Despite being beaten by the man pictured above (no, not Jon Anik – the other guy), Diego Sanchez still came out the financial winner at last week’s UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs Ellenberger fight card. Sanchez was the only pugilist to go home with a six-figure check.
Update: it appears now that Ellenberger actually did out-earn Sanchez at this event.
Before we go any further, we should note that Nebraska Athletic Commission didn’t release this 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 18 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.
Jake Ellenberger: $106,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Diego Sanchez: $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Ivan Menjivar: $76,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 win bonus, $50,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
Stipe Miocic: $66,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Stefan Struve: $58,000 ($29,000 to show, $29,000 win bonus)
Jonathan Brookins: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 win bonus)
Aaron Simpson: $23,000
Dave Herman: $21,000
T.J. Dillashaw: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 win bonus)
Ronny Markes: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
Justin Salas: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 win bonus)
Philip De Fries: $16,000
Tim Means: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 win bonus)
John Albert: $8,000
Walel Watson: $6,000
Vagner Rocha: $6,000
Anton Kuivanen: $6,000
Bernardo Malgalhaes: $6,000