UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes earned a cool $130,000 for his brutal technical knockout of BJ Penn at UFC 63: "Hughes vs. Penn" on September 23, according to an article today from the Canadian Press.
Not a bad chunk of change for a little more than 10 minutes of work.
BJ Penn, on the other hand, took home $50,000 for his solid two-round effort (we won't count the third and decisive round).
According to figures supplied by the California State Athletic Commission, the 18 fighters on the card earned a combined $332,000.
For those of you who don't know how it works, UFC fighters are often paid "show" money and "win" money. If a fighter shows up for the fight, he is guaranteed to make a certain amount of money (let's say $5,000). If he wins the fight, he will usually double his payout ($10,000).
Talk about incentive to kick some you know what.
Here are some other notable purses:
--David "The Crow" Loiseau earned $9,000 for his loss to Mike "Quick" Swick, who earned $14,000.
--Former lightweight champion Jens "Lil Evil" Pulver banked $30,000 for his upset loss to Joe Lauzon, who made $6,000.
--Rashad Evans' victory over Jason Lambert was worth $24,000, compared to $9,000 for the loser.