UFC 145 Salaries: Jones, Evans and Rothwell top payroll

April 25, 2012

MMA Junkie reports the salaries for UFC 145 as released by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission. Jon Jones and Rashad Evans were at the top of the $1.2 million payroll.

Via MMA Junkie:

Champ Jon Jones: $400,000 (no win bonus)
def. Rashad Evans: $300,000

Rory MacDonald: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Che Mills: $8,000

Ben Rothwell: $104,000 (includes $52,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan Schaub: $14,000

Michael McDonald: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Miguel Torres: $32,000

Eddie Yagin: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Mark Hominick: $17,000

Mark Bocek: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. John Alessio: $10,000

Travis Browne: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Chad Griggs: $27,000

Matt Brown: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Stephen Thompson: $8,000

Anthony Njokuani: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. John Makdessi: $12,000

Mac Danzig: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Efrain Escudero: $10,000

Chris Clements: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Keith Wisniewski: $10,000

Marcus Brimage: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Maximo Blanco: $13,000

Payout Perspective:

It’s interesting that Ben Rothwell was third highest on the payroll. Also Efrain Escudero’s return to the UFC meant a pay cut from his TUF winner contract. “Wonderboy” was the only fighter making less than $10,000.  A rather low payroll despite the fact that $700,000 of the payroll was dedicated to the main event.

4 Responses to “UFC 145 Salaries: Jones, Evans and Rothwell top payroll”

  1. BrainSmasher on April 25th, 2012 10:18 PM

    No doubt Evans got a cut of the PPV. Im sure by this time Jones is on a new contract that gives him a cut of the PPV too.

  2. Machiel Van on April 26th, 2012 7:27 AM

    All of the champions get a cut of PPV (although I’m sure the amount varies based on perceived drawing power). Beyond that, it seems that certain fighters who have the popularity to negotiate a PPV cut in their contracts also get one (Rampage, Rashad, etc.).

  3. Nick on April 27th, 2012 2:59 PM

    Lorenzo told ESPN that 29 fighters get a PPV cut. Bones has been groomed to be a star since coming to the UFC, so I would be shocked if he wasnt getting PPV points since at least the Shogun fight.

  4. BrainSmasher on April 27th, 2012 11:21 PM

    But i think there is a lit of clauses in those 20 fighters contract. I bet you have to be a headliner or co headliner to get the cut. Which kind of came out during the Diaz fiasco. It would be hard for the UFC to make cards and not lose money. Plus there are always guys who are past their prime who dont headline like a Hughes or a one and done champ like Shogun.

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