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UFC on Fox 7 Salaries: Frank Mir Earns as Much as Benson Henderson? Frank Mir Earns as Much as Benson Henderson.


Since we can only post so many “U Mad?” GIFs in one day, this will have to suffice.

The UFC paid out a total of $1,518,000 in disclosed salaries and end of the night bonuses to the fighters on last night’s UFC on Fox 7, according to the California State Athletic Commission. Both former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson took home $200,000 for their performances last night, making them the two highest paid fighters on the card. Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez took home the evening’s third-highest disclosed salary at $175,000.

The entire disclosed payroll is below, via MMA Junkie. Keep in mind that the following figures account for neither sponsorships and undisclosed “locker room bonuses,” nor do they include deductions for taxes, insurance, and licensing fees. Also, since there were no submissions on the card, two fighters took home a Knockout of the Night bonus.

Benson Henderson: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Melendez: $175,000

Daniel Cormier: $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus)
def. Frank Mir: $200,000

Josh Thomson: $145,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus and $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Nate Diaz: $15,000

Matt Brown: $110,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus and $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Jordan Mein: $66,000 (includes $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Chad Mendes
: $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
def. Darren Elkins: $24,000

Francis Carmont: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $23,000

Myles Jury
: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Ramsey Nijem: $14,000

Joseph Benavidez: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Darren Uyenoyama: $12,000

T.J. Dillashaw: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Hugo Viana: $8,000

Jorge Masvidal: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Means: $10,000

Anthony Njorkuani: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Roger Bowling: $12,000

Yoel Romero: $70,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus and $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Clifford Starks: $8,000

Underpaid: I’d like to believe that Nate Diaz only taking home $15,000 in show money was due to him looking out for teammate Gilbert Melendez. Melendez has been trapped in Strikeforce for the majority of his career, missing out on the exposure and big paydays that come along with being one of the UFC’s top fighters. I’m just going to assume that Diaz took a substantial pay-cut in order to ensure that Melendez made bank; a move that should put him the running for literally every one of these awards. If I’m wrong, then maybe Nate might want to send Cesar Gracie a fruit basket or something.

Overpaid: There’s something a bit off about Strikeforce prospect Jorge Masvidal being paid twice as much money as Nate Diaz to show last night, and three times as much as his opponent – who entered the bout 2-0 in the UFC. And of course, Frank Mir being paid twice as much show money as Benson Henderson in 2013 is preposterous. His age + his salary + his two fight losing streak = either a new “And Now He’s Fired” or an update to our handy “Will You Be Fired?” flowchart will be necessary by the end of the week.

@SethFalvo

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Mr_Misanthropy- April 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm
I'm happy for Frank too. That $200,000 will get him another four months worth of hair gel.
algiersheadkick504- April 22, 2013 at 11:23 am
I think nate got a locker room bonus after that one...payed in pounds...he needs it after having his head nearly removed
Sho Nuff- April 22, 2013 at 9:32 am
I'm with cman here. It's good to know that being with the company for years, having had a successful career, leads to some good contract love while you're on the skids of your career but still a draw (see Tito's last few also). They deserve it. Thanks for the memories, Frank. Now...you're fired.
BigDaddyD- April 22, 2013 at 8:19 am
well it all comes down to their current contracts when ZUFFA acquired Strikeforce. I'm sure that once their current contracts are up things will settle down.
nick diaz and the dub sack- April 22, 2013 at 7:00 am
Poor Bendo, two Fox cards in a row where the lightweight champ makes less show money than his challenger.
Clyde- April 22, 2013 at 5:06 am
One thing I will say for Frank compared to Besnon, I have never debated whether Frank Mir won a fight or not. If he hadn't got that knee in against Cro cop there would have been at least one exception there, but fortunately no one really would have cared about who won/lost that if it had gone to decision for it to really matter.
nick diaz and the dub sack- April 22, 2013 at 6:56 am
And yet Benson has never actually lost a UFC fight. You've never had to question whether Ben got knocked the fuck out in a fight because that shit doesn't happen.
cman- April 22, 2013 at 3:58 am
Thompson, former champ, former UFC, doesnt have caesar negotiating. Diaz, almost cut until he dropped weight class. Now bankable more because of nick than his own name. Sadly he stepped out of nicks shadow and Gracie's 'management' just as the entire UFC has their style beaten. Money makes sense.
Melendez is still on his SF contract with no win bonus. Not sure what they do on free shows with no PPV money, but I'm sure they were all paid back room bonuses. Though Gil and Cormier should pay it back for exposure.
dranokills- April 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm
Mir vs Cormier was the most boring fight of the year. Mir acted like a scared pussy. They both acted to scared to engage. Literally at the end of one of the rounds they circled each other for the last 29 seconds of the round. even after hearing the "clapper" sound denoting 10 seconds left! they danced around in a circle. lamest fucking shit I have ever seen. And Mir couldn't once take him down? I call bullshit on that. And they paid these slow ass, lazy bastards that much money? reDONKulous!
congrats to Brown and mein for fight of the night but the best, and most exciting fight was for sure Benson and Gilbert throwing leather. After the Ali hug-fest that was Mir and baby huey ,the ben vs gilbert fight was a blur of action.
as for Nate....well all I can say is hahahahahahahahaha, fuck a stupid Diaz! so glad to see that retard get knocked out......to bad it wasn't his even goofier big brother. Hope to see Nate on the "and now hes fired..." list, soon.
itsgalf- April 21, 2013 at 9:29 pm
Yes, that is a pretty skewed payscale there.

Without a doubt, Nate Diaz is one of the biggest draws on the card, since he has consistently put on good fights for the UFC. $15k for him while Josh Thomson was getting $85k to show?
Pen Fifteen- April 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm
How about the challenger getting more guaranteed show money than the champ? Fuckin whatever about Melendez, but you're paying him basically the same to show as Frank Mir? What fucking planet are we living on?
CWill859- April 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm
Still no mention on CP about the Larkin decision robbery. And damn that TUF pay scale is bitch. 8 & 8 is what you'll get for years. And yeah, what's up with Nate?! He just came off a title shot.
cman- April 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm
Nate never made nick money, and I agree with Mir money, 2 time champ, headlined shows for years, I'd be more upset with bendo getting a bigger check.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm
I'm pretty sure something is inaccurate with Nate Diaz's reported salary. I already saw the same number on MMAJunkie so I know it's not just you guys.
TwoFistedFlavah- April 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm
I think Frank Mir has paid his dues and deserves every penny. Not only is he a former champ, but the dude breaks peoples arms. Would rather watch Frank Mir fight than Bendo with all his decisions.
macreadysshack- April 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Yoel Romero - thinking he's going to go home with a paltry 10-20k but making a getaway with 70k must feel like winning the lottery. I love it when low paid fighters earn the OTN bonuses.

On the same note, Jordan Mein must be as happy as a he could possibly be with an 'L'.
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