Romero patiently worked out Machida’s timing on Saturday night, eventually taking him down in the third round, where he finished the fight with several heavy elbows.
The victory was the biggest of Romero’s blossoming career, and netted him $66,000 on the official payroll filed with the Florida State Boxing Commission. Machida, however, topped the list, earning $200,000.
UFC Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero took place on Saturday, June 27, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
UFC Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero Fighter Salaries
Yoel Romero: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Lyoto Machida: $200,000
Lorenz Larkin: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
def. Santiago Ponzinibbio: $10,000
Antonio Carlos Junior: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Eddie Gordon: $15,000
Thiago Santos: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Steve Bosse: $10,000
Hacran Dias: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Levan Makashvili: $12,000
Alex Oliveira: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Merritt: $10,000
Leandro Silva: $28,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus and 20-percent fine)
def. Lewis Gonzalez: $8,000†
Tony Sims: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Steve Montgomery: $10,000
Sirwan Kakai: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Martinez: $10,000
†Lewis Gonzalez failed to make weight and was fined $2,000 (20-percent of his show money)
UFC Fight Night 70 Disclosed Fighter Payroll: $601,000