UFC 78: Fighter paydays and salaries for'Validation'


We're not going to get to see them, according to Nicholas Lembo, Counsel for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB).

Other states such as Nevada, California and Ohio, among others, often publish the fighter purses as a matter of public record following mixed martial arts (MMA) events. The NJSACB, however, cites confidentially concerns as the reason it has never released numbers nor will it for UFC 78: "Validation" this past weekend.

Remember that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, too, would not release the fighter payouts after UFC 69: "Shootout" in Houston on April 7, 2006.

However, during the post-fight press conference UFC President Dana White did announce individual bonuses for select bouts on the nine-fight card.

Here are the awards:

Fight of the Night: Thiago Alves vs. Chris Lytle ($55,000 each)
Knockout of the Night: Ed Herman ($55,000)
Submission of the Night: Akihiro Gono ($55,000)

Of course, these individual bonuses are in addition to the base salaries agreed upon in the fighters' contracts (The same base salaries the NJSACB will not release).

UFC 78: "Validation" took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N..J., on Saturday, November 17. For blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of the main card action click here. For a recap of the pay-per-view (PPV) event peep this.

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