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UFC Live: Cruz vs Johnson Fighter Salaries

Bigger is better.  At least it was last Saturday at UFC Live: Cruz vs Johnson, where the tallest man in UFC history, Stefan Struve, went home with the fattest pockets.

Before we go any further, we should note that the D.C. Athletic Commission doesn’t release fighter pay info, so none of the following salary data for the event is official.  However, you can get a fairly accurate picture of a fighter’s pay based on official purse info released from past fights.  So, based on that info, here is the estimated pay breakdown for the 20 fighters that traded blows at the event (but please remember – this is only an estimate, not official info, especially for any fighters that made their UFC debuts at the event).  These numbers obviously also don’t include any PPV revenue, undisclosed bonuses and/or sponsorship money any of these fighters may have made.

 

Anthony Johnson: $111,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 win bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)

Stefan Struve:
$107,000 ($21,000 to show, $21,000 win bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)

Matt Wiman: $101,000 ($18,000 to show, $18,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Mac Danzig: $89,000 ($24,000 to show, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Dominick Cruz: $70,000 ($35,000 to show, $35,000 win bonus)

Josh Neer: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 win bonus)

Yves Edwards: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus)

Shane Roller: $21,000

Demetrious Johnson: $20,000

Paul Sass: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)

Pat Barry: $11,000

Rafaello Oliveira: $10,000

Michael Johnson: $10,000

TJ Grant: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 win bonus)

Mike Easton: $8,800 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 win bonus, $800 Bloodworth fine)

Charlie Brenneman: $8,000

Walel Watson: $8,000 ($4,000 to show, $4,000 win bonus)

Keith Wisniewski: $4,000

Joseph Sandoval: $4,000

Byron Bloodworth: $3,200 (Bloodworth fined 20% of his show money for coming in overweight)