Wow – who saw that coming? Definitely not Rich Franklin, who got put to bed by Cung Le’s right hand. Le’s heavy hand not only earned him the victory – it also helped him leave Macau with the biggest paycheck.
Before we go any further, we should note that international events generally don’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 the18 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).
Cotai Strip, Macau
Cung Le: $190,000 ($150,000 to show, $40,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Takanori Gomi: $160,000 ($60,000 to show, $60,000 win bonus, $40,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Thiago Silva: $150,000 ($55,000 to show, $55,000 win bonus, $40,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
Dong Hyun Kim: $88,000 ($44,000 to show, $44,000 win bonus)
Rich Franklin: $75,000
Mac Danzig: $67,000 ($27,000 to show, $40,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Riki Fukuda: $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 win bonus)
Takeya Mizugaki: $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 win bonus)
Alex Caceres: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)
Paulo Thiago: $18,000
Jon Tuck: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)
John Lineker: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)
Stanislav Nedkov: $8,000
Zhang Tiequan: $6,000
Jeff Hougland: $6,000
Motonobu Tezuka: $6,000
Yasuhiro Urushitani: $6,000
Tom DeBlass: $6,000
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