UFC on Fox 5 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Henderson vs. Diaz" network television event this past Saturday night (Dec. 8, 2012) from the KeyArena in Seattle were released earlier today. We've got all the big disclosed paydays (via MMA Weekly).
Longtime UFC veteran and former 205-pound division champion Mauricio Rua beat out main event headliner and lightweight champion Ben Henderson with a $175,000 payday, which he earned despite his unanimous decision defeat to Alexander Gustafsson ($60,000) in their light heavyweight showdown.
"Smooth" Henderson took home $78,000 for his five round domination over Nate Diaz ($50,000) but he was only third in overall pay for the show.
That's because former multi-divisional champion "The Prodigy" BJ Penn banked $150,000 in his return from retirement, losing badly via unanimous decision to rising welterweight phenom Rory MacDonald ($42,000). Also raking in a hefty paycheck was German featherweight Dennis Siver ($62,000) who forced Nam Phan to earn every last cent of his $10,000 payday in a thorough beatdown.
But that's not all.
Here is the complete list of UFC on Fox 5 salaries and payouts:
Benson Henderson: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
Nate Diaz: $50,000
Henderson def. Diaz via unanimous decision
Alexander Gustafsson: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Mauricio Rua: $175,000
Gustafsson def. Rua via unanimous decision
Rory MacDonald: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
BJ Penn: $150,000
MacDonald def. Penn via unanimous decision
Matt Brown: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
Mike Swick: $48,000
Brown def. Swick via knockout
Dennis Siver: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
Nam Phan: $10,000
Siver def. Phan via unanimous decision
The total disclosed payroll for UFC on Fox 5: "Henderson vs. Diaz" was $960,000.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments such as PPV bonuses, among others. 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 on Fox 5 click here.
For complete UFC on Fox 5 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.