Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is cutting checks in the wake of last weekend's (Sat., June 14, 2014) UFC Fight Night 42 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which took place inside Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico (full results here).
And Ross Pearson wasn't the only one who got robbed.
UFC had to cough up an extra $70,000 for Diego Sanchez's "win" over "Real Deal" thanks to some wacky scoring by the cageside judges (more on that here). It also gave Pearson a $30,000 post-fight bonus for getting screwed on fight night (details).
That's not all.
Here are the full UFC Fight Night 42 payouts and salaries from the New Mexico State Athletic Commission (via Sherdog.com):
Benson Henderson: $90,000 ($45,000 to show, $45,000 to win)
Rustam Khabilov: $17,000
Henderson def. Khabilov via submission (rear-naked choke)
Diego Sanchez: $140,000 ($70,000 to show, $70,000 to win)
Ross Pearson: $30,000
Sanchez def. Pearson via split decision
John Dodson: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
John Moraga: $19,000
Dodson def. Moraga via technical knockout (injury)
Rafael dos Anjos: $64,000 ($32,000 to show, $32,000 to win)
Jason High: $19,000
Dos Anjos def. High via technical knockout (punches)
Piotr Hallmann: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Yves Edwards: $24,000
Hallmann def. Edwards via submission (rear-naked choke)
Bryan Caraway: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Erik Perez: $21,000
Caraway def. Perez via submission (rear-naked choke)
Sergio Pettis: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Yaotzin Meza: $14,000
Pettis def. Meza via unanimous decision
Lance Benoist: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Bobby Voelker: $12,000
Benoist def. Voelker via unanimous decision
Scott Jorgensen: $52,000 ($26,000 to show, $26,000 to win)
Danny Martinez: $8,000
Jorgensen def. Martinez via unanimous decision
Jon Tuck: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Jake Lindsey: $8,000
Tuck def. Lindsey via technical knockout (strikes)
Patrick Cummins: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Roger Narvaez: $8,000
Cummins def. Narvaez via technical knockout (punches)
The total disclosed payroll for UFC Fight Night 42 was $678,000.
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments (like Pearson's). It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc.
For example, the promotion often hands out extra cash for "Fight of the Night" and "Performance of the Night" bonuses. To check out these figures for "Henderson vs. Khabilov" click here.
For complete UFC Fight Night 42 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.