UFC 136 Fighter Salaries


The UFC’s ‘Little Engine That Could’, Frankie Edgar, did it again at UFC 136, and in shockingly knocking out Gray Maynard he also ended up on top of the night’s money list.  Edgar’s win and Knockout of the Night bonus put him comfortably into the six-digit salary range, not including whatever cut of the PPV revenue he pulls in.

Before we go any further, we should note that Texas’s 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 22 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.



Frankie Edgar: $183,000 ($54,000 to show, $54,000 win bonus, $75,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)

Joe Lauzon: $115,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 win bonus, $75,000 Submission of the Night bonus)

Leonard Garcia: $93,000 ($18,000 to show, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Nam Phan: $91,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $75,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Demian Maia: $86,000 ($43,000 to show, $43,000 win bonus)

Chael Sonnen: $70,000 ($35,000 to show, $35,000 win bonus)

Kenny Florian: $65,000

Jose Aldo:
$52,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 win bonus)

Jorge Santiago: $36,000

Aaron Simpson: $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 win bonus)

Melvin Guillard:

Gray Maynard:

Brian Stann:

Darren Elkins: $22,000 ($11,000 to show, $11,000 win bonus)

Anthony Pettis:
$20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)

Jeremy Stephens: $24,000

Mike Massenzio: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Eric Schafer: $13,000

Stipe Miocic:
$12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)

Joey Beltran: $12,000

Steve Cantwell: $10,000

Zhang Tie Quan:



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