UFC Fight Night 82 salary report: Highest paid fighter on card goes home with $125,000

By Russell Ess - February 8, 2016

UFC Fight Night 82 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday and presented an exciting night of fights.

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The UFC welterweight division was put on watch after Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson dismanlted former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in the very first round.

However, Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Joseph Benavidez went home with the biggest contracted paychecks with Nelson earning $125,000 for defeating Jared Rosholt. Benavidez took home $118,000 in his winning performance over Zach Makovsky.

The total disclosed payroll for UFC Fight Night 82 was $1,054,000.

The full list (via MMA Junkie) of UFC Fight Night 82 payouts included:

Stephen Thompson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $100,000

Roy Nelson: $125,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Jared Rosholt: $33,000

Ovince Saint Preux: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Cavalcante: $42,000

Joseph Benavidez: $118,000 (includes $59,000 win bonus)
def. Zach Makovsky: $19,000

Misha Cirkunov: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Nicholson: $10,000

Mike Pyle: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus)
def. Sean Spencer: $17,000

Josh Burkman: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. K.J. Noons : $34,000

Derrick Lewis: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Damian Grabowski: $17,000

Justin Scoggins: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Ray Borg: $18,000

Diego Rivas: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Noad Lahat: $17,000

Mickey Gall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Jackson: $10,000

Alex White: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Artem Lobov: $13,000

These figures do not include deductions for items such as licenses, insurance, and taxes. In addition, the figures do not include sponsor pay, such as the official UFC-Reebok sponsorship program. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays to their fighters.

Stephen Thompson and Diego Rivas took an additional $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus home while Mike Pyle and Sean Spencer each took home a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus.

Are there any fighter’s paychecks that you are surprised by? Share your thoughts on the salaries from UFC Fight Night 82 in the comments.


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