Mauricio "Shogun" Rua talks to UFC President Dana White (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) cut quite a few big checks this week following its UFC on Fox 4: "Shogun vs. Vera" broadcast last Saturday night (Aug. 4, 2012) from the Staple Center in Los Angeles, Calif., according to the latest salary figures released by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
And it's good to be a Brazilian.
Former light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua led the payday way with $240,000 following a gritty fourth round technical knockout of Brandon Vera. "The Truth," meanwhile, took home $70,000 in defeat. Coming in second was fellow former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who banked $200,000 just to show up. He ended up knocking out Ryan Bader anyways despite the incentive, as well as received the next 205-pound title shot thanks to his ninja-like performance.
It's not quite Anderson Silva money, but it's a pretty penny nonetheless.
Check out the complete list of UFC on Fox 4 payouts and salaries after the jump:
Mauricio Rua: $240,000 ($170,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Brandon Vera: $70,000
Rua def. Vera via knockout
Lyoto Machida: $200,000 ($200,000 to show, no win bonus)
Ryan bader: $47,000
Machida def. Bader via knockout
Mike Swick: $86,000 ($43,000 to show, $43,000 to win)
DeMarques Johnson: $18,000
Swick def. Johnson via knockout
Phil De Fries: $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Oli Thompson: $11,000
De Fries def. Thompson via submission
The total disclosed payroll for UFC on Fox 4 was $948,000.
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 4 click here.
For complete UFC on Fox 4 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.