UFC Fight Night Salaries: Lyoto Machida Earns Event-High $200K Paycheck

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 30, 2015
Despite losing, Lyoto Machida raked in $200,000 for his performance. | Photo: Jesse Denis/Sherdog.com

Former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida garnered the largest payday at UFC Fight Night on June 27, as he earned $200,000 in his loss to Yoel Romero in the evening’s headliner.

The Florida State Boxing Commission recently released salaries from the event. UFC Fight Night “Machida vs. Romero” took place at Seminole Hard Rock and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

Romero ($66,000) earned the signature victory of his career against “The Dragon,” as he finished Machida with a flurry of vicious elbows from top position 1:38 into the third frame of their middleweight encounter.

Strikeforce veteran Lorenz Larkin was the card’s other top earner, taking home $66,000 for his second-round technical knockout victory over Santiago Ponzinibbio ($10,000) in a welterweight affair.

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.

Yoel Romero: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
Lyoto Machida: $200,000

Lorenz Larkin: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
Santiago Ponzinibbio: $10,000

Antonio Carlos Jr.: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
Eddie Gordon: $15,000

Thiago Santos: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
Steve Bosse: $10,000

Hacran Dias: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
Levan Makashvili: $12,000

Alex Oliveira: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Joe Merritt: $10,000

Leandro Silva: $28,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
Lewis Gonzalez: $8,000

Tony Sims: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Steve Montgomery: $10,000

Sirwan Kakai: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Danny Martinez : $10,000


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