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Cain Velasquez tops list of UFC 160 salaries

Cain Velasquez tops list of UFC 160 salaries

This past Saturday night was definitely a good one in the life of UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez. Not only did Velasquez make his first successful defense of the divisional belt, stopping opponent Antonio Silva in the opening round of their bout, but the 30-year old also landed an event-high $400,000 for his efforts at UFC 160.

Velasquez’s pay was provided in a list by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

The 12-1 title-holder was not the only fighter to crack the six-figure mark with fellow heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt also raking in the dough. Dos Santos received $240,000 for his win over Hunt, while the “Super Samoan” scored $160,000 in defeat.

Read below for a full breakdown of UFC 160 salaries (including performance-based bonuses):

Estevan Payan – $10,000
Jeremy Stephens – $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Brian Bowles – $19,000
George Roop – $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
Nah-Shon Burrell – $9,000
Stephen Thompson – $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Abel Trujillo – $8,000
Khabib Nurmagomedov – $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Colton Smith – $15,000
Robert Whittaker – $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Max Holloway – $14,000
Dennis Bermudez – $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Rick Story – $27,000
Mike Pyle – $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
K.J. Noons – $41,000
Donald Cerrone – $82,000 (includes $41,000 win bonus)
Gray Maynard – $45,000
T.J. Grant – $100,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
James Te Huna – $30,000
Glover Teixeira – $98,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus, $50,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
Mark Hunt – $210,000 (includes $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Junior dos Santos – $290,000 (includes $120,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Antonio Silva – $75,000
Cain Velasquez – $400,000

  • MCM says:

    so Mark Hunt makes $160k a fight and JDS (former HW champ and current #1 contender) only makes $120k a fight? And UFC newcomer KJ Noons makes the same as perennial top 10er Donald Cerrone?

    These payday announcements always bring up more questions than answers.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Maybe hunt has a smaller win bonus, or no win bonus? Plus there’s ppv percentages that don’t get figured in, locker room bonuses that are pure cash and under the table, and other incentives

  • Screenplaya says:

    I think the win bonus should be the same for all fighters except champs. Champs, like Cain, should get the big guarantees and no bonus, as they clearly need no extra incentive. Look at the recent Mir/Cormier fight. I think Frank Mir gets big guarantees with little to no bonus, and I think he fights like it. Did he fight Cormier like he needed to win? Or did he fight like a guy who had a 200 grand guarantee?

    I also find it interesting that the list made no mention of the money docked from Nurmagomedov’s pay, and the amount added to Trujillo’s pay because the former didn’t make weight. Since those fines are levied by (and partially paid back to) the Athletic Commission, I would think they would be shown here.

  • MCM says:

    I know all the little kickbacks and extras that aren’t reported. I just find it interesting that what does get reported is so obscure and seemingly devoid of logic that were I someone in a position to care, ie the IRS, I would be auditing fighters and especially the UFC regularly. Where as if the pay scale were a little more conventional, it wouldn’t throw up such red flags.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Well look at Nate Diaz/Koscheck, both of them get paid 15k show pay, and win bonus isn’t all that high, and yet they have huge houses and ton’s of goodies that there’s no way 15k is paying for that.

  • MCM says:

    Exactly my point Alpha. What do you think would happen if you claimed $250k on your taxes and your boss went around telling the world that he only paid you $30k? I know Dana says he does it to keep shady folks from leaching on to fighters, but ask Wesley Snipes what happens to your career when Uncle Sam decides to closely at folks paychecks.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Wesley snipes is a bad example he didn’t pay his taxes over principle not because he was trying to get away from paying more taxes


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