The official fighter purses for those who competed at UFC 108: "Evans vs. Silva" this past Saturday night (Jan. 2) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
As expected, main event participant and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions Rashad Evans was the big earner of the night. "Suga" came away with a sweet $375,000 for his unanimous decision win over Thiago Silva, who banked a respectable $55,000 in defeat.
Rising heavyweight star Junior dos Santos also had a big night, pulling in $60,000 for his crushing win over the hard-hitting Gilbert Yvel ($30,000). Not far behind him was the power-punching Paul Daley ($34,200), who knocked down both Dustin Hazelett ($19,800) and his fight purse after failing to make weight for their co-main event..
Here is the complete list of UFC 108 payouts:
Rashad Evans -- $375,000 ($200,000 to show, $175,000 to win)
Thiago Silva -- $55,000
Evans defeated Silva via unanimous decision
Paul Daley -- $34,200 ($16,200 to show -- fined 10-percent for missing weight, $18,000 to win)
Dustin Hazelett -- $19,800 (awarded 10-percent of Daley's purse after "Semtex" missed weight)
Daley defeated Hazelett via KO (punches) in round one
Sam Stout -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Joe Lauzon -- $12,000
Stout defeated Lauzon via unanimous decision
Jim Miller -- $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Duane Ludwig -- $12,000
Miller defeated Ludwig via submission (armbar) in round one
Junior dos Santos -- $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Gilbert Yvel -- $30,000
Dos Santos defeated Yvel via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Martin Kampmann -- $46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)
Jacob Volkmann -- $6,000
Kampmann defeated Volkmann via submission (guillotine choke) in round one
Cole Miller -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Dan Lauzon -- $15,000
Miller defeated Lauzon via submission (kimura) in round one
Mark Munoz -- $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Ryan Jensen -- $6,000
Munoz defeated Jensen via submission (punches) in round one
Jake Ellenberger -- $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Mike Pyle -- $17,000
Ellenberger defeated Pyle via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Rafaello Oliveira -- $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
John Gunderson -- $5,000
Oliveira defeated Gunderson 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 108 go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the pay-per-view (PPV) event, which attracted an official crowd of 13,255 attendees and a live gate of approximately $2 million, was $843,000.