UFC Fight Night 26 served as the lead-in show for the first ever day of broadcasting for Fox Sports 1, and it featured some of the sport's biggest stars, including former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Chael Sonnen and Alistair Overeem on the main card.
Sonnen defeated Rua in the first round of the main event when he locked on a guillotine submission to put the Brazilian away. It marked the first time Sonnen had picked up a win over a UFC champion in his career.
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Athletic Commission via the Department of Public Safety released the salaries for the UFC Fight Night 26 card that took place in Boston Aug. 17.
The salary list was led by former K-1 Grand Prix and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Overeem, who took home $285,714.29 for his fight against Travis Browne. Overeem lost that night by knockout but still ended up with the biggest payday on the card.
Ironically enough, Rua was the other fighter who led the salaries list for the UFC Fight Night 26 card, pulling in $175,000 in his losing effort to Sonnen.
Here is the full list of fighter salaries from UFC Fight Night 26, including show and win bonuses (please note salary figures are the contracted amount given by the promotion to the athletic commission and do not disclose any discretionary or publicized bonuses such as Fight of the Night, etc).
UFC Fight Night 26 Salaries:
—Sonnen: $100,000 (no win bonus) def. Rua: $175,000
—Browne: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Overeem: $285,714.29
—Urijah Faber: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Iuri Alcantara: $16,000
—Matt Brown: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pyle: $45,000
—John Howard: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Uriah Hall: $10,000
—Michael Johnson: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Joe Lauzon: $27,000
—Michael McDonald: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Brad Pickett: $23,000
—Conor McGregor: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Max Holloway: $14,000
—Steven Siler: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Mike Brown: $30,000
—Diego Brandao: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Daniel Pineda: $15,000
—Manny Gamburyan: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Cole Miller: $26,000
—Ovince St. Preux: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Cody Donovan: $8,000
—James Vick: $16,000 (include $8,000 win bonus) def. Ramsey Nijem: $14,00