UFC 142 Fighter Salaries

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It was good to be the hometown hero at UFC 142 – both inside the cage and out.  Not only did Brazilian fighters dominate their opponents in the Octagon at last night’s event, they also took away the most money.  Vitor Belfort leads the way, with his earnings moving him into the top 20 on our UFC Career Fighter Earnings list.
Before we go any further, we should note that Brazilian Athletic Commissions 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 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.

Vitor Belfort: $279,000 ($275,000 to show, $4,000 from Anthony Johnson’s purse)

Edson Barboza: $166,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 win bonus, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus, $65,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)

Rousimar Palhares: $79,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 win bonus, $65,000 Submission of the Night bonus)

Terry Etim: $75,000 ($10,000 to show, $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Jose Aldo: $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 win bonus)

Mike Pyle: $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 win bonus)

Thiago Tavares: $38,000 ($19,000 to show, $19,000 win bonus)

Gabriel Gonzaga: $28,000 ($28,000 to show, $14,000 win bonus)

Sam Stout: $22,000

Carlo Prater: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)

Chad Mendes: $18,000

Anthony Johnson: $16,000 (20% of this purse – $4,000 – went to Belfort for missing weight)

Erick Silva: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus paid by UFC despite losing)

Iuri Alcantara: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)

Felipe Arantes: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)

Michihiro Omigawa: $11,000

Mike Massenzio: $8,000

Ednaldo Oliveira: $6,000

Ricardo Funch: $6,000

Antonio Carvalho: $6,000


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