The official fighter purses for those who competed at the UFC 118: "Edgar vs. Penn 2" pay-per-view on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, from the TD Garden in Boston, Mass., were released earlier today and passed along by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (via Sherdog.com).
Despite getting taken out early in the first round, heavyweight boxing champion James Toney got the last laugh after collecting a hefty salary of $500,000 for his submission loss to Randy Couture, who earned a flat rate of $250,000 for the win.
In fact, out of the total $1.428 million disclosed payroll, "Lights Out" was paid more than "The Natural" and BJ Penn, two of the promotion's top stars, combined.
"The Prodigy" took home $150,000 in defeat after suffering his second straight decision loss to division champion Frankie Edgar ($96,000). The next closest purse belonged to Demian Maia, who finds himself $68,000 richer for a unanimous decision win over Mario Miranda ($8,000).
Here is the complete list of UFC 118 payouts:
Frankie Edgar: $96,000 ($48,000 to show, $48,000 to win)
B.J. Penn: $150,000
Edgar def. Penn via unanimous decision
Randy Couture: $250,000
James Toney: $500,000
Couture def. Toney via submission (arm-triangle choke)
Demian Maia: $68,000 ($34,000 to show, $34,000 win)
Mario Miranda: $8,000
Maia def. Miranda via unanimous decision
Gray Maynard: $46,000 ($23,000 to show, $23,000 to win)
Kenny Florian: $65,000
Maynard def. Florian via unanimous decision
Nate Diaz: $60,000 ($30,000 to show, $30,000 to win)
Marcus Davis: $31,000
Diaz def. Davis via submission (guillotine choke)
Joe Lauzon: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
Lauzon def. Ruediger via submission (armbar)
Nik Lentz: $22,000 ($11,000 to show, $11,000 to win)
Andre Winner: $10,000
Lentz def. Winner via unanimous decision
Dan Miller: $30,000 ($15,000 to show, $15,000 to win)
John Salter: $8,000
Miller def. Salter via submission (guillotine choke)
Greg Soto: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Nick Osipczak: $10,000
Soto def. Osipczak via unanimous decision
Mike Pierce: $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Amilcar Alves: $6,000
Pierce def. Alves via submission (armbar)
Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. 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 118 go here.
The total base fighter payroll for the PPV event, which attracted an official crowd of 14,168 attendees and a live gate of approximately $2.8 million, was $1.428 million.