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‘UFC 157′ Salaries: Rousey Banks 90K, Hendo Tops $1.17 Million Payroll


(It’s hard to argue that she didn’t earn it, but we’re sure at least a few of you will try your damnedest anyway. / Photo via Getty Images)

The California State Athletic Commission recently released the salary figures for UFC 157, which transpired last Saturday from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Topping the payroll was none other than Dan Henderson, who took home a cool quarter million despite dropping a close decision to Lyoto Machida in the night’s co-main event. Most of the salaries seem relatively fair considering the UFC’s recent cutbacks, but check out the full list after the jump and let us know who you think is “super fucking expensive” and who deserves to be paid a little more.

Ronda Rousey: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. Liz Carmouche: $12,000

Lyoto Machida: $200,000 (no win bonus)
def. Dan Henderson: $250,000

Urijah Faber: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Ivan Menjivar: $17,000

Court McGee: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Neer: $16,000

Robbie Lawler: $105,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Koscheck: $78,000

Brendan Schaub: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Lavar Johnson: $29,000

Mike Chiesa: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Anton Kuivanen: $8,000

Dennis Bermudez: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Grice: $8,000

Sam Stout: $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
def. Caros Fodor: $15,000

Kenny Robertson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Brock Jardine: $8,000

Neil Magny: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Jon Manley: $8,000

Nah-Shon Burrell: $12,500 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Yuri Villefort: $6,550

Per usual, these figures are void of any locker room bonuses, sponsorship fees, and the $50,000 end of the night bonuses that Robbie Lawler, Kenny Robertson, and Dennis Bermudez/Matt Grice received for KOTN, SOTN, and FOTN, respectively. Since Burrell missed weight, a portion of his purse totaling $1500.00 that was awarded to Villefort.

-J. Jones

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painvelasquez- March 1, 2013 at 10:45 am
Until the UFC fixes their pay-out policy whatever it may be, it will never truely be accepted by the main stream. Seriously how are you just gonna toss Liz 12 Gs if shes a headliner in what was supposed to be a "historic" fight? Rhonda should split the earnings if she liked liz as much as she said she liked her in those prime time interviews , because i think she might be homeless now.. ha
ArmFarmer- February 28, 2013 at 10:38 am
That's got to be a record setting low for a main even title fight in the ufc. Seriously, I can't imagine anyone has ever been paid less for a ufc title fight. That's sad.
teep- February 28, 2013 at 10:07 am
Liz may never make it out of poverty!
teep- February 28, 2013 at 10:06 am
@ discoStu: I thought the six figure contract means that the fighter wins a hundred thousand dollars the night he wins, plus the Harley. Then I believe the next three years of the contract are negotiated. Someone please correct me if this statement is wrong.
dranokills- February 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm
Ok first off Ronda and Dan henderson need to flip payments cause hendo is not even close to being worth that much anymore. i would give him the 90k, and Ronda the 250K.
and 105K Lawler return is way to much, and cupcakes 78k is way to much for his lame ass as well. He is a midcard fighter he will never wear gold, drop his pay.
schaub's boring ass could use a reduction in pay as well.
Sam Stout is way overpaid as well.
whereas Matt Grice needs his contract redone to about FIVE times his salary, because those who didn't who this kid was before, they know him NOW. I'd pay to see him and Bermudez fight main event 5 rounds, fuck yeah!
enrikk- February 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm
@ whatchawhozeit totally agreed, minimum salary would be awesome given how much guys like Grice put on the line for 8K

And Ronda only took 90K for making history with her 10th first-round submission while Machida made over twice that for his "domination" of Hendo? smh
Hope 157 helps buck the trend for the ladies
DiscoStu- February 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm
Mike Chiesa gets $15k to show? How about that "6-figure UFC contract?" Does it assume that he fights and wins 3 times a year, and then also gets a bonus? Or do they just pay him a minimal amount to keep the benchmarks (comps) low and then supplement at the end of the year with a locker room bonus? Either way, that $30k after agent/team/coach fees and taxes isn't much for a TUF star that has to survive on that for the next 4-6 months (assuming good health). Yikes.
cman- February 27, 2013 at 7:45 pm
@ Mac - there is nothing ugly about how ultimat surrender ends up.....
beef_kurtains- February 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm
I've noticed a trend with fighters who were previously with the UFC and have returned. They make a shit load more money than those that started, then stayed with the UFC. Lawler at $100k +? Good for him. Looks like it paid to go elsewhere and rebuild the brand...same for hendo.
kmfdmkid- February 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm
Joseph Benavidez? What happened to Dennis Bermudez?
whatchawhozeit- February 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm
I would like the UFC to put in place a minimum fighter salary around the $12500. I think that would be more than fair if you are asking these new guys to be more exciting or they are gonna get cut.
macreadysshack- February 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm
Rousey may want to rethink that sports-bra, otherwise, mark my words, one of her fights is going to devolve into an 'Ultimate Surrender' match. And we all know that ends up ugly.
macreadysshack- February 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Props to Grice for more than quintupling his payday with a LOSS! Like a boss.
Sopapo- February 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm
Brendan Shacub didnt get the shit he deserved, dude calls out Lavar Johnson to prove he has a chin and he can bang, he takes him down and puts up the worst fight since Kongo vs Shawn. For fucks sake, he is the biggest pussy ever, he called him out cause it was an easy win. Fucking hope he gets KO again.
Fried Taco- February 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm
Hey Burrell, you barely made more than Liz, and she lost.
El Guapo- February 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm
And now he's fired, Josh Koscheck. WAY too fuckin expensive.
NuclearSun- February 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm
@Cwill remember Lawler is still on his Strikeforce contract.
CWill859- February 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm
How does Lavar Johnson make 29k to show?! He wasn't even on the main card. And Robbie Lawler makes 90k to show? Or is that including his KOTN bonus?
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