MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) has received fighter purses for UFC 92: "The Ultimate 2008," which was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 27, from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was the big winner this New Year's Eve weekend in more ways than one, scoring a devastating knockout of nemesis Wanderlei Silva and bringing home $325,000 in base pay for less than four minute worth of work.
Tack on an additional $60,000 for "Knockout of the Night" and I'd say he fared quite well financially.
Here is the complete list of UFC 92 payouts:
Rashad Evans — $130,000 ($65,000 to show, $65,000 to win)
Forrest Griffin — $100,000
Evans defeated Griffin via technical knockout (strikes) in round three
Frank Mir -- $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win)
Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira -- $250,000
Mir defeated Nogueira via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson -- $325,000 ($225,000 to show, $100,000 to win)
Wanderlei Silva -- $200,000
Jackson defeated Silva via knockout in round one
Cheick Kongo -- $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win)
Mustafa Al-Turk -- $7,000
Kongo defeated Al-Turk via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
CB Dollaway -- $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Mike Massenzio -- $5,000
Dollaway defeated Massenzio via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Yushin Okami -- $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Dean Lister -- $19,000
Okami defeated Lister via unanimous decision
Antoni Hardonk -- $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Mike Wessel -- $4,000
Hardonk defeated Wessel via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Matt Hamill -- $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Reese Andy -- $15,000
Hamill defeated Andy via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Brad Blackburn -- $14,000 ($7,000 to show, $7,000 to win)
Ryo Chonan -- $18,000
Blackburn defeated Chonan via unanimous decision
Pat Barry -- $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)
Dan Evensen -- $4,000
Barry defeated Evensen via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
For example, the UFC often hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night," "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night." To check out these figures for UFC 92 go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) event, which attracted an unofficial near sellout crowd of 14,103 fans and a gaudy gate of $3.47 million, was a hefty $1,381,000.00. And $1,005,090 of that was all dished out to those who competed in the "big three" fights!