Last weekend, the UFC returned to our screens with the action-packed UFC Norfolk card.
In the main event of this thrilling card, dangerous lightweight contender Dustin Poirier took out a former champion in Anthony Pettis, scoring a bizarre stoppage with a body triangle mid way through a bloody third round. In the co-main event, meanwhile, we saw the maybe retiring Matt Brown author one of the most violent knockouts ever, putting down the veteran Diego Sanchez with a hellacious first-round elbow.
Other highlights of the card included decision wins from Andrei Arlovski and Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira, who defeated Junior Albini and Nate Marquardt respectively, and Raphael Assuncao and Clay Guida, who stopped Matthew Lopez and Joe Lauzon respectively. The undercard, finally, saw fighters like Marlon Moraes, Tatiana Suarez, Sage Northcutt, and Nina Ansaroff pick up big wins.
Now a few days removed from this thrilling event, fighters salaries have been revealed. The biggest earners were Andrei Arlovski and Matt Brown, while Marlon Moraes, Dustin Poirier, Anthony Pettis and Sage Northcutt pocketed the next biggest checks.
Here’s a full rundown of the UFC Norfolk salaries (via MMAFighting.com):
Main card (FOX Sports 1)
Dustin Poirier ($65,000 + $65,000 = $130,000) def. Anthony Pettis ($135,000)
Matt Brown ($75,000 + $75,000 = $150,000) def. Diego Sanchez ($95,000)
Andrei Arlovski ($250,000 + no win bonus = $250,000) def. Junior Albini ($12,000)
Cezar Ferreira ($39,000 + $39,000 = $78,000) def. Nate Marquardt ($68,000)
Raphael Assuncao ($56,600 + $56,600 = $113,200) def. Matthew Lopez ($26,400)
Clay Guida ($57,000 + $57,000 = $114,000) def. Joe Lauzon ($62,000)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1)
Marlon Moraes ($70,000 + $70,000 = $140,000) def. John Dodson ($41,000)
Tatiana Suarez ($25,000 + $25,000 = $50,000) def. Viviane Pereira ($14,000)
Sage Northcutt ($60,000 + $60,000 = $120,000) def. Michel Quinones ($10,000)
Nina Ansaroff ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Angela Hill ($21,000)
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Sean Strickland ($32,000 + $32,000 = $64,000) def. Court McGee ($35,000)
Jake Collier ($18,000 + $18,000 = $36,000) def. Marcel Fortuna ($14,000)
Karl Roberson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Darren Stewart ($10,000)
What do you think of the salaries for UFC Norfolk? Do you think any fighters should have been paid more? Join the conversation in the comments section!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 15/11/2017.