UFC Fight Night Payouts: Leben Earns $60,000

By Loretta Hunt Jan 12, 2010
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UFC veteran Chris Leben was the biggest bread-earner at Monday’s UFC Fight Night 20 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., despite his assignment to the event’s undercard. “The Ultimate Fighter” alumnus banked $60,000 for his unanimous decision win against Jay Silva, a fight that didn’t make the live broadcast on Spike TV.

Thanks to the UFC’s popular performance bonuses, a few other fighters’ pockets weren’t left much lighter than Leben’s.

Evan Dunham scored $48,000 for his third-round submission over TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero (who made $15,000), which included a $30,000 bonus for the finish. Aaron Simpson ($52,000) and Tom Lawlor ($40,000) shared in “Fight of the Night” honors for a spirited back-and-forth tilt that saw Simpson’s comeback in the later rounds. They were both rewarded with $30,000 pay boosts as well.

In the main event, Xtreme Couture product Gray Maynard took home $40,000 for his split decision nod over Nate Diaz, who earned $48,000. Though Maynard avenged a mid 2007 loss to Diaz that took place on “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” the accomplished 30-year-old wrestler did little to bolster claim to a shot at champion B.J. Penn’s lightweight title.

UFC Fight Night 20 Payouts

Gray Maynard -- $40,000 (including $20,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz -- $48,000

Evan Dunham -- $48,000 (including $9,000 win bonus, $30,000 submission bonus) def. Efrain Escudero -- $15,000

Aaron Simpson -- $52,000 (including $11,000 win bonus, $30,000 FOTN bonus) def. Tom Lawlor -- $40,000 (including $30,000 FOTN bonus)

Amir Sadollah -- $30,000 (including $15,000 win bonus) def. Brad Blackburn -- $13,000

Chris Leben -- $60,000 (including $30,000 win bonus) def. Jay Silva -- $6,000

Rick Story -- $10,000 (including $5,000 win bonus) def. Jesse Lennox -- $7,000

Nik Lentz -- $7,000 (no win bonus awarded for draw) vs. Thiago Tavares -- $15,000

Rafael dos Anjos -- $16,000 (including $8,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Bradley -- $8,000

Gerald Harris -- $42,000 (including $6,000 win bonus, $30,000 knockout bonus) def. John Salter -- $6,000

Nick Catone -- $14,000 (including $7,000 win bonus) def. Jesse Forbes -- $6,000

Note: These numbers, released to Sherdog.com by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, are disclosed pay only. They do not include additional bonuses or percentages of other revenue.
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