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Demian Maia earns event-high salary for TUF 12 Finale win over Kendall Grove

According to figures obtained from the NSAC, Brazilian middleweight Demian Maia netted $80,000 after picking opponent Kendall Grove apart for fifteen minutes this past weekend at the Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale with ever-improving stand-up and an always-reliable BJJ base.

News of the payout was listed in a document Five Ounces of Pain requested and received from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Coming in a tie for second/third place on the event’s payroll was fan-favorite Stephan Bonnar who made $62,000 for outpointing Igor Pokrajac, as well as featherweight Leonard Garcia whose take-home total was assisted by a $30,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus for his unquestionable gutsiness en route to a controversial decision win over Nam Phan.

Read below for a complete rundown of TUF 12 Finale payouts:

Dave Branch – $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Rich Attonito – $8,000
Pablo Garza – $38,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus, $30,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus) def. Fredson Paixao – $8,000
Nick Pace – $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Will Campuzano – $6,000
Kyle Watson – $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Sako Chivitchian – $8,000
Ian Loveland – $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Tyler Toner – $3,000
Cody McKenzie – $46,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus, $30,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus) def. Aaron Wilkinson – $8,000
Leonard Garcia – $62,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus, $30,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus) def. Nam Phan – $46,000 (includes $30,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus, $8,000 win bonus*)
Rick Story – $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Johny Hendricks – $22,000
Demian Maia – $80,000 (includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Kendall Grove – $28,000
Stephan Bonnar – $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Igor Pokrajac – $10,000
Jonathan Brookins – $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Michael Johnson – $8,000

* – Phan’s actual contracted salary for the fight was $8,000 in a loss but Dana White awarded him the win bonus after feeling, along with most in attendance, Phan deserved the decision nod


  • redwire says:

    “Dana White awarded him the win bonus after feeling, along with most in attendance, Phan deserved the decision nod”

    I like that move. Good for Dana.

    Is there a precedent for awarding the win bonus to the “loser”? For instance, did Hamil get a win bonus?

  • ByronGiant says:

    I don’t think Hamill got a bonus, but I’ve seen Dana do things like this before.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I still cant see how Phan lost that fight, he almost finished Garcia in round 2 and countered effectinly throughout, never getting hurt. I guess the judges take the 2 takedowns Garcia got( and held for all of a combined 15 seconds) and really put a lot of emphasis on just being able to get somebody down. I just dont see how taking a guy down and then having them pop back up without having absorbed any punishment doesnt cancel out the takedown. Damm judges made what was a good night of fights into a damm mess.

  • Creature says:

    The nam phan/garcia dec was BS and everyone knows it. maybe dana should make the judges actually WATCH the fight before deciding a winner? and on another subject. anyone else hear that chael and wanderlei being the next TUF coaches might be a big possiblity? and think that would be an epic season? :)


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