(Evan Dunham fattens up his 401k with this slick finish. Props: UG)
If you were to look through the disclosed payouts from UFC Fight Night 20 and use them to form conclusions about which fighters are most valuable to their employers, you’d probably come up with some pretty hilariously wrong results. You’d also probably get a little bit sad for the guys at the bottom of the card, though when is that not the case on a Spike TV fight card? Check out the salary breakdown below, via Sherdog, but keep in mind that it doesn’t include undisclosed bonuses, sponsorship money, fees, or spare change found on the floor of the locker room:
Gerald Harris: $42,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus, $30,000 KO of the Night bonus)
def. John Salter: $6,000
Nick Catone: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Jesse Forbes: $6,000
Underpaid: Anybody making six or seven grand in show money with the UFC. You’d like to think that getting to the big show would treat you a little better than that, but it’s a long uphill climb, unfortunately. Apart from that, how is Dunham one of the UFC’s brightest young prospects, and yet only making nine and nine? That’s gotta change.
Overpaid: Chris Leben, obviously. The guy’s on the prelims of a Fight Night making thirty and thirty, while the main evente winner can’t even crack fifty grand. That’s not exactly money well spent on the UFC’s part.
Related: If you assumed that Tom Lawlor was flying high, even in defeat, just because he got a little bonus cash, he has a message for you:
I lost a split decision
windows on my comp has an error and my laptop barely works now
my cornerman got hit in the head by another cornerman, with our corner bucket and made our hotel room look like a crime scene
I went to a bar, got drunk, and not one girl even looked at me after the fight
I repeated the last sentence, the next night
and this morning my parent’s Astro-Van wouldn’t start on our way home from breakfast
congrats to Aaron Simpson