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linzhanbn- April 26, 2012 at 9:36 am ....
agentsmith- April 26, 2012 at 7:57 am
How about Danzig getting $27K to show when his UFC record is 5-5, while Miguel Torres is only getting $32K?
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- April 26, 2012 at 4:01 am
Hahaaaa, Ace Ventura reference in the title....I got it
RwilsonR- April 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm
Anyone get a little uncomfortable when GSP was listing his breakfast, finished listed all of the foods, then paused, smirked a little and said, "...sausage."
Just something odd about the way he said it.
The12ozCurls- April 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm
Would you go so far as to say that his delivery of the sentence was "queer?"
The12ozCurls- April 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm
Hey CP - this guy is credentialed. LOL
Sopapo- April 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm
I enjoyed his fight with hunt. two exhausted dudes going at it is way better than to wrestlers rolling around any day..... watched it with a couple of friends that arnt mma fans and usually hate fights that go to the ground and they enjoyed that one too. looked like it could end anytime. Rothwell showed a hell of a chin.
ghostboner- April 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm
Wow. Matt Brown is the man.
VegasDirt- April 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm
Ah man Matt Brown is awesome!
Fried Taco- April 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm
The last line in the interview is worth it!