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UFC 160 Salaries: Cain Velasquez Makes 400 Large; Dos Santos, Hunt, Grant Also Crack Six Figures

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The UFC paid out $1,733,000 in disclosed salaries and performance bonuses to the 24 fighters who competed at UFC 160, with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez‘s $400,000 flat fee eating up 23% of the total. (Coming soon: The “Occupy Velasquez” movement, led by Jacob Volkmann and John Cholish.) Heavyweights Junior Dos Santos and Mark Hunt made over $200k for their co-main event bout — including their $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses — while the night’s other big winner, TJ Grant, just made it to the six-figure mark.

Check out the full list of UFC 160 salaries below — courtesy of the Nevada State Athletic Commission via MMAMania — followed by our traditional rundown of who’s underpaid/overpaid. Keep in mind that the numbers don’t include additional income from undisclosed “locker-room bonuses,” sponsorships, or cuts of the pay-per-view that some of the UFC’s stars are entitled to, or deductions for taxes, insurance, and licensing fees.

Cain Velasquez: $400,000 (no win bonus)
Antonio Silva: $75,000

Junior dos Santos: $290,000 (includes $120,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Mark Hunt: $210,000 (includes $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Glover Teixeira: $98,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus, $50,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
James Te Huna: $30,000

T.J. Grant: $100,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Gray Maynard: $45,000

Donald Cerrone: $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
K.J. Noons: $41,000

Mike Pyle: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
Rick Story: $27,000

Dennis Bermudez: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Max Holloway: $14,000

Robert Whittaker: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Colton Smith: $15,000

Khabib Nurmagomedov: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Abel Trujillo: $8,000

Stephen Thompson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Nah-Shon Burrell: $9,000

George Roop: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
Brian Bowles: $19,000

Jeremy Stephens: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Estevan Payan: $10,000

Underpaid: None of the heavyweights, that’s for sure. This is one of those UFC payout lists that kind of suggests a correlation between size and paycheck. A lightweight phenom like Khabib Nurmagomedov gets just $14,000 to show, while a light-heavyweight phenom like Glover Teixeira gets $24,000. And then you have Bigfoot Silva earning $75,000 just for lumbering into a heavyweight title fight, I guess. Rick Story‘s $27k seems rather low, considering how long he’s been paying his dues in the Octagon. And yet, it’s way more than any bantamweight on the card could hope to get.

Overpaid: KJ Noons is a non-entity in the UFC, and it’s unlikely that he’ll have a long, successful career in the promotion. But somehow, his $41,000 show-money was identical to that of opponent Donald Cerrone, a high-profile veteran who’s about as dependably exciting as anyone in this sport. Noons made almost as much cash as top-shelf lightweight Gray Maynard, and makes far more to-show than guys like Teixeira and Nurmagomedov, who actually will have futures in the promotion.

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Natalia- May 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm
my neighbor's half-sister makes $68/hour on the computer. She has been without a job for five months but last month her pay was $13193 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more here
victoryrack01- May 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm
upto I looked at the paycheck four $6929, I didnt believe brothers friend could truly bringing home money parttime at their computer.. there mums best friend has done this 4 only about 18 months and a short time ago paid for the dept on their apartment and got a great new Infiniti. go to...>>>>
Pen Fifteen- May 29, 2013 at 8:46 am
Hunt makes 25% more show money than a guy who was a former champ of the division, yet he doesn't make your "overpaid" list? GTFO.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm
Doy. Because Strikeforce contracts vs. WEC contracts.

I don't know about Glover but he is tight with Chuck...
teep- May 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm
Gray is over paid.
algiersheadkick504- May 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm
Ill get wheel kicked for 260 large any day. Of.the.week