Florida State Boxing Commission today released fighter purses for UFC Fight Night 17: "Lauzon vs. Stephens," which was held at the University of South Florida (USF) Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida, on Feb. 7.
Veteran Kurt Pellegrino was the top earner of the night, pocketing a show-high $32,000 for a submission win over Rob Emerson in a 155-pound fight that didn't even make the Spike TV broadcast.
Heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez ($30,000), as well as welterweight powerhouse Anthony Johnson and lightweight prospect Gleison Tibau ($26,000 each), rounded out the top four paydays.
Here is the complete list of UFC Fight Night 17 payouts (via MMAWeekly.com):
Joe Lauzon -- $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Jeremy Stephens -- $10,000
Lauzon defeated Stephens via submission (arm bar) in round two
Cain Velasquez -- $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Denis Stojnic -- $5,000
Velasquez defeated Stojnic via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Josh Neer -- $18,000 ($9,000 to show, $9,000 to win)
Mac Danzig -- $15,000
Neer defeated Danzig via submission (triangle choke) in round two
Anthony Johnson -- $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 to win)
Luigi Fioravanti -- $13,000
Johnson defeated Fioravanti via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Kurt Pellegrino -- $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Rob Emerson -- $10,000
Pellegrino defeated Emerson via submission (rear naked choke) in round two
Dan Miller -- $18,000 ($9,000 to show, $9,000 to win)
Jake Rosholt -- $13,000
Miller defeated Rosholt via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Matt Veach $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Matt Grice -- $7,000
Veach defeated Grice via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Gleison Tibau -- $26,000 ($13,000 to show, $13,000 to win)
Rich Clementi -- $23,000
Tibau defeated Clementi via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Nick Catone -- $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Derek Downey -- $3,000
Catone defeated Downey via submission (keylock) in round two
Matt Riddle -- $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Steve Bruno -- $7,000
Riddle defeated Steve Bruno via unanimous decision
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 Fight Night 17 go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the extremely entertaining event, which attracted an unofficial crowd of 7,596 attendees for an approximate gate of $428,000, was $304,000.