At UFC Fight Night 103, Yair Rodriguez ran roughshod over MMA legend B.J. Penn, but he couldn't top him at the pay window.
Following the biggest win of his young career, the 24-year-old Rodriguez took home $100,000, including a $50,000 win bonus. For his second-round knockout loss, Penn earned a disclosed $150,000 flat.
On Tuesday, the Arizona Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission, a division of the Arizona Department of Gaming, released disclosed salaries for the event, the UFC's second at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. In December 2014, Junior dos Santos topped Stipe Miocic in the UFC on Fox 13 headliner from the same venue, then known as the U.S. Airways Center.
Only one other fighter on the Phoenix card broke six figures for their disclosed purse, as longtime UFC lightweight veteran Joe Lauzon erned $58,000 to show and $58,000 to win, earning him $116,000 for his controversial, split-decision victory over Poland's Marcin Held, who made $20,000.
The total estimated salary payout for the event was $841,000.
Note: The disclosed purses reported by state athletic commissions do not include any performance-based or discretionary bonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion. Additionally, the reported figures do not reflect any deductions made by the commission for taxes, insurance, etc., and do not include any sponsorship money that a fighter may acquire for their performance.
UFC Fight Night 103 “Penn vs. Rodriguez” Salaries
Yair Rodriguez: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
B.J. Penn: $150,000
Joe Lauzon: $116,000 (includes $58,000 win bonus)
Marcin Held: $20,000
Ben Saunders: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
Court McGee: $35,000
Sergio Pettis: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
John Moraga: $28,000
Drakkar Klose: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Devin Powell: $10,000
Augusto Mendes: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Frankie Saenz: $20,000
Alexey Oleynik: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Viktor Pesta: $10,000
Tony Martin: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Alex White: $14,000
Nina Ansaroff: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: $10,000
Walt Harris: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Chase Sherman: $10,000
Joachim Christensen: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Bojan Mihajlovic: $10,000
Cyril Asker: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Dmitrii Smoliakov: $10,000