The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission has released the salary information for last weekend’s UFC 118 event from the TD Garden in Boston, MA and while he may not have performed very well inside the cage, former boxing champion James Toney’s wallet was definitely happy. “Lights Out” led all fighters with a $500,000 payday for his first-round submission loss to UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture. Couture took home half of Toney’s salary and pocketed $250,000 for what is likely one of the highest profile wins of his career.
Next up on the salary parade was former UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn, who was paid a $150,000 base salary for his unanimous decision thumping at the hands of current champ Frank Edgar, who scored a $96,000 payday for his efforts. From there, the salaries begin to dip with Demian Maia ($68,000), Kenny Florian ($65,000) and Nate Diaz ($60,000) being the only other fighters who were able to crack the $50,000 mark.
Here is the full list of salaries from last Saturday’s event;
Frankie Edgar: $96,000 ($48,000 + $48,000 win bonus) def. B.J. Penn: $150,000
Randy Couture: $250,000 def. James Toney: $500,000
Demian Maia: $68,000 ($34,000 + $34,000 win bonus) def. Mario Miranda: $8,000
Gray Maynard: $46,000 ($23,000 + $23,000 win bonus) def. Kenny Florian: $65,000
Nate Diaz: $60,000 ($30,000 + $30,000 win bonus) def. Marcus Davis: $31,000
Joe Lauzon: $24,000 ($12,000 + $12,000 win bonus) def. Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
Nik Lentz: $22,000 ($11,000 + $11,000 win bonus) def. Andre Winner: $10,000
Dan Miller: $30,000 ($15,000 + $15,000 win bonus) def. John Salter: $8,000
Greg Soto: $12,000 ($6,000 + $6,000 win bonus) def. Nick Osipczak: $10,000
Mike Pierce: $24,000 ($12,000 + $12,000 win bonus) def. Amilcar Alves: $6,000
These figures do not include any other sponsorship money or other income gained by the fighters and only covers their base salary for the event. They also do not include any of the bonuses issued by the promotion after the event for Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1.428 million, with the show drawing a crowd of 14,168 fans for a live gate of nearly $2.8 million.