All the salary information from the UFC: Vera vs. Jones fights have been released and there’s definitely a few surprises!
For a start, the biggest salaries of the night didn’t go to the headline fighters of Vera or Jones – or even Junior Dos Santos or Gonzaga for that matter – but to the other big heavyweight fighter of the night, Cheick Kongo.
The popular kickboxer (who suffered an embarrassing submission defeat to Frank Mir after just 72 seconds at UFC 107) managed to take home a $55k win bonus on the night by defeating Paul Buentello through submission due to strikes.
Kongo raked in a total of $110,000 for the win while headline fight winner Jones went home with a relatively smaller $40,000 purse. However, after the performance he gave on the night that resulted in Vera’s face being broken in three places, there is little doubt that Jones’ popularity has risen and he’ll be commanding a higher purse for subsequent fights.
Also interesting is that the fight card earned a gate attendance of $568,125 for the night while total fighter salaries substantially outweighed this with a total payday of $713,000. Considering it wasn’t a pay-per-view event, it just goes to show how much money there is in the UFC at the moment from sponsorship and licensing.
Here’s the full salary breakdown UFC: Vera vs. Jones –
- Jon Jones: $40,000 ($20,000 + $20,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Vera: $60,000
- Junior dos Santos: $70,000 ($35,000 + $35,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Gonzaga: $67,000
- Cheick Kongo: $110,000 ($55,000 + $55,000 win bonus) def. Paul Buentello: $40,000
- Alessio Sakara: $42,000 ($21,000 + $21,000 win bonus) def. James Irvin: $20,000
- Clay Guida: $50,000 ($25,000 + $25,000 win bonus) def. Shanon Gugerty: $9,000
- Vladimir Matyushenko: $56,000 ($28,000 + $28,000 win bonus) def. Eliott Marshall: $10,000
- Darren Elkins: $12,000 ($6,000 + $6,000 win bonus) def. Duane Ludwig: $12,000
- John Howard: $26,000 ($13,000 + $13,000 win bonus) def. Daniel Roberts: $6,000
- Brendan Schaub: $20,000 ($10,000 + $10,000 win bonus) def. Chase Gormley: $10,000
- Mike Pierce: $16,000 ($8,000 + $8,000 win bonus) def. John Paulino: $8000
- Jason Brilz: $18,000 ($9,000 + $9,000 win bonus) def. Eric Schafer: $13,000
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