The UFC 104 salaries have been announced, and there’s a surprise near the top of the rankings. Under-card fighter Pat Barry (fighter in black shorts in the image to the right) took home the most of anyone outside of the controversial Shogun vs. Lyoto fight, the main event.
Barry banked a cool $134,000 for his night, a KO win over Antoni Hardonk, supplementing his meager $14,000 salary (counting his $7,000 win-bonus). He earned $60,000 in bonuses for both Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night.
The Fight of the Night bonus in particular surprised many, considering the back-and-forth action, star power and tension of the main event.
Machida took home the most cash on the night, notching $200,000 (despite no win-bonus). Shogun got a solid $155,000 check despite going home empty-handed in the win department due to what many feel was a questionable decision on the judges’ scorecards.
Fourth place overall went to Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, the former Ultimate Fighter winner who still has a fairly large fan base. Stevenson took out Spencer Fisher with ease and banked $94,000, including a $47,000 win-bonus on the night.
Cain Velasquez received $70,000 (with $35,000 win-bonus) and Ben Rothwell took home $50,000 for co-headlining UFC 104.
Other salaries for UFC 104 are listed as follows. Razak Al-Hassan banked the event’s lowest figure at $3,000 for his loss to Kyle Kingsbury.
-Gleison Tibau: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win-bonus), beating Josh Neer: $14,000
-Spencer Fisher: $26,000 for loss to Stevenson.
-Anthony Johnson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win-bonus) for beating Yoshiyuki Yoshida: $12,000. Johnson forfeited 20 percent of his $15,000 show money for being six pounds overweight in the 170-pound welterweight division.
-Ryan Bader: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win-bonus) for beating Eric Schafer: $13,000.
-Antoni Hardonk: $76,000 (includes $60,000 Fight of the Night bonus).
-Chael Sonnen: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win-bonus) for beating Yushin Okami: $18,000
-Jorge Rivera: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win-bonus) for beating Rob Kimmons $9,000:
-Kyle Kingsbury $16,000 (includes $8,000 win-bonus).
-Stefan Struve $74,000 (includes $7,000 win-bonus and $60,000 Submission of the Night bonus) for beating Chase Gormley: $10,000.