Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be cutting a few checks this week following its UFC on FUEL TV 3: "Koran Zombie vs. Poirier" broadcast last Tuesday night (May 15, 2012) from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, and figures released from the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation in Virginia tell us who's getting what.
Donald Cerrone leads the payday way with $60,000 following a lopsided unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens. "Lil' Heathen" takes home $24,000 in defeat. Coming in second was former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 champion Amir Sadollah, who banked $48,000 for squeaking past Jorge Lopez ($6,000) via split decision.
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 the "Korean Zombie vs. Poirier" event click here.
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