UFC 135 Fighter Salaries


(“I make big money, I drive big cars.  Everybody know me, it’s like I’m a movie star”)

It might not be the Hollywood money he is used to, by Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson still had a pretty good payday for getting beat up at UFC 135.  His $325,000 payday (not including sponsor money and his cut of the PPV revenue) was tops for the event.

Before we go any further, we should note that the Colorado 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 or for Koscheck, Hunt and Te Huna since it’s been a long while since we’ve seen official reported purse info for those three).  These numbers obviously also don’t include any PPV revenue, undisclosed bonuses and/or sponsorship money any of these fighters may have made.


Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson: $325,000 ($250,000 to show, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Jon Jones: $275,000 ($200,000 to show, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Josh Koshcheck:
$209,000 ($67,000 to show, $67,000 win bonus, $75,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)

Nate Diaz:
$141,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 win bonus, $75,000 Submission of the Night bonus)

Matt Hughes:

Ben Rothwell: $52,000

Takanori Gomi:

Tim Boetsch: $46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 win bonus)

Tony Ferguson: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)

Takeya Mizugaki: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus)

Travis Browne: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)

Junior Assuncao: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Mark Hunt: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

James Te-Huna:
$16,000 ($8,,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Ricardo Romero: $10,000

Aaron Riley:

Nick Ring: $8,000

Rob Broughton:

Cole Escovedo:

Eddie Yagin:


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