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UFC 146 Salaries: Dos Santos, Cain, Mir Sock Away $200k Apiece; Three Others Crack Six Figures

(That awkward moment when fireballs fail to shoot out of your hands.)

The UFC paid out $1,513,000 in disclosed salaries and performance bonuses for last Saturday’s UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir card, with Junior Dos Santos, Frank Mir, and Cain Velasquez‘s matching $200,000 checks eating up about 40% of the total. The full salary list is below via MMAJunkie. Keep in mind that these figures don’t include additional revenue from sponsorships, undisclosed “locker room bonuses,” or percentages of the pay-per-view revenue that are in some fighters’ contracts.

Junior Dos Santos: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Frank Mir: $200,000

Cain Velasquez: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Antonio Silva: $70,000

Roy Nelson: $110,000 (includes $20,00 win bonus and $70,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Dave Herman: $21,000

Stipe Miocic: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Del Rosario: $20,000

Stefan Struve: $128,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus and $70,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Lavar Johnson: $26,000

Darren Elkins: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Brandao: $15,000

Jamie Varner: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Edson Barboza: $18,000

C.B. Dollaway: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller: $45,000

Dan Hardy: $120,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus and $70,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Duane “Bang” Ludwig: $18,000

Paul Sass: $90,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus and $70,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Jacob Volkmann: $20,000

Glover Teixeira: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Kingsbury: $12,000

Mike Brown: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Daniel Pineda: $10,000

Underpaid: Jamie Varner, mostly for the fact that his thrilling and completely unexpected K.O. of Edson Barboza was passed over for a knockout bonus. Also, his $10,000 show money was noticeably less than what he used to make in the WEC. You’d think he’d at least get his old salary to step in on short notice against an undefeated killer. Luckily, Varner made the most of his opportunity and will hopefully be able to re-negotiate after another win.

Overpaid: Antonio Silva. Including his last loss to Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce, that’s two fights in a row where Bigfoot has done little more than offer target practice to AKA’s heavyweight roster. What’s the point of being a terrifying behemoth if you can’t use your freakish size to your advantage? And why should Silva’s to-show money be that much higher than UFC veterans like Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve in the first place?

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linzhancq- June 3, 2012 at 9:39 am
KidDinomite- May 30, 2012 at 9:58 am
They should have just cancelled the main event. Anyone who thought Mir ever had even a small chance to defeat Dos Santos were fooling themselves. Mir had literally nothing for Dos Santos. I think they shouldve just given Velasquez the title shot, it would've at least been more competitive this time...
knucklesamitch- May 30, 2012 at 6:45 am
Roy Nelson is getting fucked by that ultimate fighter contract. Am I the only one that thinks it would be better to make it onto TUF, and lose? You might start out making the same shit money, but at least you won't be locked into a 2 year contract that makes you poor as fuck.
jjmanring- May 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm
Allistair Overeem would have put on a better show than Mir, that fact is unfortunate to me. I wonder where his payout would have fallen amongst the rest on this great card...
FilmDrunk- May 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm
What about Nelson? He's one of the bigger names on the card, and if he didn't win or get that bonus, he'd only be making 30K for the fight.
J-Dog- May 30, 2012 at 8:46 am
110K payday minus 70K KOTN bonus minus 20K win bonus = 20K to show money. He's way underpaid, most likely because of the TUF contract.
J-Dog- May 30, 2012 at 8:42 am
or maybe only 20K
BuckWild- May 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm
Nelson vs BigFOOT !
Mir please break Brocks neck- May 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Mayhem looked BETTER eight (count em').....E-I-G-H-T years ago when he went 15 minutes with GSP!!!! He was slow and noticable flabby. After 8 years and only 2 appearances with the UFC (both losses, mind you).....I would have thought he would have made a real effort to WIN this fight!!! I LIKE Mayhem. I LIKE his fighting style. But geez kid..... you seemed to have more skills a decade ago than now :( I mean.....if you fought GSP wouldnt last 30 seconds. Again....I AM a Miller fan....but its disappointing to watch him lose and have never seen a victory inside the UFC. I wish him the best no matter what. Oh, while Im here..... FRANK MIR FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!
kayd3e- May 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm
I believe Roy Nelson is still locked in his ultimate fighter contract that was offered to him. He will eventually get paid im sure.
Chonde- May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm
How about Roy Nelson??? He only made good money due to his bonuses. If he lost, he was only making $20k!? That is stupid. He is adored by many fans and is always in great fights. DW needs to get off his nuts and let him make some money. He needs to be making as much or more than bigfoot at least! Hell, he's still the only guy to go the distance with JDS.
SlackBrian- May 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm
Carwin also went the distance with JDS. He just looked like he was hit in the face with a shovel while doing so.
Mir please break Brocks neck- May 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm
MUCH agreed Chonde! Nelson is THE ONLY GUY to go 15 minutes with JDS. Nelson gets my vote for a raise! Frank MIr for President!
SlackBrian- May 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm
Again, no he isn't. Carwin did as well.
amsterdamheavy- May 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm
I was going to say pretty much the same thing.
Breakin2ElectricBoogaloo- May 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Agreed Bigfoots way overpaid. His size would be an advantage if it wasnt for the fact that his head being the size of Rosie O'donnells ass is impossible to protect. Even Mayhem could land some shots on that thing.