UFC Fight Night Salaries: Roy Nelson Tops Payroll; Hendricks Outearns ‘Wonderboy’

By Sherdog.com Staff Feb 8, 2016

Burgeoning welterweight star Stephen Thompson may have stolen the show at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas, but it was co-main event winner Roy Nelson who collected the evening’s biggest check.

Nelson took home a disclosed paycheck of $125,000 for his three-round decision win over fellow heavyweight Jared Rosholt ($33,000), according to figures released on Monday by the Nevada Athletic Commission. “Big Country” earned $75,000 of his pay in “show” money and an additional $50,000 as a “win” bonus.

Thompson, who punched out Johny Hendricks in the first round of their headlining duel, earned a disclosed total of $48,000 for his performance. However, former champion Hendricks more than doubled his opponent’s paycheck in defeat, walking away with $100,000 in show money.

Other high earners from the event included flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez ($118,000), welterweight veteran Mike Pyle ($106,000) and light heavyweight Ovince St. Preux ($102,000).

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 ‘Hendricks vs. Thompson’ Salaries

Stephen Thompson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Johny Hendricks: $100,000

Roy Nelson: $125,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
Jared Rosholt: $33,000

Ovince St. Preux: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
Rafael Cavalcante: $42,000

Joseph Benavidez: $118,000 (includes $59,000 win bonus)
Zach Makovsky: $19,000

Misha Cirkunov: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Alex Nicholson: $10,000

Mike Pyle: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus)
Sean Spencer: $17,000

Joshua Burkman: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
K.J. Noons: $34,000

Derrick Lewis: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
Damian Grabowski: $18,000

Justin Scoggins: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
Ray Borg: $18,000

Diego Rivas: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Noad Lahat: $17,000

Mickey Gall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Mike Jackson: $10,000

Alex White: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Artem Lobov: $13,000

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