Former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson now makes less than half the money he did when he was champion.
The fight purses for UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs Khalibov shows that 'The Ultimate Fighter 1' winner Diego Sanchez was the highest earner, picking up a cool $140,000 overall. Henderson was second on the list making $90,000, whereas when he was champion he made $200,000 a fight.
British fighter Ross Pearson was given his win bonus by the UFC. 'The Real Deal' was the subject of a very controversial split-decision loss to Sanchez. Despite clearly winning all three rounds, the judges gave it to his opponent, with many dubbing the fight the worst victory in MMA history. Clearly, UFC President Dana White agreed, and granted the Sunderland native his win bonus.
Salaries are stated below, however do not include any sponsorship money or viewing bonuses;
Benson Henderson: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
Rustam Khabilov: $17,000
Diego Sanchez: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
Ross Pearson: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)*
John Dodson: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
John Morage: $19,000
Rafael Dos Anjos: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
Jason High: $19,000
Pitor Hallman: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Yves Edwards: $24,000
Bryan Carraway: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Erik Perez: $21,000
Sergio Pettis: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Yaotzin Meta: $14,000
Lance Benoist: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Bobby Voelker: $12,000
Scott Jorgensen $52,000 (includes $26,000 win bonus)
Danny Martinez: $8,000
Jon Tuck: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Jake Lindsey: $8,000
Patrick Cummins: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Roger Narvaez: $8,000
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