Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is cutting a few checks this week following the action at UFC Fight Night 35, which took place on Wednesday night (Jan. 15, 2014) via FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia (recap).
But none bigger than the one for Luke Rockhold.
The former Strikeforce middleweight champion banked $80,000 for his first-round knockout win in the event headliner (highlights), while sending opponent Costas Philippou home with just $23,000 in defeat. Coming in second place in the big bucks department was Cole Miller.
"Magrinho" made a cool $56,000 for strangling Sam Sicilia (watch it), who secured $10,000 in defeat.
Below are the complete payouts and salaries for all 24 fighters competing in "The Peach State," courtesy of the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission (via MMA Junkie).
Have a look.
Luke Rockhold: $80,000 ($40,000 to show, $40,000 to win)
Constantinos Philippou: $23,000
Rockhold def. Philippou via knockout
Brad Tavares: $32,000 ($16,000 to show, $16,000 to win)
Lorenz Larkin: $26,000
Tavares def. Larkin via unanimous decision
T.J. Dillashaw: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Mike Easton: $14,000
Dillashaw def. Easton via unanimous decision
Yoel Romero: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Derek Brunson: $19,000
Romero def. Brunson via technical knockout
John Moraga: $34,000 ($17,000 to show, $17,000 to win)
Dustin Ortiz: $10,000
Moraga def. Ortiz via split decision
Cole Miller: $56,000 ($28,000 to show, $28,000 to win)
Sam Sicilia: $10,000
Miller def. Sicilia via submission
Ramsey Nijem: $28,000 ($14,000 to show, $14,000 to win)
Justin Edwards: $10,000
Nijem def. Edwards via unanimous decision
Elias Silverio: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg: $12,000
Silverio def. Vallie-Flagg via unanimous decision
Trevor Smith: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Brian Houston: $8,000
Smith def. Houston via split decision
Louis Smolka: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Alptekin Ozkilic: $10,000
Smolka def. Ozkilic via unanimous decision
Vinc Pichel: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Garett Whiteley: $8,000
Pichel def. Whitely via unanimous decision
Beneil Dariush: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Charlie Brenneman: $10,000
Dariush def. Brenneman via submission
The total disclosed payroll for UFC Fight Night 35 was $530,000.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments such as fight 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 "Rockhold vs. Philippou" event click here.
For complete UFC Fight Night 35 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.