UFC 156 Fight Salaries: Rashad Evans Tops Payroll in Defeat, Followed by Overeem and Aldo

February 4, 2013
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Rashad Evans vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the UFC 156 weigh-insThe UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar fighter salaries were released to MMAWeekly.com on Monday by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Jose Aldo successfully defended his UFC featherweight title in the main event on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, but it was Rashad Evans, in a losing effort, that topped the payroll, followed closely by Alistair Overeem.

The following figures are based on the fighter salary information that promoters are required by law to submit to the state athletic commissions, including the winners’ bonuses.

Although mixed martial arts fighters do not have collective bargaining or a union, the fighters’ salaries are still public record, just as with every other major sport in the United States. Any undisclosed bonuses that a promoter also pays its fighters, but does not disclose to the athletic commissions (specifically, pay-per-view bonuses, fight of the night bonuses, etc.), are not included in the figures below.

UFC 156 Fighter Salaries

Jose Aldo: $240,000 (includes $120,000 win bonus)
def. Frankie Edgar: $120,000

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $174,000 (includes $67,000 win bonus)
def. Rashad Evans: $300,000

Antonio Silva: $70,000 (no win bonus)
def. Alistair Overeem: $285,714.29

Demian Maia: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Jon Fitch: $66,000

Joseph Benavidez: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Ian McCall: $9,000

Evan Dunham: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Gleison Tibau: $33,000

Tyron Woodley: $87,000 (includes $43,500 win bonus)
def. Jay Hieron: $12,000

Bobby Green: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Jacob Volkmann: $22,000

Isaac Vallie-Flagg: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Yves Edwards: $21,000

Dustin Kimura: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Chico Camus: $8,000

Francisco Rivera: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Edwin Figueroa: $10,000

UFC 156 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $1,755,714.29

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  • Christina

    This pay structure is completely whack.

    • GoNoles

      hah yea jay hieron making 12 grand

  • MMAGold

    Ian McCall 9k. WTF! Main card. Poor guy–that’s not right, like him or not

    • justin_e

      That is beyond insulting. The guy is amazing, and entertaining. He is probably number 4 in the world. How the such and such does overeem (proven cheater) get paid 30 times what uncle creepy gets. Just disgraceful. At least aldo is starting to get paid…for a lighter guy.

    • kbroesq

      Yeah, on the high end, I stick up for the UFC, and I think what they pay is plenty, but it’s an insult that McCall is getting only as much as rookies. He just fought for a title, and had a draw with the current champ. Why is Woodley making almost 100k and McCall gets 9k. I just can’t believe that.

  • ComeONson

    Rashad Evans needs to add more to his game to stay in the upper echelon of fighters. Payday was good, but I don’t see him making much of an impact in the light heavy weight division. All the fighters know his playbook. Avoid the his take down and over hand right.

  • MuayThaiFood

    Bigfoot got screwed….no win bonus. Evans is way overpaid for his flat performance.

    • Mark McDowall

      The win bonus is a negotiated part of their contract. Some fighters want a flat rate per fight win lose or draw. It’s their choice when they negotiate…they don’t get chosen for a win bonus.

    • He got the ko of the night bonus though…

  • Adam Bruss

    Seriously Jar Hieron still sticks his head out like he did in his fight against GSP back in the day.

  • Adam D

    What’s with the $714.29 part of overeems pay? Kinda random

    • Rence154

      I found that amusing myself TBH lol

  • Derelicte

    these fighters need a union b/c they are getting robbed