The official fighter purses for those who competed at UFC 109: "Relentless" this past Saturday night (Feb. 6) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, were released earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
As expected, main event participant and UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture was the big earner of the night. "The Natural" came away with a cool $250,000 for his submission win over fellow MMA pioneer Mark "The Hammer" Coleman, who banked a respectable $60,000 in defeat.
Former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt "The Terror" Serra also had a big night, pulling in $150,000 for his crushing win over the fading Frank "Twinkle Toes" Trigg ($30,000). The next closest salaries came via winning performances from middleweights Chael Sonnen ($64,000) and Demian Maia ($62,000).
Here is the complete list of UFC 109 payouts:
Mark Coleman: $60,000
Couture defeated Coleman via submission (1:09 R2)
Chael Sonnen: $64,000 ($32,000 to show, $32,000 to win)
Nate Marquardt: $45,000
Sonnen defeated Marquardt via unanimous decision
Paulo Thiago: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
Mike Swick: $43,000
Thiago defeated Swick via submission (1:54 R2)
Demian Maia: $62,000 ($31,000 to show, $31,000 to win)
Dan Miller: $15,000
Maia defeated Miller via unanimous decision
Matt Serra: $150,000 ($75,000 to show, $75,000 to win)
Frank Trigg: $30,000
Serra defeated Trigg via TKO (2:23 R1)
Mac Danzig: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Justin Buchholz: $8,000
Danzig defeated Buchholz via unanimous decision
Melvin Guillard: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Ronys Torres: $4,000
Guillard defeated Torres via unanimous decision
Rob Emerson: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Phillipe Nover: $10,000
Emerson defeated Nover via unanimous decision
Phil Davis: $10,000 ($5,000 to show, $5,000 to win)
Brian Stann: $17,000
Davis defeated Stann via unanimous decision
Chris Tuchscherer: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Tim Hague: $7000
Tuchscherer defeated Hague via majority decision
Joey Beltran: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Rolles Gracie: $15,000
Beltran defeated Gracie via TKO (1:31 R2)
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 109 go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the pay-per-view (PPV) event, which reportedly attracted a crowd of 10,687 attendees and a live gate of approximately $2.27 million, was $944,000.